Hobey Watch: 12/2

This week’s list features two new entries in the top 10 and a new member of the Hat Trick. It also includes three Ivy Leaguers and another on the bubble. Could one of them become the first ECAC player to win it since Harvard’s Lane MacDonald in 1989? We’ll have to see.

In the meantime, here’s the list:

10. Drew Shore, Sophomore F, Denver — Shore makes his Hobey Watch debut after he exploded for four goals and two assists last weekend, including a hat trick against Lake Superior on Friday, to help lead the No. 10 Pioneers to the Denver Cup title. Shore is now tied for third in the country in both goals (12) and points (22), but he’s tied for just 12th in points per game (1.38).

9. James Mello, Junior G, Dartmouth — Mello (5-1-1) also makes his debut this week after saving 56 of the 60 shots he faced in a pair of wins over Harvard. He has yet to give up more than two goals in a game this season and currently ranks second nationally in both goals-against average (1.27) and save percentage (.958). The Big Green are off this weekend.

8. Mike Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly and the No. 1 Bulldogs had last weekend off. He still ranks in the top eight in the nation in goals (9, t-8th), points (20, t-5th) and points per game (1.43, t-8th). UMD hosts Denver for a pair this weekend.

7. David Warsofsky, Junior D, Boston University — Warsofsky registered two assists in the No. 2/3 Terriers’ tie against Brown on Saturday, including the primary helper on Wade Megan’s game-tying marker in the third. He’s now tied for third among defensemen in goals (4) and tied for fifth in points per game (1.00). BU faces off against archrival No. 8 BC in a home-and-home this weekend.

6. Denny Kearney, Senior F, Yale — Kearney and the No. 2 Bulldogs, just like the other Bulldogs one spot ahead of them, had the weekend off. Kearney is third in the country in points per game (1.89) and tied for fourth in plus/minus (+12). Yale hosts No. 15/16 Rensselaer and No. 13 Union this weekend.

5. Jake Gardiner, Junior D, Wisconsin — The No. 15 Badgers tied No. 11 Michigan and beat Michigan State in the final College Hockey Showcase, and Gardiner certainly showcased himself. He tallied two goals and four assists on the weekend and now ranks second among blue-liners in points (18) and fourth in points per game (1.12). Wisconsin travels to Alaska-Anchorage for a pair this weekend.

4. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele notched two goals in the No. 6 RedHawks’ weekend split at No. 19 Western Michigan — his first goals in three weeks. He is now second nationally in points (27), fourth in points per game (1.69) and tied for second in assists (19). Miami hosts No. 12 Notre Dame for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse (8-3-0) proved that he is in fact human when he gave up four goals on 31 shots in a loss at No. 18 Merrimack on Friday, marking the first time he’s allowed more than two goals this season. But then he returned to form Sunday, saving all 20 shots he faced in a win over Vermont. Muse is now third in both GAA (1.57) and save percentage (.950).

2. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale — Like Kearney, Little had the weekend off. However, he did manage to move into a tie for first in the nation in points per game (2.00) because our No. 1 Hobey candidate continued to slide a bit. Little is also second in goals per game (0.89) and tied for first in plus/minus (+13).

1. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper had two assists last weekend and is still first in points (32) and assists (20), tied for third in goals (12) and tied for first in points per game (2.00). But as I mentioned above, he’s quietly been slowing down over the last few weeks, as he has just eight points in his last seven games. Still, he does have at least a point in 14 of 16 games this season, including multiple points in 11.

On the bubble: Jack Connolly (Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Jack Maclellan (Junior F, Brown), Paul Thompson (Senior F, New Hampshire), Justin Schultz (Sophomore D, Wisconsin), Keith Kinkaid (Sophomore G, Union)

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