Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Two players from the battle of number ones, plus others from the NCHA, SUNYAC, UCHC, and Commonwealth Coast make their presence felt in our men's Team of the 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:
Kevin Entmaa, Adrian, Junior
Entmaa made his only appearance of the week count in a big way by making 29 saves--including all four shots he faced in overtime--to help the Bulldogs upend D3hockey.com #1 St. Norbert, 3-2. The 29 stops are his high against the Green Knights, who had won four-straight against Adrian. Adrian now owns a four-point lead in the overall point standings for home-ice in the Harris Cup Playoffs.
Cory Dunn, Adrian, Junior
Dunn tallied two points, a plus-2 and six shots on goal while contributing to a perfect penalty kill unit as Adrian swept #1/#2 St. Norbert (3-2 in overtime) and Finlandia (7-1) in a NCHA home sweep. He scored the game-winning goal at 2:13 into the extra session to snap Adrian's four-game losing streak against the Green Knights. The assistant captain also helped to kill off eight opponent power plays. Adrian now owns a four-point lead in the overall point standings for home-ice in the Harris Cup Playoffs.
Gianni Mangone, Marian, Senior
Mangone became the all-time leader for goals from a defenseman in Marian men's hockey and helped lead the Sabres to a pair of conference wins. Mangone scored a pair of goals in a victory over Northland where he re-wrote the record books and then assisted a goal against then-ranked No. 15 St. Scholastica to close out his three-point weekend.
Tyson Empey, Geneseo, Sophomore
Empey scored a career-high five points in the Knights 7-4 victory at Plattsburgh on Saturday as Geneseo clinched its eighth-straight postseason berth. Assisting the first three goals of the game, Empey notched two goals in the third period, including his ninth power-play tally of the season that is currently tied for first in Divison III.
Matthew Cuce, Elmira, Sophomore
Cuce led the Soaring Eagles in points (5) during a crucial weekend against UCHC competition, as Elmira topped Nazareth, 3-2, and upset #7/7 Utica, 5-1. He had a hand in all three goals against the Golden Flyers on Friday night with one goal and two assists. Cuce scored EC's second goal, which gave the Soaring Eagles a 2-1 advantage in the second period, and earned the primary assist on the game-winner midway through the third against Naz. On Saturday, Cuce recorded two points (1g, 1a) in the victory over the nationally-ranked Pioneers. He tallied the game-winning goal on the power play in the second period, before assisting on Elmira's third goal to add some insurance. Cuce has a point in five consecutive games and multiple points in each of his last four outings.
Brady Fleurent, UNE, Junior
Fleurent matched the program single-game records for points and assists at Becker this weekend, while becoming UNE's career points leader in the process by passing Trevor Fleurent's 116 career points in just his junior campaign. He leads the nation in points and assists per game. For the weekend, Fleurent finished with two goals and six assists for a total of eight points.