Hobey Watch: 12/9

As we wind down toward winter break, this list probably won’t see any wholesale changes for a while. But for this week, we have three new entries.

Here’s the list:

10. James Mello, Junior G, Dartmouth — Mello (5-1-1) and the No. 19 Big Green didn’t play this weekend, but they did break into the top 20 in the national rankings. Mello is second in the country in goals-against average (1.27) and tied for first in save percentage (.958). Dartmouth hosts Vermont on Sunday.

9. Jaden Schwartz, Freshman F, Colorado College — Schwartz rebounded from a scoreless weekend against Alaska-Anchorage in a big way, tallying two goals and five assists in a pair of routs at Michigan Tech. He now ranks third nationally in points (25), sixth in points per game (1.56) and tied for eighth in goals (11). The Tigers travel to St. Cloud State for a pair this weekend.

8. David Warsofsky, Junior D, Boston University — Like most of the No. 7 Terriers, Warsofsky had a tough go of it against No. 4 Boston College, posting a -3 rating in a pair of blowout losses. He still had a goal and an assist on the weekend, though, and he also rebounded with two assists in a 5-4 win over Northeastern on Wednesday. Warsofsky is tied for fourth among defensemen with 1.06 points per game. BU visits No. 15 Rensselaer on Saturday.

7. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown — After a promising 2-0-2 road trip, the Bears ended the first semester with a disappointing homestand, losing to No. 13 Union and Rensselaer over the weekend and tying Providence on Tuesday. But Maclellan had five goals and two assists in those games and now ranks second in the nation with 1.82 points per game. He has 11 points in his last five games.

6. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Like Maclellan, Thompson makes the jump from the bubble into the top 10 this week. He had an assist in a win at UMass-Lowell on Thursday and followed that up with a hat trick and an assist in a win over Vermont on Sunday. He’s now eighth in points per game (1.53) and tied for sixth in points (23). The No. 3 Wildcats visit archrival No. 8 Maine on Friday.

5. Jake Gardiner, Junior D, Wisconsin — Gardiner had an unspectacular one-assist weekend as the No. 16 Badgers split a series at Alaska-Anchorage, but he gets to stay in the top five simply because the guys who were behind him last week didn’t do much (in fact, three of them fell out of the top 10). Gardiner is tied with Warsofsky at 1.06 points per game. Wisconsin hosts Bemidji State for two this weekend.

4. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele notched four assists in the No. 6 RedHawks’ weekend split with No. 11 Notre Dame to overtake linemate Carter Camper for the national lead in helpers (23). Miele’s also second in points (31) and third in points per game (1.72). If he played on another team, he’d probably be second on this list, but it’s hard to consider him a legitimate Hobey candidate when he’s not even the best candidate on his own line.

The Hat Trick

3. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse (10-3-0) was far from great last weekend, as he gave up seven goals on 54 shots. But he got the two wins against BU and he’s still a more legitimate candidate than anyone behind him. He ranks sixth in GAA (1.87), third in save percentage (.939), and he’s one of just four goalies with double-digit wins. The Eagles are off until Dec. 30.

2. Broc Little, Senior F, Yale — Little had a goal in the No. 1 Bulldogs’ win over Rensselaer on Friday to extend his point streak to 10 games, but then he went scoreless in wins over Union on Sunday and Vermont on Wednesday. Yale’s second line took over in those games, accounting for six of the team’s eight goals. Little’s still tied for fourth in points per game (1.58) and sixth in goals per game (0.75). Yale’s on break until the new year.

1. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper registered a goal and two assists against the Fighting Irish. He still tops the country in points (35) and points per game (1.94), and he’s second in assists (22) and tied for fourth in goals (13). He’s on pace for the first 70-point season in college hockey since Colorado College’s Peter Sejna (82) and Noah Clarke (70) and Ferris State’s Chris Kunitz (79) all did it in 2002-03. Miami is off until Dec. 29.

On the bubble: Cam Atkinson (Junior F, Boston College), Denny Kearney (Senior F, Yale), Drew Shore (Sophomore F, Denver), Justin Schultz (Sophomore D, Wisconsin), Pat Nagle (Senior G, Ferris State)

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