Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The calendar has flipped to 2017, and since a jam packed slate of games returned to the schedule, our Team of the Week returns along with our polls this week. Enjoy!
Defenseman Curt Lewington pitched in to vault Marian past CUW in an NCHA sweep.
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, 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 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:
Mason Pulde, Tufts, Senior
Pulde has often been able to dial Hamilton's number in recent years, and the Tufts netminder made the most of his lone start of the weekend to continue that trend. In a game where the Jumbos were nearly doubled up on shots, 40-23, Pulde turned aside 39 of them to hand the nation's final unbeaten NCAA hockey team its' first loss of the season by a 3-1 score on the road. Pulde is now undefeated in his last four starts against Hamilton.
Charles Barber, Plattsburgh, Freshman
Barber provided three assists as Plattsburgh State won both of its non-conference game last week. He dished first and third period assists in Friday?s 5-2 win against Middlebury College before helping out on the game's opening goal in Saturday?s 3-1 win against Williams College to snap the Ephs' three-game winning streak. Barber helped anchor a Cardinal defense that held Williams' offense, which entered Saturday averaging 3.0 goals and 27.3 shots during its three-game winning streak, to only one goal on 16 shots.
Curtis Lewington, Marian, Junior
Lewington posted a multi-goal game to lead Marian to a 3-1 win in the finale of a weekend series with CUW. Lewington opened the scoring for the game and later tallied a power play goal, which provided the Sabres enough cushion for the win.
Darren McCormick, Cortland, Junior
McCormick led the Red Dragons (8-7-1) to a pair of non-conference wins last week with eight points on five goals and three assists. In a 9-1 victory at Assumption College on Thursday, he tallied four points on two goals and two assists. On Saturday, McCormick registered a hat trick and added an assist in a come-from-behind, 5-2, win versus Curry, scoring a power-play goal and clinching the victory with two empty-net scores in the closing minutes. For the season, McCormick leads Cortland with 21 points on a team-high 14 goals and seven assists and has scored 17 points in nine non-conference games.
Ryan Bloom, University of New England, Freshman
Bloom scattered eight points across three games on five goals and three assists to lead UNE to a 2-1 nonconference week. Bloom was on the ice for all four of UNE's third period goals on Tuesday as the Nor'easters rallied out of a 4-2 hole after two periods to defeat Bowdoin, 6-4. He assisted on the tying goal while finishing the night with a 2-2-4 line. He added two goals and an assist in a 7-3 drubbing of Utica on Friday, before finishing the week with a goal in a loss to Hobart.
Brandon Millin, St. Scholastica, Senior
During a 1-0-1 weekend series at MSOE, Millin delivered to keep the Saints without a loss for the weekend, all the while collecting his second consecutive NCHA Player of the Week award. He had five third period points in the two game series, with a pair of assists in a three goal frame to help the Saints earn a tie on Friday. He struck again in the final frame on Saturday, singlehandedly erasing a two goal deficit with a pair of goals in the front half of the third period, and assisting on the team's final goal to put a 6-4 victory on ice.