Hobey Watch: 1/27/2011

This week’s Hobey Watch features just one new name in the top 10 that wasn’t there last week. There’s still plenty of jostling around within the top 10, though, including one teammate leapfrogging another.

Here we go:

10. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College – Atkinson registered two assists last weekend as the No. 2 Eagles beat No. 16 Boston University and Mass-Lowell. He now has just four points in his last five games, though. Although that’s not much of a concern for the Eagles – they’re 4-1 in those games – it is a concern for his Hobey candidacy.

9. Ryan Rondeau, Senior G, Yale – Rondeau (16-1-0) stopped 49 of the 52 shots he faced last weekend to help lead the No. 1 Bulldogs to a pair of wins over Clarkson and St. Lawrence. He ranks first in winning percentage (.941), third in goals-against average (1.80) and sixth in save percentage (.932).

8. Scott Gudmandson, Senior G, Wisconsin – Gudmandson (13-6-1) made an astounding 71 saves on 74 shots in the No. 8 Badgers’ pair of wins over Minnesota State and cracks the top 10 for the first time as a result. He now ranks second in GAA (1.76), third in save percentage (.935) and tied for first in shutouts (4).

7. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth – Connolly tallied three goals in the No. 5 Bulldogs’ weekend sweep at Michigan Tech. He’s now tied for fifth in the country in points (35) and tied for fourth in assists (23). He also ranks 11th in points per game (1.40). UMD hosts Minnesota for two this weekend.

6. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown – Maclellan notched a goal and an assist last weekend as the Bears picked up a win over St. Lawrence on Friday before falling to Clarkson on Saturday. Maclellan is now sixth in points per game (1.53) and tied for eighth in goals per game (0.68). Brown faces a tough challenge this weekend when it visits No. 10 Rensselaer and No. 13 Union.

5. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale – Little drops out of the Hat Trick following a scoreless weekend. He now has just one goal and three assists in his last six games. He still ranks eighth in points per game (1.42) and tied for eight in goals per game (0.68), but he’ll need to pick it up if he wants to get back near the front of the Hobey race. Yale travels to Union and Rensselaer this weekend.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin – Schultz recorded four assists last weekend and now has nine points in his last five games. He leads all defensemen with 36 points, 14 goals and 1.29 points per game and ranks second among blue-liners with 22 assists. Those 36 points are good for fourth overall. Wisconsin travels to Michigan Tech for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami – Camper accrued a goal and three assists last weekend as the No. 11 RedHawks split a series at Michigan State. He now ranks second nationally in points (43), assists (29) and points per game (1.65). The biggest obstacle for Camper’s Hobey candidacy, however, could be…

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami – Miele leapfrogs his teammate for the first time all year after collecting three goals and two assists last weekend. He now leads the country in all those categories Camper’s second in, as Miele has 44 points, 30 assists and 1.69 points per game. If they stay neck and neck like this down the stretch, it could be tough for either of them to win the Hobey. Miami visits No. 9 Notre Dame for a crucial series this weekend.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire – Thompson barely hangs onto the top spot after gathering just one goal last weekend in the No. 7 Wildcats’ win over Providence and loss to BU. He made it count, though – it was the overtime winner against the Friars. Thompson now ranks third in both points per game (1.55) and goals per game (0.77). He’s tied for ninth in points (34) and tied for fifth in goals (17). Although the point total isn’t quite as high as that of Miele and Camper, Thompson scores more goals and doesn’t have a teammate matching him point for point.

On the bubble: Carl Hagelin (Senior F, Michigan), Chase Polacek (Senior F, Rensselaer), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), John Muse (Senior G, Boston College)

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