Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Big wins over ranked teams by Gustavus and Amherst are among the headliners this week, and two stars of those wins are among our six nominees in the final 2017 edition of Team of the Week for the award week running from Monday, December 4th to Sunday, December 10th. We'll be back with more in January!
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:
Lori Huseby, St. Scholastica, Freshman
In Friday's tie against Hamline University, Huseby made 54 saves, including 25 in the third period. She also made a spectacular save in overtime to preserve the tie. The 54 saves were the third-most in a game in program history.
Sam Benoit, Norwich, Freshman
Benoit recorded two assists to help lead No. 1-ranked Norwich to a 4-2 win over No. 8/9 ranked Conn. College on Sunday. She assisted on the game-winning goal to break a 2-2 tie in the third period. Benoit finished as a +2 on the week and ranks second on the team with a +20 plus-minus rating on the season.
Hannah Kiraly, Plattsburgh, Sophomore
Kiraly finished with two assists and +1 rating in the Cardinals' 3-0 victory over Trinity (Conn.) in their final game of the 2017 calendar year on Saturday afternoon at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. Kiraly provided the primary assist on the eventual game-winning goal 9:24 into the third period before adding an assist--her 11th of the season--on an empty-net goal in the final minute of play. She currently ranks fourth in NCAA Division III in points per game among defensemen (1.18).
Julie Dachille, Bowdoin, Senior
Dachille scored five goals and had an assist in a pair of Polar Bear wins last weekend as the squad finished the first semester unbeaten (6-0-1) for the first time since 2002. She tallied her first career hat trick against Johnson & Wales on Saturday before adding two more scores against Southern Maine on Sunday,
Katie Savage, Amherst, Junior
Savage scored twice to unseat the only remaining unbeaten and untied team in the nation as the Mammoths edged No. 2 Elmira, 3-2. The win brought Amherst back into this week's D3hockey.com Women's Top 10.
Diana Draayer, Senior, Gustavus Adolphus
Draayer, the MIAC Player of the Week, posted her second career hat trick in Wednesday's 4-3 win over No. 5-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls. Draayer managed to find the back of the net at even strength, short-handed and on a power play for the game-winner. Her seven goals this season are the third-most among MIAC competitors.