Two new goalies break into the top 10 and one forward continues to skyrocket up the list. Let’s get right to it:
10. Aaron Dell, Sophomore G, North Dakota — Dell breaks into the top 10 for the first this season after saving 34 of the 35 shots he faced in the Fighting Sioux’s first-round sweep of Michigan Tech. Dell ranks just 16th in save percentage (.921), but he’s now first in both goals-against average (1.87) and wins (26). North Dakota will face either Colorado College or Alaska-Anchorage in the Final Five semifinals on Friday.
9. Gustav Nyquist, Junior F, Maine — Nyquist stays in ninth after tallying a goal and four assists in last weekend’s quarterfinal series at Merrimack. The Black Bears got swept by the Warriors, though, and now need outside help to make the NCAAs. Nyquist ranks sixth in points per game (1.42) and fourth in assists per game (0.92).
8. John Muse, Senior G, Boston College — Muse returns to the top 10 for the first time in a month after stopping 44 of the 47 shots he faced in the Eagles’ quarterfinal sweep of Massachusetts. He’s tied for second in wins (25), tied for fourth in save percentage (.927) and seventh in goals-against average (2.04). BC faces Northeastern in the semifinals Friday night.
7. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper drops two spots after registering two assists in the RedHawks’ quarterfinal sweep of Alaska. He now has just five points in his last seven games, but he still ranks tied for fourth in points per game (1.44) and third in assists per game (0.97). Miami takes on Notre Dame in the semifinals Friday.
6. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly stays at six after collecting two goals and an assist in the Bulldogs’ first-round sweep of St. Cloud State. He now ranks third in points per game (1.46) and second in assists per game (1.05) and he has at least a point in 14 of his last 15 games. UMD faces Bemidji State in a Final Five play-in game Thursday.
5. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz drops a spot after notching an assist in the Badgers’ first-round series loss to Colorado College. Unfortunately for his Hobey candidacy, Wisconsin’s season is now over. He still leads all defensemen in goals (18), points (47) and points per game (1.15).
4. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson drops out of the Hat Trick after recording just one point (a goal) in BC’s sweep of UMass. He’s now tied for fourth in goals per game and 11th in points per game (1.33), but he has just five points in his last five games. He’ll need to pick that pace up if he’s going to have any chance of actually winning the Hobey.
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3. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson stays at three after accruing two goals and an assist in the Wildcats’ quarterfinal sweep of Vermont. He’s now tied for fourth in both points per game (1.44) and goals per game (0.78). UNH takes on Merrimack in the semifinals on Friday.
2. Matt Frattin, Senior F, North Dakota — Frattin continues his rapid climb up this list as he breaks into the Hat Trick for the first time this season after tallying four goals and an assist in North Dakota’s first-round sweep of Michigan Tech. He now has an incredible 13 goals and 11 assists in his last 11 games and ranks first in goals per game (0.85) and seventh in points per game (1.38). Frattin certainly has the goals (a nation-leading 33) and the strong finish to win the Hobey; it’s just a matter of whether it’ll be enough to catch the next guy.
1. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — Make it three straight weeks at No. 1 for Miele. He collected two goals and two assists in Miami’s sweep of Alaska and continues to lead the country by a wide margin in points (65), points per game (1.81) and assists per game (1.22). Although he doesn’t score goals quite at the pace of Frattin, it’s not like Miele only gets assists. He’s tied for 14th in goals (21) and 15th in goals per game (0.58). Miele is also riding a nation-best 15-game point streak.
On the bubble: Justin Fontaine (Senior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Brian Gibbons (Senior F, Boston College), Jason Gregoire (Junior F, North Dakota), Chase Polacek (Senior F, Rensselaer), Keith Kinkaid (Sophomore G, Union)