Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The University of New England men net two nods after winning the Northfield Bank Tournament, the NCHA fills in with three nominees, and the Pathfinder MVP takes the final spot in the first Men's Team of the Week of 2018!
Ryan Bloom and the UNE Power Play have been on fire lately.
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. 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 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:
Tyler Feaver, Manhattanville, Junior
Feaver went 2-0-1 with a 1.62 goals against average and .947 save percentage as Manhattanville went unbeaten in three games. He started the week on Tuesday by saving 25-of-26 shots in a 2-1 comeback win over Connecticut College, allowing just one power-play goal. He then was named Most Valuable Player at the Pathfinder Bank Classic after making 32 saves in a 3-3 tie with #7/6 Hobart before stopping all three shootout attempts to reach the title round, where he stopped the first 32 shots he faced in the Valiants' impressive 4-1 win over #4/2 Oswego State.
Tim Faulkner, Aurora, Freshman
Faulkner helped Aurora to a 1-1 weekend against NCHA opponents. He set the pace with an early score in a 3-2 win over Finlandia and had two assists as Aurora hung tough with No. 1 St. Norbert in a 5-3 defeat. Faulkner was a +4 on the weekend.
Ryan Burr, UNE, Sophomore
Burr has posted four points in his last three games on a pair of goals and a pair of assists. He potted game-winning goals to beat in-state rival Colby, and nationally-ranked Geneseo, with the latter win coming as part of the UNE victory in the Northfield Bank Tournament.
Ryan Bloom, UNE, Sophomore
In three wins since returning from the layoff, Bloom leads the Nor'easters with three goals and four assists. He was named to the All-Tournament Team at Northfield Savings Bank event hosted by Norwich after a colossal two goal, two assist outing in a 9-5 handling of nationally ranked Geneseo, and assisted on the game-winner in a 1-0 shutout win over the ranked Cadets in the final. The Nor'easters are 8-0-1 in their last nine and appear in this week's D3hockey.com Top 15 for the first time.
Hunter Stewart, Marian, Senior
Stewart opened the final stretch of his senior campaign with nine points as he helped lead Marian to a 4-0-0 record. Stewart was named the MVP of the Superior Showdown as he had a pair of multi-goal games against then ranked No. 13/14 MSOE and UW-Superior, with one assist coming against the Yellow Jackets. He then scored a goal against Concordia Wisconsin before playing a hand in every goal in the second game against the nationally-ranked Raiders. Stewart netted the game-winner with a pair of assists against MSOE as the Sabres claimed a season-sweep. In total, the Calgary, Alta. native scored six goals with three assists with two game-winning goals in the four game stretch.
Mathew Thompson, Adrian, Senior
Thompson turned in a lights out performance on the power play with three goals to guide the Bulldogs past two ranked opponents. Two of those goals were game-winners. He scored twice at #3/5 Trinity-Conn. during a 4-1 win, including the eventual winner at 40 seconds into the second period with AC leading 2-0 at that time. He broke a 1-1 tie in the third period as the Bulldogs edged #10/10 Utica, 2-1. Thompson is tied for the NCAA Division III lead with seven power play and four game-winning goals.