Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Time once again to talk turkey about our best men's performances of the week, including another member of the undefeated Green Knights, a century mark scorer, a sparkplug from the shores of Lake Ontario, the co-players of the week in the UCHC, and multi-time honoree Gianni Mangone of Marian.
Lebanon Valley's Brett Johnson tore it up in wins over No. 13 Utica and Nazareth.
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:
TJ Black, St. Norbert, Junior
Black gets the call back for another appearance on the list this week after backstopping the No. 1 Green Knights to another huge pair of non-conference wins in close games. On Friday, he rendered a 38-17 opposing advantage in shots ineffective, as he turned aside 37 in a 3-1 win over No. 12 UW-Eau Claire. The junior then added his fifth win over teams that have been ranked in the D3hockey.com Men's Top 15 with a 30 save performance on 31 shots in a 2-1 win at No. 5 UW-Stevens Point. Black is now 6-0 on the year.
Gianni Mangone, Marian, Senior
Mangone had a hand in half of the Marian goals over the weekend as Marian swept a pair of WIAC teams in No. 5 UW-Stevens Point and UW-Stout. Mangone opened the scoring as the Sabres upended the nationally-ranked Pointers 3-1 on the road and then had his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist in a 3-0 shutout of UW-Stout. His goal against the Blue Devils came on the power play and was the game-winner.
Jake Davidson, Neumann, Senior
The UCHC Co-Player of the Week played a part in all five Neumann goals in a 5-2 win over visiting Elmira in the team's lone game of the weekend. Davidson registered a hat trick and two assists to complete his five-point night. The senior now ranks sixth in the country in points with 13 (4 g, 9 a) and is also the highest scoring defenseman in the country.
Josh Zizek, Oswego, Sophomore
In a 2-0 week for the Lakers, Zizek was a catalyst. The sophomore's best performance came in a come-from-behind victory over Fredonia on Saturday. Trailing 3-1 late to the Blue Devils, the forward was involved in the next four Oswego goals to stun Fredonia for a 5-3 victory. All four points came in the final 10 minutes of the contest, starting with an assist to cut the deficit to two and then another helper on the equalizer. Zizek notched the eventual game-winning goal on the power-play at 12:39, earning his third point over just a 2:13 span. He capped the Lakers' third-period eruption on an empty-net goal off a pass from Cameron Berry with 21 seconds to play. That showing followed a one-assist outing in a 4-3 triumph over Buffalo State at home on Friday night.
Brett Johnson, Lebanon Valley, Sophomore
Johnson was the guiding force in Lebanon Valley's first weekend conference sweep since their NCAA return. Johnson scored a goal and added an assist in the Dutchmen's 3-2 upset win over No. 13 Utica. He followed it up the next night by netting a hat trick, to go along with an assist, in LVC's 5-2 win over Nazareth. The win over Utica was the second ever for the Dutchmen and their first since 2002, and the win over Nazareth was their first triumph over the Golden Flyers in school history. He is the UCHC Co-Player of the Week.
Casey Shea, UMass-Dartmouth, Senior
Shea registered his 100th career point as part of a one goal, five assist effort in a 2-0 week for the Corsairs. He scored a goal and notched four assists in the 6-2 win over Westfield State, and added another assist in the 7-2 win over Framingham State.