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.
Soph. | Forward
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
Senior | Goalie
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.
Senior | Forward
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.
St. Cloud State
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.
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.
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.