Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
We're back with another D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week. This edition covers the Thanksgiving weekend and all games played from Monday, November 29th, to Sunday, November 25th.
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:
Devin McDonald, Geneseo, Senior
McDonald backstopped a 3-0 week as the Knights extended their winning streak to six. He totaled 17 saves in Tuesday's 7-1 win over visiting Elmira, 17 saves in Saturday's 4-1 at Amherst and 24 saves in Sunday's 3-1 win at Williams. The SUNYAC Goalie of the Week currently ranks fifth in the nation with a 1.10 goals against average and 10th with a .944 save percentage.
Gabriel Chicoline, Norwich, Freshman
Chicoine continued his impressive rookie season, tallying a goal and two assists for three points and a +2 plus-minus rating to lead the Cadets to their record 10th PrimeLink ShootOut title. Chicoine was named the Most Outstanding Rookie of the Tournament for his efforts in helping Norwich upset No. 2-ranked Adrian on Friday and then beat Middlebury in the finals on Saturday. Chicoine was on the ice for six of the eight goals Norwich scored on the weekend.
Dimitris Jones, University of New England, Defense
Jones had a huge week while the Nor'easters improved to 7-1. In a Tuesday rivalry win against Bowdoin, Jones posted a goal and an assist and was on the ice for five UNE goals. On Saturday he had three assists in a 7-4 win over Southern Maine.
Ryan Pfeffer, Trinity, Senior
Pfeffer scored four goals and added an assist to help Trinity come back from a 3-0, first-period deficit versus Aurora to post a 6-4 win. Pfeffer assisted on Trinity's first goal of the game and scored the team's second goal in the second period, before scoring three times in the third to help the Bantams earn the victory. Two of his goals came via the power play. He also added an assist in Trinity's 7-0 shutout over Saint Anselm on Sunday.
Nick Guerra, Concordia-Wisconsin, Sophomore
Guerra is the NCHA Offensive Player of the Week after an offensive output that sparked the Falcons to a 2-0 weekend, totaling an impressive 6 points (5 goals/1 assist). He opened the week with a pair of goals in CUW’s 3-2 win over Saint John’s, netting the tying goal late in the second and the winner in the third. He then topped that Saturday, leading the Falcons to a school-record nine goals against Bethel. Guerra netted a hat trick and also added an assist.
Brett Ouderkirk, Norwich, Freshman
Ouderkirk was named the Most Valuable Player of the prestigious PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut following a three goal and three assist weeknd to lead the Cadets to their record 10th tournament title. Ouderkirk scored his first two collegiate goals in Friday's 3-2 upset win over No. 2 Adrian. He also added an assist on Felix Brassard's game-winning goal with 2:30 to play in regulation. Ouderkirk then added a goal and two more assists in Saturday's 5-1 win over Middlebury in the championship.