D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week: February 8th

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --

The ECAC West heats up, two Beavers build their way onto the list, and the Cardinal win over the Lakers headlined our week in Division III hockey. Read all about the players who made it happen in our Men's Team of the Week. 

Babson's Dan Casey was instrumental in the Beaver cause as they tied Norwich. 
Photo: Babson 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, so any games played on deadline day (deadline for nominations is 8pm Monday) are incorporated into the following week's award cycle. 

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 10pm each Saturday night 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. 

Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:

Goaltender

Bryan Botcher, Babson, Sophomore
Botcher continued his stellar play with a career-high 45 saves in a 2-2 OT tie against No. 1/1 Norwich on Friday night. The junior netminder posted a 1.85 goals against average and a .957 save percentage, and is now unbeaten in four consecutive starts.  

Defense

Scott Milnthorp, Marian, Senior
Milnthorp anchored the Sabre blue line with a four-point weekend to lead the Sabres to a sweep of Finlandia. Milnthorp assisted a pair of goals in the opener before finding the back of the net twice in the finale. The senior defenseman finished the weekend with a +5 on-ice rating. 

Ayrton Valente, Plattsburgh, Junior
Valente recorded three assists and had a +1 rating as Plattsburgh State won twice on the road over the weekend. In Friday's 4-3 win at SUNY Cortland, Valente provided the primary assist to pull the Cardinals to an even 2-2 score at 10:49 of the second period. He then dished the primary helpers on both of Plattsburgh State's third-period goals in Saturday's 2-1 win at No. 2 Oswego State. Valente helped anchor a Cardinal blue line that kept Oswego State's offense, which entered Saturday with the nation's second-highest output (4.95 goals per game), to just the lone third-period goal. On Monday, Valente was named the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Athlete of the Week. 

 

 

Forward

Dan Casey, Babson, Senior
Casey scored two goals and added one assist for a three-point weekend. The senior forward scored a pair of goals, the second being a shorthanded tally, in Friday's 2-2 OT with No. 1/1 Norwich, and then recorded an assist in Saturday's 4-0 victory over Saint Michael's. 

Adam Platt, Manhattanville, Senior
Platt scored three goals in two games to lead Manhattanville to a pair of key ECAC West Conference wins over the weekend. The senior assistant captain scored the game-winning goal while shorthanded with 2:44 left in regulation in Friday’s 5-3 win over Lebanon Valley College, and then scored two early goals to help lift the Valiants past Stevenson University, 5-4. 

Jarrod Fitzpatrick, Utica, Freshman
Fitzpatrick potted two goals and added a critical assist as first place Utica picked up steam with a pair of ECAC West wins. The freshman scored the icebreaker on Friday, helping Utica to force overtime in a 2-1 win against Elmira College. On Saturday, he capped a late second period surge that erased a two goal deficit created by No. 3 Hobart with the team's second goal. He then caused the Statesmen turnover that put the game-winner on the stick of Shawn Lynch as Utica snapped a 12 game unbeaten streak for Hobart that stretched back to November. 

 

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Tuesday, Dec. 12: All times Eastern
M:
Final
Worcester State 5, at Stonehill 2
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M:
Postponed
Plymouth State at Castleton
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M:
Final
at Endicott 8, Salem State 2
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M:
Final
at UW-Stevens Point 3, Adrian 2
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W:
Postponed
Plymouth State at Salem State
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Tuesday, Dec. 12: All times Eastern
M:
Final
at UW-Stevens Point 3, Adrian 2
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M:
Final
at Endicott 8, Salem State 2
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No contests today.