Hobey Watch: 1/20/2011

For the first time since Oct. 28, we have a new No. 1. That’s right – Carter Camper’s nearly three-month reign over the top spot is over. Elsewhere, though, there’s only one name in the top 10 that wasn’t there last week.

Here’s the list:

10. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College – Muse (13-4-0) drops six spots after what was easily his worst game of the season. He gave up four goals on 11 shots before being pulled as the No. 3 Eagles lost 4-1 at No. 10 Maine on Sunday. That effort caused him to plummet to 18th in goals-against average (2.16), but he still ranks sixth in save percentage (.930) and tied for fourth in wins.

9. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth – Connolly had just one assist last weekend as the No. 5 Bulldogs split with No. 9 Wisconsin. But he still ranks fourth nationally in assists (23), tied for sixth in points (32) and 14th in points per game (1.39). UMD visits Michigan Tech for a pair this weekend.

8. Ryan Rondeau, Senior G, Yale – Rondeau (14-1-0) had a mediocre weekend as he saved 44 of the 49 shots he faced in the No. 1 Bulldogs’ split with Brown. He also suffered his first loss of the season. Still, he ranks third in GAA (1.85), fifth in save percentage (.931) and tied for second in wins. Yale hosts Clarkson and St. Lawrence this weekend.

7. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College – Atkinson had the Eagles’ lone goal up at Maine and he’s now tied for fourth in the country with 17 on the season. He’s also third in goals per game (0.81), tied for 17th in points (28) and 19th in points per game (1.33). Atkinson, Muse and company visit archrival No. 15 Boston University on Friday before hosting Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday.

6. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin – Schultz had a goal and an assist last weekend against UMD and he continues to lead all defensemen in goals (14), points (32) and points per game (1.23). What’s even more impressive is that he’s five clear of the field in both goals and points. The Badgers host Minnesota State for a pair this weekend.

5. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown – Maclellan had a goal and assist against Yale, with both coming in Sunday’s 3-2 win over the top team in the nation. The scoreless game Saturday snapped a nine-game point streak, but Maclellan is still tied for fourth in points per game (1.59) and tied for eighth in goals per game (0.71). The Bears host St. Lawrence and Clarkson this weekend.

4. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami – Miele registered five assists in the No. 11 RedHawks’ weekend sweep of Bowling Green to move into a tie with teammate Carter Camper for the national lead in points with 39. He also ranks first in assists with 28 and is tied for second in points per game with 1.63.

The Hat Trick

3. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami – While Miele climbs three spots this week, Camper drops two. He had just one assist on the weekend and now has just two points in his last four games. He’s still tied for first in points (39) and tied for second in points per game (1.63), though, and he stays ahead of Miele because he has two more goals. Camper, Miele and company travel to Michigan State for two this weekend.

2. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale – Little notched a goal and two assists against Brown and is now sixth in goals per game (0.76) and tied for fourth in points per game (1.59). Although you could argue that Camper and Miele are having better statistical seasons, Little gets the edge over them because he scores more goals and his team’s No. 1 in the country, while Miami would be out of the big dance if the season ended today.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire – Thompson takes over the top spot after tallying a goal and an assist in the No. 7 Wildcats’ 5-4 loss to No. 18 Dartmouth in the Riverstone Cup. He has nine goals and five assists in his last six games and now leads the country with 1.65 points per game. He’s tied for third in points (33) and tied for sixth in goals (16). UNH hosts Providence and BU this weekend.

On the bubble: Matt Frattin (Senior F, North Dakota), Nathan Longpre (Senior F, Robert Morris), Chase Polacek (Senior F, Rensselaer), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Scott Gudmandson (Senior G, Wisconsin)

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