Hobey Watch: Feb 24

Last week, the top nine spots all stayed the same as the week before. That’s not the case this week, as only four guys are in the same spots as last week. Two guys return to the top 10 for the first time in months.

Let’s get right to it:

10. Paul Zanette, Senior F, Niagara — Zanette remains in the top 10 after collecting a goal and two assists in the Purple Eagles’ weekend split against Canisius. He ranks third in points per game (1.53) and fourth in goals per game (0.78) and is the most likely finalist from Atlantic Hockey right now. Niagara closes out the regular season with a home-and-home series against RIT this weekend.

9. Drew Shore, Sophomore F, Denver — Shore returns to the top 10 for the first time since Dec. 2 after recording two goals and two assists in the No. 6 Pioneers’ weekend split with Michigan Tech. He now ranks ninth in goals per game (0.63) and tied for 18th in points per game (1.27). Denver travels to No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha for a pair this weekend.

8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — It’s been an even longer absence from the top 10 for Kinkaid, who returns for the first time since Nov. 24. He has helped lead the No. 5 Dutchmen to the top of the ECAC standings with nine straight wins. Kinkaid ranks first in wins (23), third in goals-against average (2.00) and third in minutes played (1891:21). Union ends the regular season by hosting Quinnipiac and Princeton this weekend.

7. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly moves up one spot after notching three assists in the No. 7 Bulldogs’ weekend split at Minnesota State. He now ranks fifth in points per game (1.45) and second in assists per game (1.06) and is riding a nine-game point streak. UMD visits No. 19 Colorado College for two this weekend.

6. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper and the No. 11 RedHawks had the weekend off, so he naturally stays where he was last week. He still ranks fourth in points per game (1.47) and tied for third in assists per game (1.00), although he’s currently riding a three-game scoreless streak.

5. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek drops two spots after being held pointless last weekend in the No. 14 Engineers’ loss at St. Lawrence and win at Clarkson. He still ranks sixth in points per game (1.34) and first in game-winning goals (8), but he has just one point in his last four games now. RPI hosts Princeton and Quinnipiac this weekend to wrap up the regular season.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz stays at four after registering a goal and two assists last weekend in the No. 13 Badgers’ loss and tie against No. 20 Minnesota. He ranks first among defensemen and tied for 15th overall with 1.29 points per game. He also leads all blue-liners in goals with 16. Wisconsin travels to St. Cloud State for a pair this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson jumps two spots after accruing three goals and an assist last weekend in the No. 2 Eagles’ tie and loss against Northeastern. He’s now tied for second in goals per game (0.80) and tied for seventh in points per game (1.33). BC takes on Massachusetts in a home-and-home this weekend.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Like Camper, Miele stays where he was last week after having the weekend off. He still leads the country in points per game (1.75) and assists per game (1.22) and he’s currently riding an 11-game point streak. On top of all that, Miami put out this sweet highlight reel of him this week. Miami closes out the regular season with a trip to Lake Superior State this weekend.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson makes it six straight weeks at No. 1, but just barely. He tallied two assists in the No. 9 Wildcats’ win and tie at Vermont and now ranks second in points per game (1.53) and tied for second in goals per game (0.80). His big advantage over Miele continues to be goals, where he’s beating Miele 24-17. He also has four more game-winning goals than Miele (6 to 2). UNH faces Northeastern in a home-and-home this weekend.

On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Gustav Nyquist (Junior F, Maine), Brian O’Neill (Junior F, Yale), T.J. Tynan (Freshman F, Notre Dame), Joe Cannata (Junior G, Merrimack)

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