Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The Eastern Seaboard cleans up solidly on this week's awards with five of the six spots going to Easterners this week. The regular season may be winding down, but the action is only heating up down the stretch and in our 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:
Tim Sestak, Wesleyan, Junior
Sestak made 64 total stops and posted a .985 save percentage in a pair of
NESCAC wins. He recorded his seventh shutout of the year with 31 saves
in a 2-0 victory at Middlebury and stopped 33 shots in an overtime win at
Williams. Sestak leads the conference in goals against average (1.00) and
save percentage (.967).
Oscar Arfelt, Manhattanville, Senior
Arfelt finished last week with five points, three blocks and a +4 as he helped lead the Valiants to a 3-0 record, including a pair of UCHC victories. He was named MAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. Arfelt began with a goal and an assist in a 7-0 win at Anna Maria on Tuesday. On Friday, he had another goal and assist in a 6-4 win over Chatham at home. Then, on Saturday, he assisted on the Valiants' second goal during their 4-3 OT win over Stevenson.
Braeden Hellems, Adrian, Senior
The NCHA Defensive Player of the Week led the Bulldogs offense with four points, nine shots on goal and a plus-2 rating as Adrian clinched its fourth-straight conference South Division title. Hellems scored two power play goals, including the game-winning goal, against Lake Forest on Friday (6-3) and added another goal and an assist on the game-winning goal on Saturday against Aurora (3-1). On the season, he has a career-best eight goals and is one point shy of tying his personal best of 21, set as a 2018 junior. He leads the Bulldogs with six power play goals, which is second in the NCHA and tied for 11th in NCAA Division III.
The rookie continued his hot stretch with a five-point weekend in a pair of Bengal victories. Husted had a goal and two assists in Friday's 4-2 win at Cortland and then set up a pair of goals including the game-winner in Buffalo State's 6-5 win over No. 3 Oswego on Saturday. Husted is currently on a five-game point streak with five goals and four assists during that stretch.
Joe Mitchell, Neumann, Senior
Mitchell recorded seven points on four goals and three assists in two pivotal wins in UCHC action versus Stevenson and Chatham. He tallied the game winning goal in the third period of a 3-2 victory over Stevenson on Friday. On Saturday, he recorded a six point day, scoring a hat trick and adding three assists in a 7-1 win over Chatham on his own Senior Day.
Brett Ouderkirk, Norwich, Freshman
Ouderkirk had a remarkable offensive week to help lead the Cadets to three victories as he scored five goals and had two assists for seven points. Ouderkirk scored in all three games, including the game-winning goal vs. Plattsburgh in a 3-0 win on Tuesday. He also tallied an assist on the Cadets' second goal vs. the Cardinals late in the game. Ouderkirk scored twice and had an assist for three points vs. Suffolk. He then scored the game-tying goal and an insurance tally in a come-from-behind 5-1 win over Johnson & Wales. Ouderkirk leads the team with 12 goals.