Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
For the first time since trimming the honors to six players years ago, we make an exception for a seventh as two goaltenders backstopped NESCAC underdogs to multiple big wins. Add in wins over ranked teams like Buffalo State, Hobart, and UW-Stevens Point, and you have an especially competitive list this week!
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. That's generally it. 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 for now... if it's that good, we'll find you eventually.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Nik Nugnes, Tufts, Senior
Nugnes recorded a 1.67 goals against average and .947 save percentage for the Jumbos. He had a 33-save shutout against Amherst on Saturday for Tufts’ first NESCAC win. He then made 32 stops and picked up an assist as Tufts toppled Hamilton 5-3 on Sunday. To start the week, Nugnes’ 25 saves helped the Jumbos earn a 2-2 non-conference tie against Endicott.
Connor Rodericks, Connecticut College, Sophomore
Rodericks helped the Camels shutout Hamilton, 3-0, and post a 3-2 triumph over Amherst with 33 saves in each game. He posted a .971 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average, despite the Camels being out shot 33-10 by the Continentals and 35-23 by the Mammoths. Connecticut College has won three straight contests against league opponents.
Andrew Pizzo, Plattsburgh, Sophomore
Pizzo tallied three points on two goals and an assist in a 1-1 week for the Cardinals. He scored his second and third goals of the season in a 3-2 win over Middlebury on Friday before offering an assist in a loss to Williams on Saturday. A midyear transfer from NCAA Division I Niagara, Pizzo has five points so far this season on three goals and two assists.
Curtis Lewington, Marian, Senior
Lewington had his first three-point game as Marian defeated Finlandia by a convincing 6-0 score. Lewington assisted three of the first five goals, including the game-winner, as the Calgary, Alta. native continues to have a career year in his final campaign.
Connor Powell, Elmira, Sophomore
Powell helped the Soaring Eagles split a home-and-home series with No. 15/15-ranked Buffalo State. He scored two of EC's three goals in a 3-2 home victory over the Bengals on Saturday night at the MAC. This marks his third multi-goal game and eighth multi-point game of the season. Connor also ranks ninth in the nation in points per game (1.53). In the UCHC, he's tied for first in points (26) tied for third in goals (9) and leads all UCHC players in assists (17)...EC's win over Buff State was the fourth against a nationally-ranked team in 2017-18.
Ryan Gouveia, Babson, Senior
Gouveia scored four goals to help Babson return to conference play with victories at Hobart and Skidmore over the weekend. The senior forward notched the game-winning goal at 13:35 of the third period in Friday's 4-3 triumph against the Statesmen, and then recorded his first career hat trick in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Thoroughbreds. Gouveia scored twice in the second period and tacked another goal late in the third to complete just the program's second hat trick since 2010.
Lukas Gillett, Augsburg, Junior
This week's MIAC Men's Hockey Athlete of the Week ... Gillett scored three goals in a pair of nonconference home wins for Augsburg (12-5-0) over the weekend. He scored the game-tying power-play goal in the second period in Augsburg's 2-1 win over No. 3-ranked Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Friday, then scored two goals, including a power-play marker, in the Auggies' 6-2 win over Wisconsin-Stout on Saturday. Gillett has been on a scoring tear in the first two weekends of 2018, with five goals and an assist in his last four games. He has seven goals and four assists for 11 points on the season, including two power-play goals.