D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week: December 12th

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. 
Photo: Ryan Coleman, 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 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:

Goaltender

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.  

Defense

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. 

Forward

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. 

 

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D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week: December 5th

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff 

Big weekends in New England, a pair of UCHC top performers, and a pair from St. Scholastica highlight the D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week for the award week running from November 26th to December 2nd. 

Scholastica's Davis Ross and the Saints had a huge week with their win over Adrian. 
Photo: Ryan Coleman, 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 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:

Goaltender

Brandon Daigle, King's, Freshman
Daigle made 46 saves in goal to give King's a long awaited first-ever victory, 2-1 at Neumann on Friday night. The freshman made 40 consecutive saves after the Knights were able to score in the first period. His biggest save of the night came right at the end of the game as he made a save on a last-second shot by NU as the Monarchs fought off a penalty kill in the last 1:02 with the Knights pulling their goalie for an extra attacker. 

Defense

Zach Borsoi, Utica, Senior
Borsoi was a man on a mission this weekend for Utica as he totaled six points on a goal and five assists to propel the Pioneers to a pair of conference wins. In Friday's 7-1 win over Stevenson, Borsoi posted a goal and three assists, and scored the game-winning goal on a first period power play. On Saturday, he added two more assists including one on the coveted Teddy Bear goal in a 5-0 shutout win over Chatham. He was part of a blue line that made life much easier for goaltenders Gianluca Baggetta and Sean Dickson with just one goal against for two games. He has a point in six of his last seven games. 

Davis Ross, St. Scholastica, Junior
Ross recorded three assists in three victories last week. In Friday night’s win over fourth-ranked Adrian, Ross had the assist on the game-winner when his shot was redirected by Cole Golka. Then in Saturday’s victory over Trine, Ross had an assist on the team’s first two goals.

Forward

Daniel Kucerovy, Endicott, Senior
Kucerovy led the Gulls to a 2-0-0 week with victories over Wentworth (5-4) and the University of New England (7-3). Kucerovy scored the game winner and registered his first career hat trick along with an assist against UNE on Saturday (Dec. 1). On Friday (Nov. 30), Kucerovy dished out two assists in the Gulls 5-4 win over Wentworth for a total of six points for the week.

Carson Rose, St. Scholastica, Sophomore
Rose is the NCHA Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Saints to a 3-0 mark and into the national rankings (now No. 15 in both polls) with a five-point (4G/1A) effort. On Tuesday, Rose scored the game-winning goal and also added an assist in a 3-1 non-conference victory over Hamline. Then on Friday against No. 4 Adrian College, Rose recorded his first career hat trick, scoring the first two goals for CSS - setting the tone for the night with the first just 41 seconds into the game - and then sealing the victory with an empty-netter.

Garrison Sanipass, UMass Boston, Senior
Sanipass tied for the team-lead with four points over the weekend and finished a team-best +7 in a pair of New England Hockey Conference victories. On Friday night, Sanipass scored the go-ahead and game-winning goals to lead #9/9 UMass Boston past defending NEHC Champion #12/12 Hobart College. On Saturday, he added two assists to help UMass Boston move to 8-0 in conference play for the second-time in program history. 

 

 

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D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week: December 5th

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --

Three MIAC players headline this week's D3hockey.com Team of the Week. This edition covers the award week from November 26 to December 2nd, and will be our second to last edition of the fall semester. 

Canton's Noelle Niemiec was a force for the Roos this week. Photo: Canton Athletics

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:

Goaltender

Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas, Junior
Mackenzie Torpy stopped 60 of 61 shots in a pair of close wins against previous MIAC co-leader Augsburg over the weekend. Torpy increased her streak of scoreless minutes in net to 354 before finally surrendering a power-play goal early in the second period of Saturday's 3-1 win. She has allowed just three goals in her last 11 games dating back to the 2017-18 season finale and leads all 341 NCAA goalies of both genders in shutouts (seven), goals-allowed average (0.31), and save percentage (.984). She moved past Alise Riedel into No. 1 at St. Thomas and into a tie for No. 2 in MIAC history for goalie wins at 54 last week and also had her 16th career shutout - one off the school record - for the 10-0 Tommies, who are currently riding an NCAA-best 23-game unbeaten streak (18-0-5).

Defense

Noelle Niemiec, Canton, Senior
Niemiec, a captain, posted two goals and two assists during a pair of 7-1 and 6-2 road wins at Wilkes this weekend. The senior defenseman also helped to shut down Potsdam's offense and allow just one goal in a 1-1 overtime tie on Tuesday. Niemiec tallied a goal and assist in each win v. the Colonels and finished the week with a remarkable team-best +7 on-ice rating. 

Shelly Czarnowczan, Adrian, Senior
Scored a power play goal and added two assists on Friday and scored a goal and picked up another assist on Saturday. She finished the weekend with a +4 rating.

Forward

Allie Stanger, Gustavus Adolphus, Senior
Senior captain Allie Stanger helped lead the Gusties to a sweep of Bethel this weekend. After scoring a goal in the teams 4-0 victory on Friday, Stanger found the back of the net three times for a hat trick in Gustavus' come from behind 4-3 win over Bethel including the game winner with 42 seconds to play. Stanger leads all Gustavus players with nine points on the season.

Molly Garin, Hamline, Freshman
Molly got the Pipers off and running in both wins over St. Catherine. She assisted on the first two goals in a 3-2 win on Nov.30. The next day, she scored the first two goals in a 6-1 win over the Wildcats. Her 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in eight games lead all first year players in the MIAC. 

Tatum Gietl, UNE, Junior
Gietl netted four goals, including posting a hat trick, in UNE's weekend sweep over Saint Michael's College in nonconference action. The junior forward scored three goals in Friday's game and rounded out the weekend with another goal on Saturday. She also recorded an impressive +7 plus-minus rating on the weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

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