January 9, 2007
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presented
to a deserving recipient on the day before the last
college hockey game of the season. But that doesn’t
mean that college hockey fans, players and media members
don’t think about it all season. Inside College
Hockey's Hobey Tracker looks at the top three candidates
for the award, those whose stock is rising or falling,
and other players worthy of consideration.
Junior | Forward
Week: One goal, one assist in Miami's split
with visiting Michigan State.
The Buzz: As he goes, so go the
RedHawks. Witness last weekend's series against
MSU when he had a goal, an assist, and a +2 plus-minus
rating in Friday's 5-2 victory and was held off
the scoresheet with a -2 rating in Saturday's 4-1
loss. His Hobey fate lies in his team's success,
and his team's success depends on his performance.
Soph. | Forward
Week: Three goals, one assist in the Wildcats'
sweep at Vermont.
The Buzz: Smith
moves back up to the No. 2 spot after UNH's road
sweep. He had three goals and an assist in two games and was named as the Hockey
East Player of the Week, an especially strong statement
considering the excellent weekends turned in by
league counterparts Teddy Purcell of Maine and John
Curry of Boston University.
3. David Brown
Senior | Goalie
Week: Stopped 17 shots in Notre Dame's
6-2 win vs. Robert Morris. Did not play in the Irish's
4-2 loss to RMU.
The Buzz: He did his job in his
team's win at the Igloo in Pittsburgh Friday and,
as expected, was a spectator in one of the games
against the Colonials. He'll have a chance to solidify
his candidacy this weekend as Notre Dame travels
to Sault Ste. Marie for a series against surging
Lake Superior State
on the recent proceedings in the Bull and Bear Markets
over the past few weeks, perhaps this section should
be renamed Gopher Up and Gopher Down. Anyway, Briggs
has been Minnesota's best player over the past few
weeks ... and with the Gophers shorthanded due to
the World Junior Championships, it couldn't have
come at a better time. His statistics are gaudy
(11-0-2, 1.75 GAA .935 save pct.) and he's allowed
two or fewer goals in six straight games. His candidacy
is hurt, however, because he platoons with Jeff
our first two-time Bear Market (dis)-honoree, and has
done more than just play his way out of more than
just Hobey Baker consideration — citing poor
attendance in the classroom, Eagles coach Jerry
York relieved Boyle of his captain's duties and
said he'd revisit the matter in a month. That doesn't
exactly bolster one's candidacy. Neither does scoring
two points (a pair of goals in a Dec. 9 win against
Massachusetts) in your last six games, or having
15 points in 17 games for a team that hasn't strung
together consecutive wins since before Halloween.
freshman ever to win the Hobey, Paul Kariya, did
so while wearing the Black Bears' navy and powder
blue. We're not suggesting Purcell — the team's
leading scorer with 28 points — is on par
with Kariya. But with points in all but two of Maine's
games, a nine-game point streak heading into this
weekend's series with BU, and seven goals and three
assists in his last four games, the St. John's,
Newfoundland native is doing a pretty good impersonation.