Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
A new year means a new D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week! This edition was evaluated including all games during the winter break period from December 10th until January 1st.
Adam Petric took it to the Adrian Bulldogs to help the Roos score arguably the biggest win in their history.
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:
Michael Cerasuolo, Canton, Junior
Cerasuolo had a monster outing in goal stopping a career-high 47 shots in a win over Adrian, including an incredible 21 shots in the second period where the Roos outscored No. 3 Adrian 3-1. He had at least 10 saves in every period stopping 10 in the first and 16 more in the final period to stave off a Bulldog comeback bid. Cerasuolo's previous career high of 44 saves came in a 4-3 Roos win at No. 8 Plattsburgh State to open the 2017-18 season on October 28, 2017. The Roos have now beaten a pair of top 15 nationally-ranked opponents in the month of December.
Josh Hinderliter, Trine, Sophomore
Hinderliter supplied an assist on all three goals for the Thunder as they topped SUNY Canton on December 29th by a 3-0 score.
Julien Denicourt, Hobart, Junior
Denicourt served up a pair of assists against the nationally-ranked University of New England Nor'easters to help the Statesmen prevail in a Top 15 matchup this past weekend in the semifinals of the Middlebury tournament. The Statesmen went on to win the tournament title with a victory over Middlebury the following day.
Adam Petric, Canton, Freshman
Petric posted his first collegiate hat trick in a 6-4 win at No. 3 nationally-ranked Adrian College on Sunday. Entering the game with two goals on the season, the rookie gave the Roos a 2-1 lead at 2:28 of the second period. He extended the Canton lead to 5-3 on a crucial insurance goal at 2:12 of the third period and iced the game and the Roos top win v. a ranked opponent in school history with an empty netter with five seconds remaining. The Roos have now beaten a pair of top 15 nationally-ranked opponents in the month of December.
Conner Blanck, Marian, Junior
Blanck had a big game to lead Marian past nationally-ranked St. Scholastica in the Superior Showdown opener. Blanck had a hand in three of the four Marian goals with three assists as the Sabres won 4-3. He now leads the team with seven assists on the season.
Marcus Mollica, Williams, Senior
Mollica had a tremendous weekend as the Ephs met Oswego for a twinbill this weekend in Oswego. On Saturday, December 29th, Mollica recorded the game-winner just 40 seconds into overtime to hoist the Ephs to a 2-1 win on the road. In a Sunday loss, he added another goal and an assist to pace Williams as they were dealt a 6-3 defeat.