This year’s Hobey race is shaping up to be a very good one. We have top contenders from all four major conferences and we have guys putting up some great stats. Three players are averaging more points per game than Gustav Nyquist’s nation-best pace of 1.56 last season.
Onto the list:
10. Scott Gudmandson, Senior G, Wisconsin — Gudmandson and the No. 7 Badgers had last weekend off. He hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since Nov. 19 and is 11-2-0 during that stretch. He ranks first in goals-against average (1.78), tied for first in save percentage (.935) and tied for third in shutouts (4).
9. Stephane Da Costa, Sophomore F, Merrimack — Da Costa makes the jump from the bubble to the top 10 after recording a goal and three assists in the No. 11 Warriors’ pair of wins over Northeastern and Massachusetts. He is now tied for eighth in points per game with 1.38 and he has 28 points in his last 16 games. Merrimack has a big home-and-home with No. 6 New Hampshire this weekend.
8. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly moves up one spot after notching five assists in the No. 3 Bulldogs’ win and tie against Minnesota. He now ranks sixth in points per game (1.48) and third in assists per game (1.04) and he has 15 points in his last eight games. UMD hosts St. Cloud State for a pair this weekend.
7. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse saved all 14 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over UMass on Friday and then stopped 34 of 36 in a 3-2 overtime victory against No. 14 Boston University in the first round of the Beanpot. He’s now tied for first in save percentage (.935) and ranks seventh in GAA (1.98) and third in winning percentage (.810).
6. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper drops a spot after registering just one goal in the No. 12 RedHawks’ weekend sweep of No. 13 Michigan. He still ranks third in points per game (1.57) and second in assists per game (1.07), but he’s falling further behind teammate Andy Miele in both categories. Miami hosts No. 15 Western Michigan for a two-game series this weekend.
5. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson swaps spots with Camper after collecting a goal and two assists against UMass on Friday. He now ranks fourth in goals per game (0.77) and 12th in points per game (1.35). BC travels to Providence this Friday before facing Northeastern in the Beanpot title game Monday.
4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Like Gudmandson, Schultz had the weekend off. He still leads all defensemen in goals (15), points (39) and points per game (1.30). That points per game mark ties him for 15th overall. The Badgers visit No. 16 Nebraska-Omaha for a pair this weekend.
The Hat Trick
3. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek had his seven-game point streak snapped Friday night in the No. 8 Engineers’ tie at Quinnipiac, but he followed that up with a goal and two assists in a win at Princeton. He’s now tied for fourth in points per game with 1.50 and he leads the country with eight game-winning goals. RPI plays host to Colgate and Cornell this weekend.
2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele registered a goal and four assists in Miami’s sweep of Michigan and continues to lead the nation in points (54), assists (38) and points per game (1.80). The fact that he continues to separate himself from Camper and that the RedHawks are now right on the NCAA tournament bubble means it might not be long until Miele takes over the top spot.
1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson tallied three goals in the Wildcats’ weekend sweep of archrival No. 18 Maine. He now leads the country in goals per game (0.88) and ranks second in points per game (1.62). He’s also tied for second in game-winning goals (6). Thompson now has 16 goals and seven assists in his last 12 games, which, quite frankly, is pretty absurd.
On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Matt Frattin (Senior F, North Dakota), Jack Maclellan (Junior F, Brown), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), Allen York (Junior G, Rensselaer)