Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Every team in the nation has now played a game this season, and D3hockey.com is proud to return our popular D3hockey.com Team of the Week!
TJ Black didn't face all that many shots, but he won twice, wrote his name in the record books twice, and toppled No. 1. Talk about economy.
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. From now, through the week following conference championship games, 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:
TJ Black, St. Norbert, Sophomore
Black, the NCHA's Goaltender of the Week, wrote his name into the record books this past week in a 2-0 run for the now No. 1 Green Knights. On Friday, Black denied 11 UW-Superior shots in a 4-0 win over the 'Jackets for his fourth consecutive shutout. In the win, Black became one of only three goaltenders in NCAA Division III history to post four straight clean sheets. On Saturday, Black made 14 saves, all of them important, and helped the Green Knights kill off seven of eight man advantages as they toppled No. 1 UW-Stevens Point by a 5-3 score in a National Championship Game rematch. In addition, when Black allowed the first Pointer goal early in the first period, it capped off a shutout streak of 266:37, the third longest shutout streak in NCAA Division III history. The loss was the first for the Pointers since February 13th, and their first loss by a deficit of more than one goal since St. Norbert defeated the Pointers 5-2 at Willett last November 21st, almost a year to the day.
Zach Borsoi, Utica, Sophomore
Borsoi registered his first two collegiate goals, one in each game this weekend, as the Pioneers defeated Elmira Friday and nationally-ranked Hobart on Saturday. Borsoi tallied his first collegiate goal to open up the scoring on the day against Elmira College on Friday. He added his second in as many nights on Saturday as he posted what proved to be the game-winner against Hobart College. Borsoi also added an assist against Elmira to give him three points on the weekend. He was also +3 for the Pioneers. He currently ranks eighth in the ECAC West in defensemen scoring with an average of .75 points per contest. Five of his six points this season have come in ECAC West Play.
Geoff Sullivan, Colby, Senior
Sullivan, the NESCAC Player of the Week, had the overtime goal in a 2-1 victory over Middlebury on Friday and then had an assist on the game-winning goal in a 4-1 win over 13th-ranked Williams on Saturday. He was named the NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday. Sullivan's blast from near the right boards at 2:11 of overtime was the winner against Middlebury. With the score 1-1 against Williams in the second period, Sullivan had an assist on the winning goal in a game where Colby scored twice in the final three minutes to pull away. A senior captain, Sullivan has 31 career assists from his defenseman position. Sullivan was part of a defense that allowed just two goals against two NESCAC opponents.
Jack Lewis, Lake Forest, Senior
Lewis, the NCHA's Player of the Week for two weeks in a row, turned in a five point week across three games as the Foresters finished the week 2-1. On Tuesday, Lewis potted his eighth goal of the season in a 5-0 win over Aurora before dishing out an assist on all three goals in the Forester win over UW-River Falls on Friday. He tacked on an additional assist in a 5-3 setback to UW-Eau Claire. Lewis will eat his holiday turkey in a four way deadlock for the national scoring lead with eight goals.
Tyler Warila, Fitchburg State, Freshman
Warila notchec three points, with one goal and two assists as the Falcons went 2-0 for the week Warila put up twin assists in a 5-3 win over Salem State before adding the game-winning goal in a 2-1 overtime win against Plymouth State.
Tyler VanKleef, Curry, Senior
VanKleef scored six times, five in a single game, and registered one assist as the Colonels went 1-0-1 in CCC play. He scored a career-high five times and added one assist in a 7-4 win over Suffolk on Thursday. He also added one of three Curry goals in a 3-3 tie with Johnson and Wales.