Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
The UNO Classic took center stage this weekend, and this week's team of the week reflects the level of competition in New York's North Country, as five out of six honorees are from the four tournament teams who are still ranked in this week's D3hockey.com Women's Top 10.
Elmira's Emma Crocker made a world of difference for the Soaring Eagles as they took home the UNO Classic title.
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:
Kelcey Crawford, Elmira, Senior
Crawford made two starts and earned both wins against top-10 teams at the 2017 UNO Classic. She combined to make 95 saves on 98 shots faced, equaling a 1.50 goals-against average and a .969 save percentage over the weekend. Crawford made 33 saves on 34 shots in a 4-1 win over No. 6/6 Middlebury, with the only goal allowed coming on a 5-on-3 power play (limited the Panthers to a 1-for-5 showing on the power play). She set a new program single-game record with 62 saves in a 4-2 win over Elmira’s rival, No. 2/2-ranked Plattsburgh State. In that game, she made a game-high 23 saves in the second period and 22 in a third-period shutout to preserve the slim lead. She not only broke the single-game saves record, formerly held by Lisa Marshall ’14 (56), but she also passed Marshall (904) for fifth place on EC’s all-time career saves list with 957 stops. Crawford improved to 6-0-0 on the season and ranks first in save percentage (.970) and third in the nation in GAA (0.83).
Kasandra Petersen, Chatham, Senior
Petersen totaled two goals, two assists, 17 shots and a +4 rating in Chatham's 2-0 weekend at Becker... On Saturday, Petersen scored twice on six shots and on Sunday, the senior assisted on both scores and tallied 11 shots... Petersen is one assist shy of tying the program's all-time assist mark of 30.
*Editor's Note: Congratulations to Cassidy Colhoun and Sydney Isbell, who set new career marks at Chatham for goals scored, and goaltending wins, respectively, in a win over Becker this weekend.
Kristin Chivers, Elmira, Junior
Chivers had at least one point in a pair of top-six wins for the Soaring Eagles that helped them clinch the UNO Classic championship. She scored the final goal in a 4-1 victory over No. 6/6 Middlebury and added a pair of assists in a 4-2 upset win against No. 2/2, and four-time defending national champion, Plattsburgh on the Cardinals' home ice. She assisted on EC's second goal and then earned the primary assist on the game-winning tally.
Tory Harshman, Adrian, Junior
Tied the game against #6 Middlebury with a goal in the second period and assisted on the other two Bulldog goals--including the game-winning goal in overtime--to lead the team to a 3-2 win. Was named to the Plattsburgh State UNO Classic All-Tournament Team for her efforts.
Emma Crocker, Elmira, Freshman
Crocker led all Soaring Eagles in points (4) and goals (3) at the UNO Classic Tournament. She was named to the UNO Classic All-Tournament Team, and extended her point streak to six games in a row. She netted the game-winning goal in both rounds of the tournament against nationally-ranked teams. Crocker put up season highs with two goals and three points in a 4-1 victory over No. 6/6 Middlebury in the opening round of the tournament. She also added one goal, the game-winner, in a 4-2 thriller against the four-time defending national champions, the No. 2/2 Plattsburgh State Cardinals. She's now tied for fifth in the nation in game-winning goals (2) and ranks second in points per game among freshmen (1.29). The wins were Elmira’s first two against ranked opponents in 2017-18 and the victory vs. Plattsburgh was the first for EC since February 1, 2015.
Jessica Young, Middlebury, Senior
Young scored twice and added an assist at the UNO Classic against Adrian and Elmira, and was named to the All-Tournament team.