February 28, 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. Ryan Duncan
North Dakota
Soph. | Forward

Last Week: Factored in five of six North Dakota goals on the weekend in a split at Denver, with three goals and two assists.
The Buzz: Duncan's performance over the last 12 games has carried North Dakota back into the national picture. He has 25 points in those games, with eight multi-point games as the Fighting Sioux have an 8-1-3 record in their last dozen outings. Duncan's been even better in a current nine-game point streak, with 21 points.

2. David Brown
Notre Dame
Senior | Goalie

Last Week: One of Brown's poorer performances of the season started the weekend as he allowed four goals on 19 shots in a loss to Ferris State, but he came back and blanked the Bulldogs the next night with 15 saves.
The Buzz: There may have been a letdown after the Irish clinched the CCHA title, but using the same seven-week window of consideration that kept Notre Dame atop the INCH Power Rankings this week, Brown has posted a 9-2-2 record with three shutouts and a .929 save percentage.

3. T.J. Hensick
Senior | Forward

Last Week: Had a goal and an assist in helping bring the Wolverines from behind and eventually defeat Ohio State 4-3. Hensick assisted on Michigan's first goal in a 6-5 loss on Saturday at OSU.
The Buzz: Hensick remains second in the country in scoring but his point production has tailed off in recent weeks. He has 23 points in his last 19 games, after picking up 33 points in his first 17 games.


Bobby Goepfert
St. Cloud State


The St. Cloud State goaltender is the biggest reason for the Huskies' national prominence this year. While forwards like Andreas Nodl and Andrew Gordon have been stellar, Goepfert has become the face (or mask) of the Huskies. He played especially well in last week's sweep of first-place Minnesota.
John Curry
Boston University
A little bit of the Beanpot mystique has worn off and Curry and the Terriers lost for the first time in eight games Saturday at home against Vermont. Like Goepfert, mentioned above, Curry is the man for the Terriers. His likelihood of winning any individual awards depends on how far he takes his team in the postseason.

David Jones

What's in his locker? An Ivy League championship for one, and a strong case for ECAC Hockey League Player of the Year after helping Dartmouth surge through February with a 7-1-0 record and finish third in the ECACHL. Jones had 12 points in the month and moved into the top-eight nationally in scoring in points per game.