Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
When you think of who had the most success this past weekend as the schedule picked up, one name comes to mind: Plattsburgh. The Cardinals won the top four showdown known as the East/West classic, and they land an honoree at every position to go alongside nominees from the NESCAC, MIAC, and Colonial Hockey Conference in the first Team of the Week of 2018.
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. Breaking precedent slightly, we accepted Monday's games as part of the award week, and considered all games played from December 11th on due to the sparse slate between then and now.
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:
Brooke Wolejko, Plattsburgh, Senior
Wolejko posted a 31-save shutout, helping Plattsburgh State blank No. 2 Elmira, 3-0, in the East-West Hockey Classic championship game on Monday at Norwich's Kreitzberg Arena. For her stellar performance, she was named to the East-West Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team.
Noelle Niemiec, Canton, Junior
Niemiec posted a hat trick and added a pair of assists in the women's hockey team's 8-2 win v. Salem State in the consolation game of the WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational on Sunday.
Baye Flanagan, Plattsburgh, Junior
Flanagan made Norwich's East-West Hockey Classic All-Tournament Team in her first two games as a Cardinal, scoring one goal and adding two assists to help Plattsburgh State capture the tournament title. Flanagan scored once in a 3-2 win over No. 1 Norwich on Sunday before posting two assists in a 3-0 victory over No. 2 Elmira on Monday in the championship game. She also had a +4 rating during the tournament.
Annie Rush, Williams, Junior
Rush had two goals and three assists as the Ephs swept Bowdoin in a twogame series last week. She scored once and assisted on three other tallies in a 5-2 win Friday, then netted the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win with just 46 seconds remaining in the game Saturday.
Courtney Moriarty, Plattsburgh, Junior
Moriarty earned Tournament MVP honors, helping Plattsburgh State win the East-West Hockey Classic Title from Sunday-Monday at Norwich's Kreitzberg Arena. After playing on the top forward line in a 3-2 win over No. 1 Norwich on Sunday, she scored twice and had an assist in a 3-0 victory over No. 2 Elmira in the championship game Monday.
Megan Johnson, Augsburg, Junior
Johnson scored three goals in Augsburg's weekend sweep of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in nonconference play, part of a stretch of three straight wins for the Auggies to end 2017 and start 2018. She scored an empty-net goal to clinch Augsburg's 3-1 road win at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday, then scored both Auggie goals -- a power-play goal in the first period and the eventual game-winning goal in the third period -- as the Auggies claimed a 2-1 home win on Sunday. On the season, Johnson now has a team-best six goals, to go along with two assists for eight points.