Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Three MIAC players headline this week's D3hockey.com Team of the Week. This edition covers the award week from November 26 to December 2nd, and will be our second to last edition of the fall semester.
Canton's Noelle Niemiec was a force for the Roos this week. Photo: Canton 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... 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:
Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas, Junior
Mackenzie Torpy stopped 60 of 61 shots in a pair of close wins against previous MIAC co-leader Augsburg over the weekend. Torpy increased her streak of scoreless minutes in net to 354 before finally surrendering a power-play goal early in the second period of Saturday's 3-1 win. She has allowed just three goals in her last 11 games dating back to the 2017-18 season finale and leads all 341 NCAA goalies of both genders in shutouts (seven), goals-allowed average (0.31), and save percentage (.984). She moved past Alise Riedel into No. 1 at St. Thomas and into a tie for No. 2 in MIAC history for goalie wins at 54 last week and also had her 16th career shutout - one off the school record - for the 10-0 Tommies, who are currently riding an NCAA-best 23-game unbeaten streak (18-0-5).
Noelle Niemiec, Canton, Senior
Niemiec, a captain, posted two goals and two assists during a pair of 7-1 and 6-2 road wins at Wilkes this weekend. The senior defenseman also helped to shut down Potsdam's offense and allow just one goal in a 1-1 overtime tie on Tuesday. Niemiec tallied a goal and assist in each win v. the Colonels and finished the week with a remarkable team-best +7 on-ice rating.
Shelly Czarnowczan, Adrian, Senior
Scored a power play goal and added two assists on Friday and scored a goal and picked up another assist on Saturday. She finished the weekend with a +4 rating.
Allie Stanger, Gustavus Adolphus, Senior
Senior captain Allie Stanger helped lead the Gusties to a sweep of Bethel this weekend. After scoring a goal in the teams 4-0 victory on Friday, Stanger found the back of the net three times for a hat trick in Gustavus' come from behind 4-3 win over Bethel including the game winner with 42 seconds to play. Stanger leads all Gustavus players with nine points on the season.
Molly Garin, Hamline, Freshman
Molly got the Pipers off and running in both wins over St. Catherine. She assisted on the first two goals in a 3-2 win on Nov.30. The next day, she scored the first two goals in a 6-1 win over the Wildcats. Her 11 points (3 G, 8 A) in eight games lead all first year players in the MIAC.
Tatum Gietl, UNE, Junior
Gietl netted four goals, including posting a hat trick, in UNE's weekend sweep over Saint Michael's College in nonconference action. The junior forward scored three goals in Friday's game and rounded out the weekend with another goal on Saturday. She also recorded an impressive +7 plus-minus rating on the weekend.