Hobey Watch: March 10

Just because it’s late in the season doesn’t mean the Hobey Watch is set in stone. This week’s top 10 features two new faces.

Let’s get to it.

10. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek accrued three goals and an assist in the No. 20 Engineers’ first-round series against Colgate, but it wasn’t enough to avoid getting upset by the last-place Raiders. RPI is now tied for 16th in the PairWise and has to hope other bubble teams falter in order to make NCAAs. If the Engineers miss out, Polacek’s Hobey chances take a big hit.

9. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Last year’s leading scorer returns to the top 10 for the first time since Nov. 18 after recording a goal and three assists in the No. 14 Black Bears’ win and tie at Massachusetts. Nyquist now has 18 points (11g, 7a) in his last 10 games and has climbed to eighth in points per game (1.35). Maine plays at No. 9 Merrimack in its quarterfinal series this weekend.

8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — The No. 4 Dutchmen had a first-round bye in the ECAC tournament, so Kinkaid stays at eight. He still ranks first in goals-against average (1.94), tied for first in wins (24) and fifth in minutes (2014:32), but he’s just 11th in save percentage (.923). Union hosts Colgate in a quarterfinal series this weekend.

7. Matt Frattin, Senior F, North Dakota — Frattin makes the biggest leap this week, as he jumps from out of the top 10 up to seven after tallying two goals and five assists in the No. 1 Fighting Sioux’s pair of wins at Michigan Tech. He now ranks fourth in goals per game (0.78) and 10th in points per game (1.32). North Dakota takes on last-place Tech again this weekend in a first-round series.

6. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly holds steady at six after collecting two assists in the No. 11 Bulldogs’ weekend split against No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha. His pointless night on Friday snapped an 11-game point streak, but he still ranks fourth in points per game (1.46) and second in assists per game (1.09). UMD hosts St. Cloud State in the first round this weekend.

5. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper remains at five as the No. 7 RedHawks had a first-round bye last weekend. He still ranks third in both points per game (1.47) and assists per game (0.97). Miami hosts Alaska for a quarterfinal series this weekend.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz also stays in the same spot as last week after scoring a goal in the No. 19 Badgers’ weekend split against No. 16 Colorado College. He still leads all defensemen in goals (18), points (46) and points per game (1.21). His chances will take a hit, though, if Wisconsin misses NCAAs, which it looks it will, barring a WCHA tournament title.

The Hat Trick

3. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — After falling out of first last week, Thompson drops another spot this week after registering just one assist in the No. 10 Wildcats’ pair of losses to No. 2 Boston College last weekend. He still ranks fifth in both points per game (1.44) and goals per game (0.76), but he has just three points in his last four games. UNH hosts Vermont in the quarterfinals this weekend.

2. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson leapfrogs Thompson after notching three goals and an assist to help the Eagles beat out the Wildcats for the Hockey East regular-season title. He now ranks third in goals per game (0.79) and seventh in points per game (1.38). BC hosts UMass in the quarterfinals this weekend.

1. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Miele comes in at the top spot for the second straight week following the RedHawks’ first-round bye. He continues to lead the country in both points per game (1.79) and assists per game (1.24). What’s even more impressive about that points per game pace is how much better it is than anyone else’s. He’s 0.22 ahead of everyone and 0.32 ahead of everyone in the big four conference.

On the bubble: Mike Connolly (Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Brian Gibbons (Senior F, Boston College), Brian O’Neill (Junior F, Yale), Paul Zanette (Senior F, Niagara), Aaron Dell (Sophomore G, North Dakota)

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