Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Plattsburgh's performance in a pivotal top five clash headlines the list, plus a host of new names dot this week's D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week. This week's honors are for the award week running from Monday, November 5th to Sunday, November 11th.
Mackenzie Millen rose to the occasion as Plattsburgh topped Norwich in a top 5 clash. Photo: Eric Kelley, d3photography.com
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:
Kassi Abbott, Plattsburgh, Senior
Abbott stood tall in the Cardinals' 2-0 shutout win over defending NCAA Division III national champion Norwich University on Wednesday evening at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. She recorded 32 saves, many of which came on high-percentage scoring chances for the Cadets, to post her third consecutive shutout to start the 2018-19 season. For the season, Abbott is tied for the Division III lead in goals-against average (0.00), save percentage (1.000) and winning percentage (1.000) while ranking second nationally with three shutouts.
Avery Webster, Oswego, Freshman
The rookie defender played a pivotal role on offense in Oswego's 1-0 road win at Buffalo State on Saturday, Nov. 10. The victory capped a weekend sweep by the Lakers over the Bengals in Buffalo. With neither team able to score through 57 minutes of hockey, it was Webster who buried the game-winner at 17:09 of the third to give Oswego a permanent lead. The goal was Webster's third of her young career and came off assists from Eryn Stewart and Kate Randazzo. The Waterloo, Ont., native closed the weekend with a +1 rating while on the ice.
Mackenzie Molnar, Augsburg, Junior
Molnar had a career weekend, leading the Auggies to a pair of victories over Bethel to open MIAC play. She had an assist in Augsburg's 6-2 win on Friday, then claimed her first collegiate hat trick - with all three goals coming on the power play - in addition to another assist in the Auggies' 6-0 home win on Saturday. The hat trick was the first of Molnar's career and just the second hat trick by an Auggie since the 2012-13 season.
Mackenzie Millen, Senior, Plattsburgh State
Millen scored the game-winning goal in the Cardinals' 2-0 win over defending NCAA Division III national champion Norwich University on Wednesday evening at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. She scored shorthanded 13:57 into the second period, deking a Cadet defender on a 2-on-1 rush before sliding the puck underneath the Norwich goaltender's pads. Among Division III leaders, Millen is tied for 25th in points per game (1.67), and she has five points on two goals and three assists for the season.
Rachel Anderson, Sophomore, St. Scholastica
Anderson recorded seven points in a home-and-home series sweep of Northland College over the weekend. She matched a career-high with three assists in both games. She also added a goal in Saturday night's victory.
Jocelyn Forrest, Senior, Castleton
Forrest netted another three goals over the weekend to increase her season total to seven through Castleton's first five games of the year. With the Spartans trailing 2-0 on Friday against Plymouth, the senior forward scored the Spartans initial goal to get the team on the board before adding the equalizer in the third period. During Saturday's win over Southern Maine, Forrest put the Spartans ahead 1-0 in the second and Castleton did not look back as it raced to a 3-1 win.