Welcome back, everybody. Lots and lots and lots of results to sort through (maybe I should’ve been more proactive over the holidays?) so let’s get to it.
Players of the… um… Weeks
Player of the Weeks: Matt Reber, Dartmouth
Yet another icer out of hockey-mad Edina, Minn., senior Reber scored twice and added four assists against Mercyhurst and Colgate last weekend to bring his season scoring line to 3-10-13 in a dozen games. His current pace will break last year’s career-high for points (26) and points-per-game (0.90), and last week’s outburst popped him into the nation’s top 50 in production-per-game. A strong two-way player as well, Reber is tied for the team lead in +/- and has taken only one penalty (a two-minute minor) all season.
Honorable mention: Harry Zolnierczyk, Brown (1-3-4 vs. BU and Minnesota State); Loren Barron, Quinnipiac (1-5-6 vs. UNO and Princeton); Scott Fleming, Dartmouth (2-3-5); Adam Estoclet, Dartmouth (2-2-4); Kevin Lohry, Princeton (3-1-4, +4 vs. Bowling Green, at UConn, at QU); Jeremy Langlois, Quinnipiac (2-2-4); Aaron Bogosian, St. Lawrence (3-0-3, +1, 16 SOG at UNH and Sacred Heart); Broc Little, Yale (3-1-4, +2 vs. HC); Josh Balch, Yale (1-2-3, +3); Denny Kearney, Yale (1-2-3, +2)
Rookie of the Weeks: Kenny Agostino, Yale
With Jesse Root, Agostino is one of two freshmen to earn significant playing time on the nation’s No. 1 team, and he showed why last weekend. A top-five scorer among D-I rookies, Agostino got there with a hat trick and five points in Yale’s 10-3 annihilation of Holy Cross. The Pittsburgh prospect out of Flanders, N.J. was also a +4 that day, upping his overall season-to-date +/- to +13.
Honorable mention: Josh Jooris, Union (2-0-2, +2 at Minnesota)
Goalie of the Weeks: Eric Hartzell, Quinnipiac
Hartzell is the man of the hour in Hamden, surrendering only six goals on 137 shots (.956 save percentage) in two games against elite Nebraska-Omaha and one league game against Princeton. The results shrunk his overall goals-against average to 2.38 (24th in the nation among qualifying goalies), and inflated his save rate to .930 (seventh in the country). The sophomore’s 53 and 44 saves in the two games against UNO were the first- and second-most of his blossoming career.
Honorable mention: Mike Condon, Princeton (3 goals, 55 shots vs. Bowling Green and at QU); Sean Bonar, Princeton (1 goal, 25 shots at UConn); Allen York, Rensselaer (2 goals, 36 shots at UAH); Matt Weninger, St. Lawrence (1 goal, 33 shots at UNH)
My Top 20
2. North Dakota
3. Boston College
5. New Hampshire
10. Notre Dame
18. Colorado College
19. Boston University