Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
TJ Roo's performance against the Blugolds makes the list, while a defenseman from Eau Claire also gets on for his performance against River Falls. A mind bending goaltending performance at Tufts also headlines. It's the 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.
|Eau Claire's Adam Parsells had a big night last week against WIAC rival UW-River Falls.
Photo: Ryan Coleman, d3photography.com
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:
Josh Sarlo, Tufts, Freshman
Sarlo’s 59-save performance backed Tufts’ 1-1 tie at Trinity on Friday night. The 59 saves are tied for the fourth-most by a Tufts goalie in team history, and is the most stops by a Jumbo goaltender since All-American Scott Barchard posted 60 saves against UNE in 2009-10. Sarlo made 28 saves in the second period, then 19 more in the third period.
Liam Darcy, UNE, Freshman
Darcy had six points on a goal and five assists while the Nor'easters averaged a goal against per game in a 3-0 week for nationally-ranked UNE. Darcy had an assist in their first meeting against Colby since their 2018 NCAA Tournament loss, a 4-1 win for UNE. He had three assists in the first of two games against Becker, then added a highlight reel goal and an assist the following day.
Adam Parsells, UW-Eau Claire, Sophomore
Parsells finished with a hat trick to lead the Blugolds to a 5-4 win over UW-River Falls on Jan. 16. UW-Eau Claire was down 2-0 to start the second period when Parsells scored his first goal on the power play. At the halfway mark of the third period, he would strike again after stepping down from the blue line and ripping the puck top shelf past a screen on UW-River Falls’ goalie. Parsells would complete the hat trick with under five minutes remaining after picking up a rebound out front and putting it once again, top shelf. This was Parsells’ first collegiate hat trick, while also collecting a career-high 10 shots on goal.
Alex Rezansoff, Finlandia, Sophomore
Rezansoff played a key role as Finlandia picked up a pair of victories on the weekend to leapfrog into a tie for third place in the standings. He earned NCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors after a four-point performance, coming through with a crucial goal and key assist in each win. On Friday, he helped get the Lions on the board with an assist after trailing early, 2-0. He then scored just 29 seconds into the second period to tie things up and send his team on its way to a 7-4 win. Saturday, he again helped cap a comeback after falling behind Northland College, 2-0. His assist made it a new game at 2-2 and his goal ended up the game-winner with just over three minutes to play in a 4-2 win
TJ Roo, UW-Stevens Point, Senior
Roo put up a goal and an assist in a massive western matchup as the No. 1 Pointers kept rolling and remained undefeated against No. 3 UW-Eau Claire with a 3-1 win. The senior scored the game-winning goal early in the second period as Point built a 3-0 lead by the end of the frame. Roo added another goal in a Saturday win over UW-River Falls.
Nick Devito, Morrisville, Junior
Devito led Morrisville to a 5-3 win over Potsdam Friday night, netting a combined five points behind three goals and two assists. He collected his first assist of the night in the first period on the power play to even the score at one after the first, before assisting a second power play score 6:54 into the third to cut the deficit to one (3-2). Just over two minutes later his power play score pulled the Mustangs even at three with the hosts, before adding two more for the third period hat trick as he lifted Morrisville State to the come-from-behind SUNYAC win.