Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Our second-to-last Men's Team of the Week features key contributors as league races continue to intensify heading into the final weekend. Find out who had a dominating performance against St. Scholastica, who helped Castleton lock up a home playoff game, and more after the jump!
St. Norbert's Noah Nelson put up huge numbers against St. Scholastica in a performance with few equals in the team's storied history.Photo: Steve Frommell, D3photography.com
How it works: Each week, Sports Information Directors from across the country submit week-long performances they've deemed worthy of being placed among the best in the nation in the week that was. For award purposes, a normal week will run from Monday to Sunday, so any games played on deadline day (deadline for nominations is 8pm Monday) are incorporated into the following week's award cycle.
Once we get the school and league nominations, check out conference weekly releases, and pick the brains of our own staff to get the clearest picture we can, we select among top performances by position. It's an elite group. Three forwards, two defensemen, one goaltender. Nothing else. To get here, means you're one of best performers on the ice at your position in the week that was.
To be clear, we aren't just looking at raw numbers. We're also looking to incorporate players that contributed in the pivotal moments, season defining wins, and stunning upsets that make our brand of hockey so exciting.
Don't see a player here? Think they would have made the cut? Encourage your school's Sports Information Director to nominate deserving players each week. From now, through the week following conference championship games, SIDs can submit their nominations from 10pm each Saturday night until 8pm on Mondays utilizing their PrestoSports login at http://d3football.com/nominations/award-status. In an effort to be as thorough as possible, weekly releases from our member conferences are also accepted.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Brett Kilar, New England College, Senior
The NEHC Goaltender of the Week, Brett Kilar was stellar in between the pipes when it counted the most. The senior goaltender recorded his seventh career shutout with a 42-save performance against UMass Boston on Friday before tallying 29 saves to aid the Pilgrims to a 4-3 win over Babson on Saturday in the battle for second place in the NEHC. Kilar recorded a .959 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average over the four-point weekend.
Stephen Johnson, Oswego, Senior
Johnson filled up the stat sheet with also providing stingy defense throughout the weekend. The senior had two assists on Friday and two goals on Saturday that helped the Lakers have a weekend sweep over Canton. Johnson was also a part of a Oswego defense that allowed only six shots on goal on Friday and held the Kangaroos off the board on Saturday. Currently the Mississauga, Ontario native is fourth in scoring amongst defenders across the nation.
Troy Taylor, Castleton, Freshman
Taylor had a solid week for the second week in a row for Castleton, providing five points on a goal and four assists for the Spartan offense. The rookie blueliner was also +2 and wasn't on the ice for either goal Castleton allowed. In Friday's 3-1 win at Southern Maine, Taylor registered an assist on the game's first goal, before coming back with a career-best four-point game on Saturday at Daniel Webster. Taylor had two points in each of the final two periods of that contest, racking up two assists in the second period, and a goal and an assist in the third period of a 10-1 road win. Overall this season, he has 14 points on three goals and 11 assists, ranking him fourth on the team and second among Spartan defensemen.
Tyler Whitney, Trinity, Junior
Whitney collected an assist in an overtime win against Colby, and scored three times and picked up an assist in a 6-1 NESCAC win against Bowdoin. He assisted on the first goal to give Trinity the lead for good against Bowdoin, and one of his two extra man scores on the day held up as the game-winner.
Noah Nelson, St. Norbert, Senior
Nelson tied a school record for points in a game with seven, and assists in a game with five in Saturday's 9-2 win over St. Scholastica. He recorded only the third seven-point game and second five-assist game in SNC history.
Ryan O'Toole, Castleton, Junior
O'Toole had a career week for the Spartans, racking up five points on three goals and two assists as he helped Castleton lock up the No. 4 seed and a home game in the NEHC quarterfinals. The junior opened the week with a two-goal performance in a 3-1 win on the road at Southern Maine, including the game-winning goal late in the first period and an insurance goal in the third after USM had closed the gap to one score. On Saturday, O'Toole chipped in with a goal--the first of the game--and two assists. The five-point week helped him achieve a new single-season high in points for his career, and made him one of nine Spartans with double-digit points on the season.