Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Top programs Plattsburgh and Elmira make another common appearance, joined by others from Wesleyan, UW-Eau Claire, and St. Catherine.
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. Breaking precedent slightly, we accepted Monday's games as part of the award week, and considered all games played from December 11th on due to the sparse slate between then and now.
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:
Allegra Grant, Wesleyan, Sophomore
Grant recorded 47 saves in a 1-1 tie against Connecticut College on Saturday. She denied the first 34 shots she faced, and turned away five attempts during the five-minute overtime session. She also notched 33 saves in a 3-0 loss against the Camels on Friday. She has tallied 40 or more saves four times this season
Rachel Grampp, Elmira, Senior
Logged three points for the No. 1/3 Soaring Eagles in the finale of a home-and-home series against conference foe Utica...Amassed a career-high-tying three points and two assists, as Elmira bested the Pioneers on the road in Utica by a 5-2 final score...Scored the game's first goal and assisted on both third-period tallies...Marks Grampp's second multi-point outing of the year...She also helped the Soaring Eagles blank the Pioneers in a 5-0 win at the Murray Athletic Center to open the two-game UCHC series...Finished the weekend with a plus-2 rating.
Lauren Norgren, UW-Eau Claire, Senior
Norgren's goal at 1:16 of overtime propelled the Blugolds to a 3-2 extra session win as part of a weekend nonconference sweep of Lake Forest.
Courtney Moriarty, Plattsburgh, Junior
The NEWHL Player of the Week, Moriarty tallied four points on three goals and an assist in a 2-0 week for the Cardinals. She scored two goals--one shorthanded and one on the power play--in a 3-0 victory over Buffalo State on Friday before scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 4-0 win over the Bengals on Saturday to help complete the series sweep. For the season, Moriarty leads NCAA Division III in game-winning goals (8) and also ranks among the national leaders in power-play goals (7, tied for second), goals (16, tied for third), goals per game (1.07, tied for fourth), points (25, tied for seventh) and points per game (1.67, tied for eighth).
Sarah Hughson, Elmira, Senior
Hughson led the Soaring Eagles to a weekend sweep of UCHC foe Utica by scores of 5-0 and 5-2 on Friday and Saturday, respectively. She paced Elmira with five points and four goals in the series. She scored twice on the power play, and netted both game-winners against Utica. She also leads the nation with eight power ply goals. On Friday, she logged her second hat trick of the season in the series opener on Friday at the Murray Athletic Center. She then added a power-play goal and one assist on Saturday in Utica. Hughson leads the UCHC in points (25), power-play points (12) and power-play goals (8)...Ranks second in UCHC in goals (15) and game-winning goals (3).
Laken Muller, St. Catherine, Junior
Muller registered back-to-back multi-point games to help lead St. Kate’s to its first sweep of the season over the weekend. Muller had a hand in three of the Wildcats’ five goals in a 5-3 win over St. Olaf on Friday – including the game-winner in the third period –and contributed a goal and an assist in a 6- 2 victory over the Oles on Saturday. The sweep was the first of the year for the Wildcats