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Three men's teams entered the weekend still unbeaten on the year, but by the time the night was over only one remained as No. 3 Trinity and No. 13 Williams both suffered one-goal losses. The lone remaining unbeaten? Top-ranked St. Norbert, which was a 3-1 come-frome-behind winner over No. 8 Augsburg.

Hobart's Jonáš Ťoupal's goal early in the third period drew the Statesmen into a 2-2 tie with No. 3 Trinity.
Photo: Kevin Colton/HWS Athletics

After a scoreless opening period, Augsburg claimed the first lead of the night when Nate Flynn scored his seventh of the year on the power play at the 2:56 mark of the second period. The Auggies lead stood through the end of two periods, but the Green Knights finally got on the board at the 5:42 mark of the third stanza with a goal by freshman William Yates to tie things up at one.

At the 8:24 mark, St. Norbert (10-0-1) claimed its first lead of the evening when Tyler Andrews scored what proved to be the game-winner with a shot that Augsburg goaltender Nick Schmit was never able to get eyes on. Tanner Froese added another for some insurance just over two minutes later to make it 3-1, and St. Norbert and goaltender T.J. Black kept the Auggies off the board the rest of the way.

Black finished with 24 stops to help lead the Green Knights to the win, while Luke Karakas and Dominick Sacco both finished with a pair of assists. Evan Hesse and Max Pernhem picked up assists for Augsburg (8-3-0), while Schmit finished with 32 saves. The loss marked the third in a row for the Auggies, who will again drop the puck against St. Norbert on Saturday night.

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It was No. 11 Hobart that knocked Trinity out of the realm of the unbeaten. A first period Jack McCarthy goal and another at the 2:04 mark of the second by Liam Feeney actually staked the Bantams a 2-0 lead, but from there it was all Statesmen. Ryan Lynch scored at 9:26 of the second to reduce the deficit to 2-1, while Jonáš Ťoupal tallied at the 6:52 mark of the third to tie the game, 2-2.

Just over a minute later, at the 8:03 mark of the period, Hobart's Vincent Russo scored just his second goal of the season but it was a big one as it handed the Statesmen a 3-2 lead they never relinquished. Hobart (7-2-2) was outshot by Trinity (6-1-1) 36-29 on the night and picked up 34 saves from goaltender Alexander Connal. Alex Morin made 26 stops for Trinity.

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Williams entered the night a perfect 5-0, but now stands at 5-1 after suffering a 1-0 setback to long-time rival Amherst. Phil Johnson, on an assist from Jack Fitzgerald, scored the only goal of the night, but it was all the Mammoths needed to unseat the Ephs. Connor Girard made 27 saves to get the shutout win in goal for Amherst (3-1-3), and it was a win that marked his first of the season. The shutout also marked the second career no-no for the senior from Bloomington, Minnesota. Stephen Morrissey finished with 34 saves for Williams.

 

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D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week: December 5th

Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --

It's in with the new this week, as most of our honorees in this week's D3hockey.com Women's Team of the Week make the list for the first time this year, and for some, the first time ever. This is the second to last edition for the 2017 calendar year, and following next week, the series will resume in January. 

Kenzie Torpy aided the Tommie cause as they held Augsburg without a win this weekend. 
Photo: Caleb Williams, D3photography.com

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:

Goaltender

Kenzie Torpy, St. Thomas, Junior
Torpy stopped 48-of-49 shots to help the Tommies take a tie and a shutout win against Augsburg over the weekend. Torpy stopped 24-of-25 shots in Friday's 1-1 overtime tie, then recorded her 40th career victory and eighth career shutout in Saturday's 4-0 victory.

Defense

Amanda Fantasia, Salve Regina, Sophomore
Fantasia scored twice in the Seahawks' victory over Johnson & Wales University on Friday and added another goal on the power play versus nationally ranked Endicott College. 

Hannah Kiraly, Plattsburgh, Sophomore
Kiraly had three assists and a +3 rating in a NEWHL weekend sweep of SUNY Potsdam. Kiraly provided two assists on Friday, helping the Cardinals top the Bears 8-0 at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena. She then assisted on the eventual game-winning goal on Saturday, as Plattsburgh State defeated Potsdam 4-1 on the road. For the season, she is tied for eighth in NCAA Division III in points per game for a defenseman (1.10) and has 11 points on two goals and nine assists.

 

Forward

 

Andrea Rockey, Hamilton, Junior
Rockey played a part in three of the Continentals’ five goals in two wins against Colby. Rockey scored 40 seconds into overtime in a 1-0 win on Friday. She assisted on Hamilton’s first goal and tallied the second in a 4-0 victory on Saturday to help Hamilton complete the sweep.

Sierra Meiners, Finlandia, Senior
Meiners played a key role for the Lions in picking up another victory, earning NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process. Finlandia went 1-1 against Marian, with Meiners recording a goal and an assist in the Friday loss. She went above and beyond Saturday, setting up the final three goals in the 4-1 victory to total 5 points (1G/4A) for the week. Meiners has now moved into the top five in school history for career goals and points.

Bre Simon, Hamline, Sophomore
Simon played a big part in a big weekend for Hamline, as the Pipers topped St. Kate's by 3-0 and 4-0 scores to improve to 5-1 in MIAC play. On Friday, she scored twice and set up another goal as part of a 10-shot night. She had a goal and an assist the next afternoon in the 4-0 win. The sophomore is tied for the MIAC lead in goals with seven, and is second in points with thirteen total. 

 

 

 

 

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HRAO to send three officials to Olympics

ZURICH, Switzerland - Officiating a college hockey game is a challenging task by itself, but officials working under the supervision of the Hockey Referee Assigning Organization are about to take on an even greater task on the world stage this February. The International Ice Hockey Federation announced its roster of ice hockey officials for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, and that list included three officials who work Division III games under the HRAO during the collegiate season. 

Linesman Fraser McIntyre is set to work his first Olympic Games after multiple stints at the World Championships, most recently in 2016. He also worked the World Championship tournament in 2015, and the World Juniors in 2014. His other officiating experience includes the collegiate level, as well as many years under the employ of the American Hockey League, where he has worked the Calder Cup Finals. 

Linesman Jessica LeClerc is not only a collegiate official, but is also a former player at Utica College. LeClerc was a three year player under Dave Clausen from 2007 to 2009 after transferring from the University of Maine. On her officiating resume, she has most recently worked the 2017 Women's World Championship, and the 2016 Under-18 Women's World Championship for the IIHF. 

Referee Katie Guay makes her first Olympic Games as the latest accomplishment of a trailblazing career in the officiating profession. Guay is the first female official to referee men's Division I college hockey on a regular basis, and has also officiated professional men's games before in the Southern Professional Hockey League. 

The HRAO is the organization responsible for assigning and supervision of NCAA Division III hockey officiating for the United Collegiate Hockey Conference, SUNYAC, NESCAC, Colonial Hockey Conference, NEWHL, and others across the east region of Division III Hockey. They utilize the services of over 300 officials located from Maine to Maryland, with a wide range of prolific qualifications. To learn more about the HRAO, their services, and how to become an official, visit CollegeHockeyReferee.com

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