Hobey Watch: Feb 3

The polls aren’t the only place where Yale is dropping this week.

After losing to Union and Rensselaer last weekend, a pair of Bulldogs fall out of the top 10 in this week’s Hobey Watch. Senior goalie Ryan Rondeau drops out altogether after giving up seven goals, while senior forward Broc Little lands on the bubble after extending his scoreless streak to four games.

Here’s who made the top 10:

10. Allen York, Junior G, Rensselaer – York (16-6-3) returns to the top 10 following an outstanding weekend. He stopped all 36 shots he faced to shut out Brown on Friday night and then saved 38 of 40 shots Saturday night as the No. 9 Engineers upset No. 3 Yale. York now ranks third in goals-against average (1.86), seventh in save percentage (.932), fourth in minutes played (1512:33) and tied for third in wins (16).

9. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth – Connolly and the No. 4 Bulldogs had a rare weekend off this late in the season. He still ranks eighth nationally in points per game (1.40) and tied for 10th in points (35). UMD hosts Minnesota for a pair this weekend.

8. Jack Maclellan, Junior F, Brown – Maclellan could be on the verge of dropping out of the top 10. Not only does he have just five points in his last six games, but the Bears have lost three in a row and five of their last seven and will have to win the ECAC tournament to make the NCAAs. That said, Maclellan still ranks sixth in points per game (1.43) and ninth in goals per game (0.67).

7. Scott Gudmandson, Senior G, Wisconsin – Gudmandson (14-6-1) stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced in the No. 7 Badgers’ 4-2 win over Michigan Tech on Friday. Gudmandson hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a game since Nov. 19 and is 11-2-0 during that stretch. He ranks second in GAA (1.78), third in save percentage (.935) and tied for second in shutouts (4).

6. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College – Atkinson registered a pair of goals in the No. 1 Eagles’ 5-1 win over Massachusetts-Lowell on Saturday. He now ranks fourth in goals per game (0.79) and tied for 11th in points per game (1.33). Atkinson has points in 12 of his last 13 games and has been held scoreless in just four times all season. BC hosts Massachusetts on Friday before facing No. 14 Boston University in the first round of the Beanpot on Monday.

5. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami – Camper tallied three assists last weekend in the No. 13 RedHawks’ pair of ties at No. 10 Notre Dame. He still ranks second in points (46), assists (32) and points per game (1.64). Hindering his candidacy, though, is the fact that he has a teammate ahead of him in all three categories and that Miami would still be out of the NCAAs if the season ended today.

4. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer – You had to figure Polacek, a finalist last year, was going to make a run for the Hobey at some point. That point is now. He has seven goals and seven assists in his last seven games and is now tied for fourth in points (39) and fifth in points per game (1.50). He’s also first in game-winning goals with seven. The Engineers travel to Quinnipiac and No. 19 Princeton this weekend.

The Hat Trick

3. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin – Schultz recorded a goal and two assists last weekend and continues to lead all defensemen in goals (15), points (39) and points per game (1.30). Those totals are good enough to tie him for fourth overall in points and 15th in points per game. The Badgers, who have won 12 of their last 13, visit No. 18 Nebraska-Omaha for a pair this weekend.

2. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami – Miele had a big weekend with a goal and four assists against Notre Dame. He’s riding a seven-game point streak and leads the country in points (49), assists (34) and points per game (1.75). Miele will have to continue to separate himself from Camper and help Miami make the NCAAs if he hopes to win, though. The RedHawks host No. 8 Michigan for two this weekend.

1. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire – Thompson hangs onto the top spot for another week after collecting three goals and two assists in the No. 6 Wildcats’ weekend sweep of Providence. He ranks third in both points per game (1.62) and goals per game (0.83) and is tied for fourth in both points (39) and goals (20). He’s also tied for second in game-winning goals with five. UNH hosts archrival No. 15 Maine for a pair this weekend.

On the bubble: Stephane Da Costa (Sophomore F, Merrimack), Carl Hagelin (Senior F, Michigan), Broc Little (Senior F, Yale), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), John Muse (Senior G, Boston College)

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2 Responses to “Hobey Watch: Feb 3”

  1. Phil
    February 6, 2011 at 2:42 pm #

    Whats the likelihood of any of these senoirs playing in the NHL or signing with NHL teams after the tournanment?

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