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.
Rookie sensation Tim Kielich had four assists this weekend, helping Brockport defeat Potsdam, and tie SUNYAC leader Plattsburgh.
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:
Connor Maloney, Freshman, University of New England
Maloney came up big in a historic win for the UNE program, stopping 38 of 39 New England College shots to lead the Nor'Easters to a 4-1 win in the NEHC quarterfinals.
Cory Dunn, Adrian, Freshman
Dunn was credited with the game-winning goal in a 4-2 road triumph at nationally-ranked St. Scholastica that clinched the Bulldogs' overall No. 1 seed in the Harris Cup playoffs. Dunn leads NCHA blueliners with 19 assists and 25 points.
Mitch Hall, Hamline, Sophomore
Mitch's goal on Saturday broke a 1-1 tie and started Hamline on its way to a 6-3 win over Gustavus Adolphus that clinched fifth place in the MIAC and sent the Pipers to the playoffs. On Friday, the teams played a 1-1 OT tie. (HU won in a shootout for the extra point.) More importantly, perhaps, was that Mitch was on the ice for all seven goals Hamline scored this weekend for a +7 rating. Prior to that series, Mitch had been a +1 for the year.
Tim Kielich, Brockport, Freshman
Rookie Tim Kielich tabbed four assists on the week as the Golden Eagles went 1-0-1 and secured a fifth seed in the SUNYAC tournament. The East Aurora native earned a helper on a game-tying power play goal in the second period Friday as Brockport tied Plattsburgh. On Saturday, Kielich picked up an assist on each of Brockport's three goals in a 3-1 win over Potsdam. Kielich tied for the SUNYAC rookie scoring title with 19 points off of 8 goals and 11 assists in 16 conference games. On the season, Kielich tabbed 31 points and is the first rookie to reach at least 30 points since Bobby Garrison in 1996-1997.
Stephen Gaul, Manhattanville, Sophomore
Gaul was named the ECAC West Conference Player of the Week after leading Manhattanville to a 5-2 win over Elmira and the second seed in the ECAC West Tournament on Tuesday night with two goals and an assist for three points. The sophomore scored twice in 57 seconds to put the Valiants ahead and then assisted on the final goal of the game. His 14 goals are the most by a Valiant underclassman since 2005-06 and are fourth in the ECAC West.
Craig Lindegard, UW-Stout, Junior
With the WIAC opening round playoff series tied at a game apiece after a setback against Superior, Lindegard took matters into his own hands for the Blue Devils. Lindegard scored twice in the minigame, including the go-ahead, to lift Stout to a 3-2 advantage and a spot in the WIAC semifinals. Lindegard also factored in nicely in the scope of the series, tallying a pair of assists.