Hobey Watch: March 4

We’re getting close to the end. The ECAC, CCHA and Atlantic Hockey all begin their playoffs this weekend, while Hockey East and the WCHA both wrap up their regular seasons. The names in this week’s top 10 remain the same as last week, but for the first time in six weeks, we have a new top dog.

Here we go:

10. Paul Zanette, Senior F, Niagara — Zanette stays at No. 10 after netting four goals in the Purple Eagles’ win and tie against RIT. He’s now two clear of the rest of the country with 29 goals. He also ranks first in goals per game (0.85) and second in points per game (1.56). Niagara hosts Canisius on Saturday in the first round of the Atlantic Hockey playoffs.

9. Drew Shore, Sophomore F, Denver — Shore hangs onto his spot in the top 10 after tallying two goals and an assist in the No. 5 Pioneers’ weekend split at No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha. He now ranks 10th in goals per game (0.66) and 16th in points per game (1.28). Denver hosts St. Cloud State this weekend to close out the regular season.

8. Keith Kinkaid, Sophomore G, Union — Kinkaid also stays in the same place as last week after saving 56 of the 58 shots he faced to help the No. 4 Dutchmen capture their first ECAC regular-season title. He now ranks first in wins (24), first in goals-against average (1.94), third in minutes played (2014:32) and eighth in save percentage (.923). Union has a first-round bye this weekend.

7. Chase Polacek, Senior F, Rensselaer — Polacek drops two spots after registering just one assist in the No. 16 Engineers’ loss to Princeton and tie against Quinnipiac. He now has just two points in his last six games and has dropped to 14th in points per game with 1.29. RPI hosts Colgate in the first round of the ECAC tournament this weekend.

6. Jack Connolly, Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth — Connolly moves up a spot after notching a goal and three assists in the No. 11 Bulldogs’ loss and tie at No. 17 Colorado College. He now has an 11-game point streak and ranks fourth in points per game (1.48). UMD ends the regular season by hosting Nebraska-Omaha this weekend.

5. Carter Camper, Senior F, Miami — Camper also climbs a spot after accruing two goals and an assist in the No. 8 RedHawks’ weekend sweep of Lake Superior State. His pair of goals Friday night snapped a three-game pointless streak and he now ranks fifth in points per game with 1.47. Miami has a first-round bye in the CCHA playoffs.

4. Justin Schultz, Sophomore D, Wisconsin — Schultz holds steady in the four-spot despite the fact that he was a minus-2 in the No. 18 Badgers’ pair of losses to St. Cloud State. He did have a goal, however, and continues to lead all defensemen in goals (17), points (45) and points per game (1.25). Wisconsin hosts Colorado College to wrap up the regular season.

The Hat Trick

3. Cam Atkinson, Junior F, Boston College — Atkinson stays at No. 3 after recording three assists in the No. 2 Eagles’ weekend sweep of Massachusetts. He now ranks fifth in goals per game (0.75) and sixth in points per game (1.34). BC takes on No. 7 New Hampshire this weekend in a home-and-home to decide the Hockey East regular-season champion.

2. Paul Thompson, Senior F, New Hampshire — Thompson collected two goals in the Wildcats’ win and tie against Northeastern, but it wasn’t enough to hold onto No. 1, as he falls to second after a six-week stranglehold on the top spot. He has a pedestrian (by his standards) six points in his last six games and now ranks second in goals per game (0.81) and third in points per game (1.50).

1. Andy Miele, Senior F, Miami — After five straight weeks at No. 2, Miele finally takes over the pole position for the first time all season. He had two goals and three assists in Miami’s sweep of Lake Superior State and continues to lead the nation in points per game (1.79) and assists per game (1.24). His 42 assists are six more than second-place Connolly and his 61 points are eight more than second-place Zanette. It’s true that Thompson has seven more goals (26 to 19), but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Miele has 13 more points and is averaging nearly 0.30 points per game more.

On the bubble: Mike Connolly (Junior F, Minnesota-Duluth), Carl Hagelin (Senior F, Michigan), Gustav Nyquist (Junior F, Maine), Brian O’Neill (Junior F, Yale), John Muse (Senior G, Boston College)


Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments are closed.