Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
D3hockey.com is proud to present a first for Division III College Hockey this season with our D3hockey.com National Team of the Week.
The play of Jordyn Kaufer, a Concordia-Moorhead transfer, has kept the Auggies in command of the MIAC.
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, so any games played on deadline day (deadline for nominations is 8pm Monday) are incorporated into the following week's award cycle.
Once we get the school and league nominations, 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. SIDs can submit their nominations from 10pm each Saturday night 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.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Jordyn Kaufer, Augsburg, Sophomore
MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week ... Kaufer saved 50 of the 51 shots he faced on the weekend (.980 save percentage), surrendering just one goal in MIAC-leader Augsburg's sweep of Saint Mary's, which had entered the weekend as the MIAC's top-scoring team at 4.3 goals per-game. He claimed 21 saves in Augsburg's 4-1 win on Friday night in Winona, then stopped all 29 shots he faced in recording his first shutout as an Auggie (second career shutout) in Augsburg's 5-0 home win on Saturday. A transfer from Concordia-Moorhead, Kaufer is 11-4-0 with a 2.19 goals-against-average (second among MIAC goalies in overall statistics) and .917 save percentage (third the MIAC). His 11 wins in goal are tied for second-most among NCAA Division III goalies nationally. Now 12-6-1 overall and 8-1-1 in MIAC play, Augsburg stands in first place in the MIAC standings, aiming for its first conference regular-season title since the 1997-98 campaign.
Ethan Strong, UW-Stevens Point, Freshman
Strong scored his first collegiate goal as part of a three-point weekend from the blue line for No. 5/6 UW-Stevens Point as the Pointers swept Lake Forest 3-1 and 9-2 in a home-and-home series. The freshman scored his first UW-Stevens Point goal at 17:03 of the second period in Saturday's 9-2 win as part of a six-goal barrage in the period. He also set up a goal earlier in the period in addition to setting up Lawrence Cornellier's game-winning goal the night before on the road. Strong was a +4 over the two wins, including a season-best +3 on Saturday night.
Jerry Laakso, UMass-Dartmouth, Sophomore
The Corsairs walked away from the weekend without a win in a pair of MASCAC contests, but Laakso held up his end of the bargain on the offensive end. The Sophomore piled up four assists, with two coming in a loss to Framingham State, and the other pair were put on the scoresheet in a loss to Fitchburg State.
Devin Stuermer, Marian, Senior
Senior forward Devin Stuermer produced his first career hat trick in the final collegiate regular season game he'll play in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wis. as Marian completed a sweep of No. 14 MSOE. Stuermer needed only the second period as he lit the lamp three times in the period in the finale of the series. The hat trick marked the fifth time Stuermer has scored multiple goals in a game and was only the second time he recorded more than two points in a game.
Matt Brazel, Babson, Freshman
Brazel produced two goals and three assists for five points over the weekend as nationally-ranked Babson extended its winning streak to four games with victories over the University of New England and Southern Maine. The first-year forward assisted on the Beavers' first two goals and then scored early in the second period for the the first three-point game of his career in Friday's 4-3 win over the Nor'easters. On Saturday, he recorded a first-period assist and scored in the second period as part of a 5-0 victory over the Huskies.
Will Laking, Castleton, Senior
Laking delivered five points this weekend to help Castleton knock off No. 14 Norwich and St. Michael’s. Against the Cadets, the senior picked up a pair of assists to help the squad notch the victory. He was even better the following afternoon, as he collected an assist on the opening goal before netting two of his own in the third, including a short-handed effort, to seal a 3-2 victory over the Purple Knights. The senior has now tallied seven points in the last five games and leads the team in points (16), goals (8) and assists (8).