Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
D3hockey.com is pleased to release the final D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week of 2018. A rivalry win for Oswego, a big weekend in the Mitten state, some epic goaltending at Colby, and an unbelievable performance at Lebanon Valley highlight our honorees.
We'll be back with more when the schedule picks up in January!
Aaron Herdt has played brilliantly for the Cobbers in the past week.
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:
Andrew Tucci, Colby, Junior
Tucci posted shutouts in all three games for the Mules, stopping all 83 shots and posting a 1.000 save percentage. He started the week with 33 saves, including 17 in the second period, in a 2-0 win at home against Saint Anselm. The Mules headed on the road for a NESCAC weekend and Tucci made 25 saves in Colby's 8-0 win against Connecticut College. Tucci closed out the week with 25 saves in a 2-0 win at Tufts. Tucci ranks second in the save percentage (.937), tied for second in goals against average (1.72), and first in minutes played (489:43). Tucci has played every minute during Colby's current six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2). Tucci was honored as the NESCAC Player of the Week.
Braden Hellems, Adrian, Senior
Tied for the team lead among blueliners with three points during's Adrian convincing sweep of then-fourth-ranked Salve Regina, 2-0 and 6-3. In Saturday's three-goal victory, he scored twice on the power play and added an assist on another man-advantage chance. He also had a plus-1 and eight shots on goal.
Sean Shepard, Canton, Freshman
Shepard netted his first career goal in thrilling fashion scoring the game-winning goal with five seconds left in the second period as SUNY Canton upset No. 14 nationally-ranked Fredonia 4-2 on Friday. The Blue Devils came into game with just one loss in 10 contests (8-1-1). The freshman finished the contest with a game-high +3 on-ice rating. He followed that performance up by solidifying a defense that gave up just one score over 65 minutes in a 1-1 tie v. the Blue Devils on Saturday to complete the unbeaten weekend v. a top 15 opponent.
Aaron Herdt, Concordia-Moorhead, Junior
Herdt had all three game-winning goals in Concordia's win over Milw. School of Engineering and sweep over Hamline. He now leads Division III in game-winning goals with five and has helped Concordia reamian unbeten in eight straight games which is the longest since 1990-91. Herdt has now scored at least one goal in six straight games and has 21 points on the year which is tied for second best in the MIAC and tied for fifth best in Division III.
Josh Zizek, Oswego, Junior
Zizek was big in the Lakers' 2-0 weekend, tallying six points over the two contests. On Friday, the junior recorded his first hat trick of the season. With his three goals, Zizek also tallied an assist on teammate Max Novick's goal in the final period, for four points in the contest. On Saturday, in Oswego's 4-0 defeat of arch-rival Plattsburgh, the assistant captain of the Lakers had two points on two assists. He is currently tied for the team lead in points (11) with Michael Gillespie.
Brett Johnson, Lebanon Valley, Senior
Johnson posted one of the most impressive offensive games in recent memory in the Dutchmen's 8-4 victory over Chatham. Johnson netted a hat trick in the first period alone, scoring what proved to be the game-winner on a short-handed try just 3:35 into the first. He then added even strength goals at 14:11 and 15:48 to complete the hat trick. He scored again in the second period and added a fifth goal in the third period on the power play. For the game, he ended with five goals and three assists for eight points.