February 20, 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. John Curry
Boston University
Senior | Goalie

Last Week: Stopped 31 shots in BU's 4-2 win at New Hampshire and made 43 saves in a 3-3 draw with the Wildcats.
The Buzz: Carp if you must about his spot atop the Big Board, but all Curry does is make saves. Lots of 'em. Take Saturday's game in which Curry gave BU a chance to battle back after falling behind by three goals early in the second period. Among his 43 saves that night were seven in OT.

2. David Brown
Notre Dame
Senior | Goalie

Last Week: Made 28 saves in a shutout win at Alaska Friday.
The Buzz: How fitting is it that the Irish clinch their first conference title of any kind on the strength of a Brown shutout? More than half of his saves came in the second period, when Notre Dame was outshot by a 15-6 margin. He got Saturday off, and will likely sit out one of this weekend's games with Ferris State.

3. T.J. Hensick
Senior | Forward

Last Week: Two goals in the Wolverines' split with Lake Superior State.
The Buzz: Hensick stays in our top three after scoring a pair of goals in his team's 3-1 win against the Lakers at Joe Louis Arena Sunday. It was a win Michigan needed desperately after stubbing its toe with losing to Bowling Green, rallying to tie Michigan State, and losing to LSSU in its previous three games.


Ryan Duncan
North Dakota


Though we ignored our e-mailers' protestations of Curry's lofty status, we're heeding readers' recommendations regarding Duncan. Duncan, who scored two of North Dakota's three goals in the Fighting Sioux's win and tie against visiting Minnesota Duluth last weekend, continues to lead the WCHA in goals and points. He enters this week's critical series at Denver with a seven-game point streak. Incidentally, the single goals in each game against UMD represented a bit of a drop-off for Duncan — he came into the series with a run of five straight multi-point games.
Nathan Davis
Davis has found the scoring touch (3-1—4 in the RedHawks' last four games) he'd been missing during the second half of the season, but two of his teammates have been even more prolific. Junior Ryan Jones, who ranks third in the country in goals, has 6-2—8 in his last four games and has nearly as many markers (10) as Davis has points (11) since Christmas. Senior Marty Guerin, meanwhile, has 2-4—6 in his last four outings and has 7-10—17 since the holidays.

Drew Bagnall
St. Lawrence
Senior Defense

Kyle Rank

St. Lawrence
Senior Forward

It's hard to choose one over the other when it comes to the impact the senior co-captains have had on the Saints' season, which has seen them at or near the top of the ECAC Hockey League standings throughout. Bagnall leads the defense and logs tons of ice time. Rank is the team's leading scorer and seems to always come through in pressure situations. They epitomize what's different about this year's Saints team -- one that finds a way to succeed in close games rather than finding ways to lose.