Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
We normally wait until the NESCAC has started, but we decided to get the D3hockey.com Team of the Week back up and running early! This is the D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week for Week 1 of the 2018-19 season for the award week running from Monday, October 19th, to Sunday, October 25th.
Cory Dunn was tough as nails in all zones as the Bulldogs topped Utica. Photo: Steve Frommell, d3photography.com
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 to help make their case to us. 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 in the same fashion. Generally, we operate on this premise... it's that good, we'll find you.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Marcus Gloss, Finlandia, Sophomore
The NCHA defensive player of the week was a rock between the pipes for the Lions in helping them earn their first season opening win since the 2011-12 season, and their first win ever over UW-River Falls. He turned away 29 of 30 shots in the win, which already ties the Lions' win total from a season ago. His night was highlighted by 11 saves in the second period while the Lions grabbed the lead.
Connor Swystun, Norwich, Sophomore
Swystun was the spark plug of the Cadets' rally to tie Endicott 3-3 at Bourque Arena on Saturday. Swystun finished the night with a goal and an assist, holding a direct interest in two of the three goals the Cadets scored to dig out of an 0-3 hole. With two goals on the board, Swystun's first career goal brought the Cadets back from the brink of defeat as his score at 8:54 of the third tied the score permanently. He finished the day with three shots on goal.
Cory Dunn, Adrian, Senior
Dunn is known nationwide as a power play dynamo, and the quarterback of Adrian's unit did not disappoint on Saturday as his goal and assist on the man advantage helped Adrian build a 3-0 lead before hanging on to win 3-2. Dunn was even for the weekend and upheld a high standard of play in all three zones. He was part of a group that held last season's No.2 scoring offense to just three goals
Dino Balsamo, Adrian, Junior
Balsamo led the then-No. 3 Bulldogs to a sweep of No. 6 Utica over the weekend on the road. He posted four points to lead all scorers in the NCHA on opening weekend while powering Adrian to wins by 3-2 and 3-1 scores. He had a goal and an assist on Friday, and followed that up with another goal and assist on Saturday.
Donald Flynn, Wilkes, Freshman
Flynn put together an effort worthy of the occasion as the Colonels played the opening weekend in their program's history. He piled up five points on two goals and three assists and had a +2 rating to help Wilkes to a 1-1 opening weekend at SUNY Canton. On Friday, Flynn put the Colonels up 1-0 just 3:41 into the inaugural game for the first goal in team history. He added an assist on the second goal of the game for a 2-0 lead. In the Colonels’ first-ever win Saturday, the freshman scored a goal to put the Colonels ahead 3-1 early in the second period and added two assists in the 7-5 victory at the Roos House Ice Arena. Flynn was also the Middle Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week and UCHC Rookie of the Week.
Michael Covach, Plymouth State, Senior
Covach led the Panthers with four points on opening weekend as the Panthers had a thunderous start to their season with a win. He had a hand in four of the team's five scoring plays with two goals and two assists as the Panthers blanked the Wildcats of Johnson and Wales, 5-0. He scored the game-winning goal at 16:37 of the first period.