Hobey Watch: Feb 17

If you’re one of those people who don’t like change, this Hobey Watch is for you. The top nine are exactly the same as last week, as only No. 10 and a couple bubble spots change.

Here we go:

10. Paul Zanette, Senior F, Niagara — Zanette has been on the radar, if not on the bubble, pretty much all season. He finally cracks the top 10 after amassing a goal and three assists in the Purple Eagles’ weekend split at Air Force. He now ranks third in the country in both points per game (1.53) and goals per game (0.80). Niagara has a home-and-home with Canisius this weekend.

9. Stephane Da Costa, Sophomore F, Merrimack — Da Costa was injured in the No. 6 Warriors’ 4-2 win at No. 8 New Hampshire on Friday and missed Saturday’s game, a 3-2 overtime win against UNH. Mike McMahon of The Eagle Tribune and College Hockey News reported the injury is not season ending, but obviously Da Costa’s Hobey chances would take a hit if he misses any more time.

8. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly registered two assists last weekend in the No. 5 Bulldogs’ loss and tie against St. Cloud State. He now ranks fifth in points per game (1.45) and second in assists per game (1.03), but his 12 goals are the fewest of any skater in the top 10. UMD travels to Minnesota State for a pair this weekend.

7. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse saved all 24 shots he faced in the No. 1 Eagles’ win over Providence on Friday. Technically, it was only his third shutout, which ties for sixth nationally, but he’s been pulled in garbage time of two other games he hadn’t allowed a goal in. Muse struggled Monday night in the Beanpot final, giving up six goals on 27 shots, but he still came away with a 7-6 win over Northeastern. He now ranks fourth in save percentage (.931) and tied for third in wins (19).

6. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper was held pointless last weekend in the No. 10 RedHawks’ win and tie against No. 17 Western Michigan. He’s now gone three games without a point and has just two in his last five. Still, he ranks fourth in points per game (1.47) and tied for third in assists per game (1.00). Miami has this weekend off.

5. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson notched a goal against Providence before somehow going pointless in Monday’s 7-6 shootout against Northeastern. He now ranks fifth in goals per game (0.75) and tied for 14th in points per game (1.29). BC plays Northeastern twice more this weekend in a home-and-home.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz had two assists last weekend as the No. 12 Badgers were swept by No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha. He continues to lead all defensemen in goals per game (0.47) and points per game (1.28). That 1.28 points pace puts him 16th overall. Wisconsin hosts archrival Minnesota for two this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek recorded just one goal last weekend as the No. 14 Engineers dropped a pair of overtime games to Colgate and Cornell. He still ranks sixth in points per game (1.43) and leads the country in game-winning goals (8). RPI travels to the North Country this weekend to take on St. Lawrence and Clarkson.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele tallied a goal and an assist last weekend and continues to lead the country in both points per game (1.75) and assists per game (1.22). Miele has certainly separated himself from Camper as the RedHawks’ best Hobey candidate, so you can definitely make a very good case for him being No. 1. But Paul Thompson has a decisive edge in goal scoring, which Hobey voters tend to put a lot of emphasis on.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson hangs onto the top spot for the fifth straight week after collecting a goal and an assist last weekend. He ranks second in both points per game (1.57) and goals per game (0.86). He’s also tied for first in power-play goals (11) and tied for second in game-winning goals (6). UNH travels to Vermont for a pair this weekend.

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Jack Maclellan (Junior F, Brown), Gustav Nyquist (Junior F, Maine), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Scott Gudmandson (Senior G, Wisconsin)

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