Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
It's in with the new this week, as most of our honorees in this week's D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week make the list for the first time this year, and for some, the first time ever. This is the second to last edition for the 2017 calendar year, and following next week, the series will resume in January.
Kenzie Torpy aided the Tommie cause as they held Augsburg without a win this weekend.
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... it's that good, we'll find you.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas, Junior
Torpy stopped 48-of-49 shots to help the Tommies take a tie and a shutout win against Augsburg over the weekend. Torpy stopped 24-of-25 shots in Friday's 1-1 overtime tie, then recorded her 40th career victory and eighth career shutout in Saturday's 4-0 victory.
Amanda Fantasia, Salve Regina, Sophomore
Fantasia scored twice in the Seahawks' victory over Johnson & Wales University on Friday and added another goal on the power play versus nationally ranked Endicott College.
Hannah Kiraly, Plattsburgh, Sophomore
Kiraly had three assists and a +3 rating in a NEWHL weekend sweep of SUNY Potsdam. Kiraly provided two assists on Friday, helping the Cardinals top the Bears 8-0 at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. She then assisted on the eventual game-winning goal on Saturday, as Plattsburgh State defeated Potsdam 4-1 on the road. For the season, she is tied for eighth in NCAA Division III in points per game for a defenseman (1.10) and has 11 points on two goals and nine assists.
Andrea Rockey, Hamilton, Junior
Rockey played a part in three of the Continentals’ five goals in two wins against Colby. Rockey scored 40 seconds into overtime in a 1-0 win on Friday. She assisted on Hamilton’s first goal and tallied the second in a 4-0 victory on Saturday to help Hamilton complete the sweep.
Sierra Meiners, Finlandia, Senior
Meiners played a key role for the Lions in picking up another victory, earning NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Finlandia went 1-1 against Marian, with Meiners recording a goal and an assist in the Friday loss. She went above and beyond Saturday, setting up the final three goals in the 4-1 victory to total 5 points (1G/4A) for the week. Meiners has now moved into the top five in school history for career goals and points.
Bre Simon, Hamline, Sophomore
Simon played a big part in a big weekend for Hamline, as the Pipers topped St. Kate's by 3-0 and 4-0 scores to improve to 5-1 in MIAC play. On Friday, she scored twice and set up another goal as part of a 10-shot night. She had a goal and an assist the next afternoon in the 4-0 win. The sophomore is tied for the MIAC lead in goals with seven, and is second in points with thirteen total.