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Stoa, Scrivens make moves to replace Bradford at top of Hobey Tracker

1/16/2009

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.

The Hobey Tracker will be updated weekly during the remainder of the season.

BIG BOARD

1. Brock Bradford

Boston College | Senior | Forward

To Date: 14-10--24, 5 PPG, SHG, 3 GWG, +3
Since Last Tracker: 0-1--1, -1 in tie, loss at Vermont
The Buzz: Bradford has cooled considerably, what with two goals and two assists in his past seven games. Not surprisingly, the Eagles are 2-3-2 during that span. In his first 11 outings -- BC was 7-3-1 in that stretch -- Bradford had 12-8--20. See a correlation?

2. Ryan Stoa

Minnesota | Junior | Forward

To Date: 13-13--26, 4 PPG, 2 SHG, 2 GWG, +12
Since Last Tracker: 2-1--3 in loss at North Dakota on Friday, did not play Saturday
The Buzz: Stoa, the lone bright spot in an otherwise dreadful weekend series, missed Saturday's game at NoDak with a leg injury. He probably deserves to move ahead of Bradford, but the combination of the Gophers' forgettable performance and Saturday's absence keeps him here for now.

3. Ben Scrivens

Cornell | Junior | Goaltender

To Date: 11-1-3, 1.27 GAA, .952 save pct., 4 shutouts
Since Last Tracker: New to Big Board
The Buzz: In a year when none of the forwards or defensemen are making exceptionally strong claims for the award, Scrivens has emerged as the best goalie candidate. He leads the nation in goals-against average and save percentage. He has allowed one goal or none in 10 of his 15 starts and two goals in four other games. The one huge exception (think of an ice cream truck in a Formula 1 race) was a 7-3 loss at North Dakota, but Scrivens was charged with only five of the goals against.

BULL MARKET

Jordan Pearce
Notre Dame | Senior | Goaltender

Pearce's stock is rising following back-to-back shutouts against Alaska last weekend. The nation's leader in wins and shutouts also ranks third in goals-against average and fourth in save percentage. In his past 12 starts dating back to Nov. 21, Pearce has allowed more than one goal once.

Garrett Roe
St. Cloud State | Sophomore | Forward

Forward Ryan Lasch was the Huskies' Hobey candidate last year. This time around, the steady Roe could hear his name called when the finalists are announced in March. His consistency has been impressive -- the Vienna, Va., native has been held scoreless in consecutive games on just two occasions this season and only one team (North Dakota) was able to keep him off the score sheet for an entire series.

BEAR MARKET

Lee Jubinville
Princeton | Senior | Forward

Jubinville's individual recognition last year came from leading Princeton into the national tournament as ECAC Hockey playoff champions. He was among the 10 Hobey Baker finalists and a relatively easy selection as ECACH and Ivy League Player of the Year. This season has been much different for Jubinville. His point production was way down in the early part of the year, but it didn't matter because the Tigers' depth in scoring led it to an impressive record. Lately, it hasn't been so good. The Tigers have dropped three straight, Jubinville has just 10 points in 18 games and has just one point during the current three-game skid.

HIDDEN HOBEY

Chad Johnson
Alaska | Senior | Goaltender

Johnson is just a tick behind Notre Dame's Pearce in goals-against average (1.61) and shutouts (three), but has a better save percentage (.941). Pearce has an advantage is in goal support; Notre Dame ranks eighth nationally in scoring offense while Alaska is 48th, which explains Johnson's mediocre 7-8-4 record. In four of those losses, Johnson has allowed two or fewer goals. In the four ties, he's given up a total of four goals.

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