Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The man who dealt Plymouth State its first MASCAC loss, a long shutout streak at Hobart, and a championship effort at Boston Landing highlight our performances in the D3hockey.com 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:
Alex Connal, Hobart, Junior
Connal opened the second half of the season with three straight wins, posting a 0.67 goals against average and a .974 save percentage. He has not allowed a goal in 147 minutes, recording shutouts over Middlebury and Potsdam. Connal had 32 saves in the victory over UNE, stopped 15 shots against Middlebury, and made 27 saves against Potsdam.
Josh Labonte, Hamilton, Sophomore
Labonte posted four points in a 1-1 week. He recorded the first multi-point game of his collegiate career with a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win against Colby on Friday. His power-play goal early in the third period gave the Continentals a 3-1 lead. Labonte added an assist in a 4-1 setback against Bowdoin on Saturday.
Blake Robertson, Trine, Sophomore
Robertson led the way for the Thunder recording four points in their doubleheader against King’s (Pa.) College this weekend. On Friday, he iced the game coming away with the team’s fifth goal in the 19th minute. On Saturday, he assisted on the first goal of the night before putting the game out of reach with two goals in the second as the Thunder cruised to a 5-0 win. Defensively Robertson helped hold the opposition to just 31 shots for the weekend.
Mike Moran, Worcester State, Senior
Moran scored two goals and added an assist in the Lancers' win over Plymouth State last Satruday. All of his three points were scored in the third period, as the Lancers broke a third period tie to deal the Panthers their first MASCAC loss of the season. Moran was named MASCAC Player of the Week for his efforts.
Daniel Bergqvist, New England College, Junior
Bergqvist recorded four points on three goals and an assist as New England College won the Boston Landing Collegiate Invitational Tournament. The junior forward notched the eventual game-winner against Nichols College and also added an assist on an insurance goal later in the game. He followed that performance with two goals in Saturday's championship bout vs. Lebanon Valley College. Bergqvist finished the weekend with a +5 rating.
Johnny Panvica, St. Thomas, Junior
Panvica had a six-point weekend to help St. Thomas sweep home games with Wis.-River Falls and Wis.-Superior. Panvica had two assists in Friday's 4-2 win over the Falcons before recording a goal and three assists in Saturday's 6-2 victory against the Yellowjackets. The junior forward has contributed nine points in the Toms' current three-game win streak. St. Thomas is 29-8-5 in games on his career when Panvica scored a point.