February 7, 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.
1. David Brown
Senior | Goalie
Week: Stopped 32 of 35 shots in a pair
of wins at Bowling Green.
The Buzz: Notre Dame is atop the
CCHA standings and national rankings with the best
record in the country, but the Irish aren't playing
their best hockey right now. If Brown maintains
his consistent play when Notre Dame needs him most,
it will only help his Hobey candidacy.
Senior | Forward
Week: Had four points on two goals and
two assists in a 7-4 win at Western Michigan, no
points in a 3-1 win against the Broncos at Yost.
The Buzz: The nation's leading
point producer became the first player this season
to reach the 50-point milestone with four points
on Friday. Unlike Notre Dame, Michigan is peaking
right now, and his team's success will grab the
attention of Hobey voters.
Senior | Goalie
Week: Posted consecutive shutouts, in a
tie and a win for the Terriers, and helped BU get
to the Beanpot final.
The Buzz: Goaltending statistics
aren't as glamorous as the ones piled up by scorers,
with one exception: shutouts. Curry has six of those
this season and leads the nation in that category.
has posted three-point games in three of the Mavericks'
last four outings and moved into the top five among
the nation's scoring leaders. Averaging better than
two points per game is a great way to get attention,
but only if your team is winning. In the game that
Parse was blanked, Nebraska-Omaha lost 5-1 to Michigan
that Dodge hasn't been playing well — he's
got 17 points in his last 11 games dating back to
Dec. 1. It's that he's not playing at all, sidelined
by an injury that forced him to miss the Golden
Knights' games at Colgate and Cornell last weekend
and will likely keep him on the shelf for this weekend's
dates with Brown and Yale. There's no
telling the kind of boost Dodge's candidacy would
have received had he continued his strong play and
put Clarkson in the driver's seat for the ECACHL
statistics are excellent (2.24 goals-against average,
.942 sv. pct.) but he's overshadowed (hidden) by
the other outstanding goalies in Hockey East. The
likes of Jon Curry, Joe Fallon, Kevin Regan, and
Cory Schneider steal the headlines and they're also
leading the four teams ahead of UMass in the Hockey