Even this late in the season, there is still plenty of room for turnover.
This week’s list features four names who weren’t in the top 10 last week, including a new member of the Hat Trick. Earlier this season, there was a big gap between the guys at the top and the guys at the bottom. But that gap has been slowly closing for the last couple weeks, and I feel comfortable saying that this race is as wide open as ever right now.
Let’s get to it:
10. Matt Frattin, Senior F, North Dakota – Frattin netted two goals last weekend in the No. 2 Fighting Sioux’s sweep of Robert Morris. He now has an eight-game goal-scoring streak and stands four clear of the field for the national lead in goals with 20 on the season. He’s also tied for eighth in points with 28, but he ranks just 32nd in points per game with 1.22. Frattin and the Sioux host rival Minnesota for a pair this weekend.
9. Ryan Rondeau, Senior G, Yale – Goaltending was a question mark for Yale entering the season. So much for that. Rondeau is a perfect 13-0-0 and he ranks second in the country in goals-against average (1.74) and fourth in save percentage (.936). Last weekend, he saved 61 of the 64 shots he faced to lead the No. 1 Bulldogs to a pair of road wins against Dartmouth and Harvard.
8. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth – The No. 5 Bulldogs had the weekend off from regular-season games (they played an exhibition against US Under-18 Team). Connolly still ranks in the top 10 in points (31, t-4th), assists (22, 4th) and points per game (1.48, 7th). UMD plays host to No. 9/11 Wisconsin for two games this weekend.
7. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami – Miele had a goal last weekend, but it didn’t help as the No. 12 RedHawks suffered a sweep at the hands of Ohio State. He still ranks second in points (34), third in assists (23) and fifth in points per game (1.55), but he now has just one point in his last three games. More importantly, Miami has lost all three of those games and would be out of the NCAA Tournament if the season ended today.
6. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin – Schultz registered two goals and two assists last weekend as the Badgers swept Canisius. He leads all defensemen in points (30), goals (13) and points per game (1.25). The 30 points are good for seventh overall nationally and the 13 goals tie him for 11th overall. Schultz’ candidacy could be hindered by the fact that his defensive partner, Jake Gardiner, is also a potential Hobey finalist.
5. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown – Maclellan notched two assists last weekend as the Bears beat Harvard and lost to Dartmouth. He now ranks second in points per game (1.67) and sixth in goals per game (0.73). He’s also riding a nine-game point streak. Maclellan and company will try to hand Rondeau his first loss of the season this weekend as they take on Yale in a home-and-home.
4. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College – Muse (13-3-0) continued the best regular season of his storied career by saving 33 of the 34 shots he faced in the No. 3 Eagles’ 4-1 win over Providence on Friday. He now ranks third in save percentage (.937) and eighth in goals-against average (1.96). BC travels to No. 13/14 Maine on Sunday.
The Hat Trick
3. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale – Little drops a spot after tallying just one assist last weekend. He still ranks fourth in points per game (1.60) and tied for second in goals per game (0.80), but he has now been held scoreless in three of his last five games. The good news for his candidacy is that although he’s now just two points clear of his closest teammate in points, he’s still three clear of any of them in goals.
2. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire – Thompson vaults from the bubble to No. 2 after a huge weekend. He accrued four goals and two assists to lead the No. 4 Wildcats to a pair of wins over Massachusetts-Lowell and Massachusetts. In Friday’s win over the River Hawks, he recorded his second hat trick in four games. Thompson is now third in points per game (1.63), tied for fourth in points (31) and tied for fifth in goals (15).
1. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami – Like teammate Miele, Camper had a sub-par weekend, dishing out just one helper as the RedHawks dropped two to the Buckeyes. It wasn’t enough to drop him from the top spot, though, as he still leads the nation in points (38), assists (25) and points per game (1.73). However, it’s worth noting that he now has just two goals and 10 points in his last 10 games. Camper and Miami look to get back on track this weekend when they host Bowling Green for two.
On the bubble: Cam Atkinson (Junior F, Boston College), Chase Polacek (Senior F, Rensselaer), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Jake Gardiner (Junior D, Wisconsin), Pat Nagle (Senior G, Ferris State)