Hobey Watch: 11/11

Slowly but surely, the Hobey race is starting to take shape.

This week’s list features just two new names — one in the top 10 and one on the bubble. Obviously there are plenty of guys not mentioned here who can jump into the race, but it appears we’re past that volatile early-season stage when half the list changes from week to week.

Here’s this week’s list:

10. Jake Gardiner, Junior D, Wisconsin — Gardiner registered one assist and a +1 rating in the No. 13/14 Badgers’ win and tie against rival No. 19 Minnesota last weekend. He’s now tied for third among defensemen with nine points (2g, 7a) and he’s tied for second among all players with a +11 rating on the season. Wisconsin kicks off a six-game homestand this weekend with a pair against No. 10 North Dakota.

9. Scott Greenham, Junior G, Alaska — Greenham (6-3-1) registered a 26-save shutout (his first of the season) against No. 8/9 Michigan on Friday, but then he gave up four goals on 39 shots as the No. 13/14 Nanooks lost to the Wolverines on Saturday. Still, Greenham ranks first in the nation in minutes played (603:35), eighth in goals-against average (1.79) and 10th in save percentage (.931).

8. Brian O’Neill, Junior F, Yale — O’Neill helped the No. 3/4 Bulldogs remain undefeated by tallying two goals and two assists in wins over Princeton and Quinnipiac last weekend. After recording 45 points last season, O’Neill already has nine in four games this year, ranking him fourth nationally in points per game with 2.25. Yale hits the road for the first time this weekend with games at Colorado College and Air Force.

7. David Warsofsky, Junior D, Boston University — Warsofsky was held pointless in the No. 1 Terriers’ 2-2 tie against No. 5 Maine on Saturday, but he was a +1 in the game and he made some big plays on defense. He ranks third among defensemen with 1.13 points per game and his +7 rating lands him in the top 20 nationally. Warsofsky and BU look to remain undefeated when they face Merrimack in a home-and-home series this weekend.

6. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — Kinkaid saved 15 shots in the No. 12 Dutchmen’s 2-1 win at Harvard on Friday and followed that up with a 29-save shutout in a 0-0 tie at Dartmouth the next night. He’s now second in the country in GAA (1.39), third in save percentage (.943) and tied for first in shutouts (2). Union takes on rival No. 18 Rensselaer in a home-and-home this weekend.

5. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Nyquist had a goal at BU and he’s now tied for ninth in the country with 13 points. He’s also tied for sixth in assists (10) and tied for ninth in points per game (1.63), which is actually better than his nation-leading 1.56 points per game last year. It’s a safe bet that the guys ahead of him won’t keep scoring two points per game, so don’t be surprised to see Nyquist end up near the top again.

4. Mike Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly notched a goal and two assists in the No. 2 Bulldogs’ split at North Dakota last weekend. His slick behind-the-back pass in overtime on Saturday set up Justin Fontaine’s game-winner. Connolly now ranks in the top 10 nationally in points (16, t-4th), goals (7, t-7th) and assists (9, t-10th). Connolly and UMD host Michigan Tech for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — The No. 3/4 RedHawks lost their No. 1 ranking after a loss and tie at No. 20 Ferris State, but Miele still posted two goals on the weekend. He’s second in the country in points (19), fifth in points per game (1.90), tied for second in assists (13) and tied for second in plus/minus (+11). Miele and the sixth-ranked Miami offense take on Greenham and the sixth-ranked Alaska defense this weekend.

2. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale — Little had two goals and two assists last weekend, dropping his nation-leading points per game average from 3.00 to 2.50. He has at least one goal and at least one assist in all four Yale games so far. His 1.25 goals per game tie him with teammates O’Neill and Denny Kearney for best in the country. That’s a category he topped last year as well with 27 goals in 34 games.

1. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper had two assists Friday night before being held off the score sheet Saturday for the first time this season. Friday was his eighth multi-point game of the year and Saturday snapped his nine-game season-starting point streak. He’s still first in the nation in points (24), assists (15) and plus/minus (+13). He’s also third in points per game (2.40) and tied for first in goals (9).

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Adam Presizniuk (Senior F, Union), Rich Purslow (Senior F, Nebraska-Omaha), Zach Redmond (Senior D, Ferris State), Allen York (Junior G, Rensselaer)


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