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.
1. Colin Wilson
Boston University | Sophomore | Forward
To Date: 9-21--30, 4 PPG, 3 GWG, +9
Since Last Tracker: 2-2--4, GWG, +3 in weekend sweep of New Hampshire
The Buzz: Wilson has been virtually unstoppable since returning from his stint with the U.S. team at the World Junior Championship. In six games in January, Wilson has 2-7--9 and his current five-game point streak matches his season best in that department. And like it or not, the Beanpot Tournament, which starts Monday -- BU opens against defensively challenged Harvard -- is arguably the biggest regular-season event in college hockey. A strong showing there can enhance Wilson's chances greatly.
2. Ryan Stoa
Minnesota | Junior | Forward
To Date: 15-15--30, 4 PPG, 2 SHG, 2 GWG, +13
Since Last Tracker: Minnesota was idle last weekend
The Buzz: Is the Stoa who started the season with an 11-game point streak -- he scored 10-9--19 during that stretch -- about to re-emerge? In Minnesota's past three games, Stoa has four goals and three assists. Next up for the Gophers is Minnesota State, which has lost 10 of its past 13 and has given up three or more goals in all but two games during that span.
3. Ben Scrivens
Cornell | Junior | Goalie
To Date: 14-2-3, 1.32 GAA, .950 save pct., 5 shutouts
Since Last Tracker: 1-1-0, 2.57 GAA, .902 save pct.
The Buzz: Scrivens' performance in a 4-3 loss against Yale was one of his poorest of the season, which matched the rest of his team's effort. But it's good to see a player and a team bounce back from defeats, even against lowly Brown. After Cornell's first loss of the season, the Big Red went 10 games unbeaten. This weekend they face a challenging trip to St. Lawrence and suddenly resurgent Clarkson. We'll see how Scrivens and the Big Red respond.
Ryan Duncan | North Dakota | Senior | Forward
The Fighting Sioux are making their traditional second-half push and Duncan, the 2007 Hobey Baker Award winner, has keyed that run. Though third among NoDak skaters in points, Duncan has four goals and three assists in the team's past six games, including a goal and two assists in an 8-3 rout of Denver last Friday. Perhaps this statistic provides a better measure of Duncan's value: The Sioux are 11-4-1 when he scores a point, and 4-6-2 when he's shut out.
Brian Foster | New Hampshire | Senior | Goalie
We've talked a lot in recent weeks that it might be the year of the goalie, and to see Brian Foster's start to the season -- 4-1-1 record with a shutout, a 1.49 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage -- you had to consider him a candidate. Over the past seven games, however, Foster has allowed 23 goals and been yanked twice. There are goalie candidates to be considered, but right now he's not one of them.
Dan Sexton | Bowling Green | Sophomore | Forward
Nestled among the CCHA scoring leaders -- behind Miami's Carter Camper and Michigan's Aaron Palushaj and Louie Caporusso, ahead of all the guys from Notre Dame, Ohio State and Nebraska-Omaha -- is Sexton, an Apple Valley, Minn., native who enters the weekend with 12-18--30 in 26 games. Over the Falcons' past nine contests, Sexton has six goals and five assists, including a goal and three assists in a split with Lake Superior State last weekend. He's been held scoreless only once since Dec. 13, and that occurred in a 1-0 shutout loss to Michigan on Jan. 17.
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