Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Two honorees from the NCHA's Clash of the Titans, a sophomore sensation at UNE, and players from the NEHC, SUNYAC, and WIAC also made the cut in our men's team of the week. This is the third edition of the 2017-18 season.
Ryan Bloom set the pace for the Nor'easters to come out ahead in their series against Nichols
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. 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 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:
Matt Pompa, Babson, Junior
Pompa was superb in two starts stopping 49 of 50 shots for a .980 save percentage to go along with a 0.50 goals against average in Babson's weekend road sweep. The junior netminder made 26 saves in Friday's 3-1 win at New England College and then turned away all 23 shots to record his sixth career shutout in a 4-0 victory at Southern Maine on Saturday.
Michael Guerrera, Buffalo State, Sophomore
The sophomore business major netted four goals in a pair of wins over the weekend. Guerrera tallied two goals in a 9-1 win over Chatham on Friday and then added two more in a 3-0 win over Lebanon Valley on Saturday. He leads the nation in scoring by a defenseman with nine points (four goals, five assists) in five games this season.
Cory Dunn, Adrian, Junior
Dunn led Adrian defensemen with four points--all assists--during the Bulldogs' 1-1 NCHA road trip at Finlandia (10-1 win) and No. 2/1-ranked St. Norbert (4-3 overtime loss). He leads NCAA Division III blueliners with 1.75 assists per game.
Peter Bates, St. Norbert, Freshman
Bates becomes the second Green Knight in two weeks to slide on the D3hockey.com Team of the Week after scoring the first two goals of his career over the weekend. On Friday, Bates notched his first in a 3-0 victory over Trine University in the first-ever meeting between the programs in NCHA play. On Saturday, Bates made his presence known in arguably Division III's biggest men's game of the season so far, scoring with less than a minute left in overtime to propel then-No. 2 St. Norbert over then-No. 1 Adrian, 4-3. The Green Knights assumed the top position in this week's D3hockey.com poll because of that victory.
Ryan Bloom, University of New England, Sophomore
Bloom has shown absolutely no signs of a sophomore slump in Biddeford, as he was the principal offensive threat for the Nor'easters in a 1-0-1 weekend series against Nichols College. In two games, he totalled three goals and three assists, while also aiding linemate Brady Fleurent to a five point weekend of his own. In Friday's tie, Bloom scored a single goal in a game that finished with a 2-2 score. In a wild Saturday evening tilt, Bloom went off for two goals and three assists, including the game-winning goal on the power play, in a matchup that featured 10 power plays and 119 penalty minutes on course to a 7-5 UNE win.
Eddie Matsushima, UW-River Falls, Junior
Matsushima had a four point weekend for the Falcons as they took on Concordia-Moorhead on the road. In the Friday night matchup, he assisted on the Falcons second goal. On Saturday afternoon he scored all three of the Falcons goals in the 3-3 tie. His hat trick night consisted of a goal in each period including a power play goal in the first and a game tying goal at 7:34 in the third.