Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
A stunner in the NCHA, St. Olaf posts a close call against Eau Claire, and a trio of New England forwards earn honors. It may be a bit late, but our D3hockey.com Team of the Week is still here for you this week and every 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
|St. Olaf's Tuuka Totro blocks a shot in an earlier game against UW-Stout. His performance vs. UW Eau-Claire landed him a spot on our Team of the Week.
Photo: Kevin Healy, d3photography.gom
select among top performances by position. It's an elite group. Three forwards, two defensemen, one goaltender. That's generally it. 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:
George Argiropoulos, Lake Forest, Senior
Argiropoulos nearly posted a perfect weekend as Lake Forest won twice and climbed into first place in the NCHA South Division standings. After stopping all 19 shots on goal he faced in Friday's 6-0 blanking of #6 Adrian, the senior recorded 19 more saves in a 4-1 triumph over Trine. The only tally against him on the weekend was a 5-on-3 score with 4:05 remaining on Saturday.
Mark DerManulian, Lake Forest, Sophomore
DerManulian scored his third and fourth goals of the season and was +3 in Lake Forest's 6-0 triumph over #6 Adrian on Friday. He also assisted on the official game-winning goal of Saturday evening's 4-1 triumph over Trine that kept the Foresters atop the NCHA South Division standings.
Tuukka Totro, St. Olaf, Junior
Totro scored three goals in two games last week for St. Olaf, including his first-career two-goal game at No. 3 UW-Eau Claire on Saturday night. With the Oles down 3-0 inside the final six minutes, the junior scored twice in the span of 1:37 to bring St. Olaf within a goal of the Blugolds. He also gave St. Olaf a 1-0 lead midway through the second period in an eventual 2-1, last-second loss to UW-River Falls on Friday night on the road.
Josh Bowes, Endicott, Senior
Bowes became the second student-athlete in program history to reach the 100 career point plateau when he notched two goals and two assists for four points against Tufts University in a 9-2 win last Tuesday. Bowes, who needed two points to reach the milestone in the game, dished out an assist 45-seconds into the second period and later found the back of the net at 2:06 of the third to give Endicott a 5-2 lead at the time. He also added another goal and another assist on the next two tallies for the Gulls.
Mike Egan, Babson, Freshman
Egan scored three goals and chipped in with an assist for four points as Babson returned to league play with a win and a tie on the road. He produced the first two-goal game of his career and tacked on an assist in Friday's 6-2 victory at Southern Maine before scoring for the third consecutive game in Saturday's 4-4 OT tie at New England College
Ryan Bloom, UNE, Junior
Bloom picked up seven points in a 2-0 week for the University of New England. Bloom opened the week with a goal and two assists as the Nor'easters knocked off Buffalo State, 6-1, on the road. He then potted two goals and dished out two assists in a 7-3 win over Morrisville. He finished the week with a plus-7 rating.