Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
As the playoffs got rolling in some leagues, and the regular season wrapped up in others, the good performances kept on coming. It's our Team of the Week!
|A huge performance by Adrian's Taylor McCloy has the Bulldogs moving on in the NCHA Playoffs. Photo: Larry Radloff, 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. System and email nominations will close at 8pm Monday in all subsequent editions, and any games played on deadline day are incorporated into the following week.
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. That's generally it. 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 Sunday evening 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. Generally, we operate on this premise for now... if it's that good, we'll find you eventually.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Jimmy Poreda, Plattsburgh, Freshman
Poreda backstopped the Cardinals to a 1-0-1 record during the week to help them qualify as the No. 4 seed in the SUNYAC Tournament. He turned aside 24 shots on Friday in a 2-2 overtime tie against Cortland before posting his third shutout of the season on Saturday, making 35 saves in a 1-0 victory over No. 3/4 Oswego. For the year, Poreda has a .916 save percentage and a 2.59 goals-against average.
Curtis Lewington, Marian, Senior
Lewington led the Sabre blue line to a sweep of St. Scholastica to open the NCHA Harris Cup. Lewington posted a three-point weekend against the Saints with two assists in the opener of the series, one on the game-winner, and a power play goal in the finale. Lewington ranks fourth amongst all skaters in the NCHA with six power play goals and is seventh in defenseman scoring in the conference with 17 points on the season.
Dalton Carter, Utica, Senior
Carter scored 6 points with 1 goal and 5 assists over the weekend. His impressive performance helped the Pioneers claim the UCHC regular season title and clinch the top spot in the UCHC Conference tournament. In Friday's 7-3 win over King's College, Carter scored a goal and had 3 assists. In Saturday's 7-1 win over Manhattanville, he scored 2 assists. Nationally, Carter is ranked second in points per game for defensemen (1.46) and is seventh in assists per game (1.04).
Taylor McCloy, Adrian, Senior
The assistant captain was a one-man wrecking ball for the top-ranked Bulldogs as they swept MSOE in the first round of the NCHA Harris Cup, 3-2 and 6-3. He accounted for five of the team's nine goals while also recording a plus-4 rating and 10 shots. In Friday's one-goal win, he scored an insurance tally at 4:44 of the third period that proved to be the game-winning goal. In Saturday victory, he scored the go-ahead goal at 5:27 in the final period for a 4-3 lead at the time on the way to his first career hat trick. He has career highs of 20 goals and 30 points this season, and surpassed the 100-point milestone during the weekend.
Brazel scored the game-winning goal at 10:26 of the second overtime to lift Babson over Skidmore, 3-2, in an NEHC Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday night. The junior forward poked home a rebound at the top of the crease to send the Beavers to the league semifinals for the sixth year in a row.
Rasberg collected a season-high/game-high 4 points in the Nor'easters CCC quarterfinal win over Wentworth.