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

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff 

A pair of monumental upsets, and a few other notable performances hit the spotlight in the second D3hockey.com Team of the Week of the 2018-19 season. The second award week runs from Monday, October 29th to Sunday, November 4th. 

Josh Haskin paced Utica in their wins over Neumann and Manahattanville with a conference best six assists. 
Photo: Gil Burgmaster, Utica College 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 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

Hunter Vorva, Marian, Junior
Vorva led Marian to a pair of victories to open the season. Vorva opened the weekend with 20 saves against Trine and then stood on his head to lead the Sabres past No. 2 Adrian with a career-high 46-save performance. The Kalamazoo, Mich. native totaled 66 saves on the weekend with a 1.50 goals against average to go with a .957 saver percentage. 

 

Defense

Nick Albano, UMass Boston, Sophomore
Albano finished with three points and a team-best +8 on the weekend, to help UMass Boston start NEHC play 2-0. The sophomore defenseman recorded one goal and two assists and finished a spectacular +4 in both conference wins. He recorded an assist in Friday's 6-2 win over the University of Southern Maine, before adding an assist on the game-winning goal and a goal in Saturday's win over New England College.

Adam Ostrowski, MSOE, Sophomore
Ostrowski scored the game-winning goal in a 3-2 overtime upset of #1 St. Norbert.


 

Forward

Clay Cross, Marian, Junior
Cross recorded four points on the weekend as the Sabres opened the season with wins over Trine and No. 2 Adrian. Cross had three goals on the weekend including both game-winners to go with an assist. Cross had multi-point games in both victories with a goal and an assist against the Thunder and his second-career multi-goal game against the Bulldogs.

Tommy Besinger, Endicott, Senior
Besinger recorded eight points in a 2-0-0 week for the Gulls against Western New England. Besinger tied the program record for assists with five in Endicott's 11-0 win over on Friday then added two more on Saturday. In total, five of Besinger's seven assists with primary helpers.

Josh Haskin, Utica, Sophomore
Haskin had a dynamite week against a pair of established UCHC teams to nearly match his eight points from all of last season, as he posted seven points on a goal and six assists. The sophomore forward put up a dazzling performance in Tuesday's 5-1 win at Manhattanville as he assisted on four of the team's five goals. He had the helper on Utica's last four goals of the game to break a 1-1 tie and square away the weeknight win. He also added one shot and was a +4 on the night. On Saturday, Haskin was strong again in an 8-1 win against Neumann with a goal and two more assists. He assisted on Utica's first two goals of the game, including the game-winner in the first period. He added a second period goal where he took a pass from defenseman Dan Fritz in an open pocket down the middle of the ice and wristed it past goaltender Sammy Bernard for his first goal of the year and a 5-1 lead. Haskin finished the night as a +3. He was not on the ice for a goal against the entire week. 

 

 

 

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Tuesday, Nov. 20: All times Eastern
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Final
Western New England 4, at Post 2
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2nd - 12:07
Amherst 2
St. Michael's 0
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4:00 PM
Trinity at Nazareth
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1st - 05:53
Wilkes 1
Hamilton 0
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6:50 PM
New England College at Becker
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7:00 PM
Elmira at SUNY Geneseo
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Postponed
Southern Maine at Salem State
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7:00 PM
Bowdoin at University of New England
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7:00 PM
Chatham at Morrisville State
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7:00 PM
Framingham State at Franklin Pierce
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7:00 PM
Tufts at Babson
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7:30 PM
Curry at Mass-Dartmouth
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7:35 PM
Johnson and Wales at Assumption
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7:35 PM
Anna Maria at Westfield State
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8:00 PM
UW-Superior at St. Scholastica
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at Hamilton 2, Morrisville State 1
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4:00 PM
Salem State at University of New England
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2nd - 11:45
Amherst 2
New England College 1
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6:00 PM
Endicott at Williams
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7:00 PM
Castleton at Connecticut College
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Postponed
Colby at Southern Maine
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7:00 PM
Wesleyan at Salve Regina
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7:30 PM
Post at Trinity
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8:00 PM
St. Mary's (Minn.) at UW-Eau Claire
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8:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Gustavus Adolphus
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8:00 PM
Augsburg at UW-Superior
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8:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
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8:05 PM
St. Olaf at UW-River Falls
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7:00 PM
Elmira at SUNY Geneseo
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7:00 PM
Bowdoin at University of New England
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7:00 PM
Tufts at Babson
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4:00 PM
Trinity at Nazareth
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8:05 PM
St. Olaf at UW-River Falls
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8:00 PM
St. Mary's (Minn.) at UW-Eau Claire
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8:00 PM
St. Scholastica at Gustavus Adolphus