Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
A strong shutout streak at Stout, and excellent performances from the SUNYAC highlight our D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week. This week's edition encompasses the award week from Monday, November 12 to Sunday, November 18.
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:
Tommi Ahlgren, UW-Stout, Junior
Tommi Ahlgren has not allowed a goal in 122-minutes, 42-seconds, and posted back-to-back shutout road wins last weekend, a feat that has happened only twice before in Stout hockey history. Ahlgren recorded 32 saves in a 3-0 shutout win over Lawrence University, Nov. 16, then took a 4-0 shutout win over No. 7 Marian University, Nov. 17, where he recorded 27 saves. Over the last two games, Ahlgren was able to successfully turn away 10 power play opportunities. The Blue Devils are off to a 6-2-0 start, their best start since the 2007-08 season.The Blue Devils last posted back-to-back shutouts win, Jan. 29, 2011 with a 1-0 win at UW-Superior, and Feb. 3, 2011, a 2-0 win at UW-Eau Claire. The first time Stout put together back-to-back shutout wins was Jan. 29-30, 1999, with two home wins, 4-0, 5-0, over St. Scholastics. Over the last four games, Ahlgren has given up three goals for a GAA average of 0.75 with a saves percentage of .970. For the season, Ahlgren has a GAA of 1.52 (14th in NCAA DIII) with a saves percentage of .934 (17th nationally) and a win/loss record of 5-1-0 (19th).
Braeden Hellems, Adrian, Senior
Tied for the team lead among defensemen with eight shots on goal during Adrian's home-and-home sweep over Trine, 5-0 in Adrian and 7-5 in Angola, Ind. The Bulldogs stormed back from a 4-1 deficit with six goals in the third period. He one-timed a slap shot from above the circles that proved to be the game-winner with 4:28 to go, capping a run of four goals in 4:07 as Adrian went up 6-4 at the time. He also helped the Bulldogs on special teams as the power play went 7-for-15 (.467) and the penalty kill was 10-for-11 (.909).
Max Glashauser, Northland, Senior
Glashauser scored the game-tying extra attacker goal in the final minute of regulation for Northland in a 3-2 Lumberjack overtime win over UW-River Falls.
Joseph Molinaro, Oswego, Junior
Molinaro notched his first-career hat trick in Oswego's 4-1 defeat of Buffalo State on Saturday. Two of the Junior's goals came on the power play, while his final goal came on an empty net with 1:57 remaining in the final period.
Conlan Keenan, Geneseo, Junior
Keenan scored a team-high nine points over two victories against Morrisville last week. He was credited with a career-high six points on his third-career hat-trick and three assists in Friday's 9-0 win before adding a goal and two assists to Saturday's 7-1 decision. He enters the week first the nation with 19 points and tied for second with 12 assists.
Marcus Mollica, Williams, Senior
Mollica registered six points on five goals and an assist to lead the Ephs to a 2-0-0 start in conference play. He netted the game-winning goal in both Eph road victories. He scored the first two goals, including a short-handed tally, on the way to a hat trick in a 4-1 win over Bowdoin. His power-play goal with 11:05 left in the third period against Colby proved to be the difference in a 4-3 victory for the Ephs. It was one of two goals in the game for Mollica.