Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
As teams jockey for playoff position, we bring you the best performances that help squads around the country deliver the goods. It's our second to last Team of the Week of the 2017-18 regular season!
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... 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:
Karoline Arvik, Morrisville, Freshman
Arvik led Morrisville State to a 2-0 weekend sweep of Endicott with her outstanding effort in net across nearly 120 minutes of action. She began the weekend with a 43 save effort Friday night, allowing one goal, 18 of her saves came in the opening period before she added another 15 in the second for the .977 save percent effort. Arvik followed that performance with a 39 save outing between the pipes to collect the shut out victory, turning away 18 in the second period and another 10 in the third. Her efforts helped secure the top spot in the Colonial Hockey Conference standings for the Mustangs. In all, the freshman finished with a 0.50 goals against average, while collecting 82 total stops for a .988 save percentage in net.
Rebecca Begley, William Smith, Senior
Begley had three points (1g, 2a) and was a team-best +6 in a 2-0-0 weekend for the Herons. She had two assists on Saturday and a goal on Sunday. Through 24 games she is second in the conference in defenseman scoring with six goals and 13 assists for 19 points.
Holly Turnbull, UW-Eau Claire, Junior
Turnbull netted the game-tying score in the third period to help UW-Eau Claire tie nationally ranked UW-River Falls and move into a tie for second in the WIAC standings with one game left to play.
Ally Fox, Marian, Sophomore
Fox scored three goals to lead Marian to a sweep of Northland as the Sabres moved into the final playoff spot for the NCHA Slaats Cup heading into the final weekend. Fox netted a pair of power play goals in the finale with one of her tallies serving as the game-winner.
Nicole McKernan, Aurora, Freshman
McKernan picked up her first collegiate hat trick in exciting fashion as Aurora stayed alive in the NCHA playoff picture with a 3-2 overtime win against Concordia Wisconsin. The only game for AU on the week, McKernan had all three AU goals including the game-winner with 27 seconds to play in overtime.
Courtney Moriarty, Plattsburgh, Junior
Moriarty tied the NCAA Division III single-season record in game-winning goals over the weekend (11), netting two game-winners in a NEWHL sweep of Potsdam. She scored two goals on Saturday in a 4-0 victory before finding the back of the net 18 seconds into the game on Sunday in a 5-0 win. For the season, Moriarty ranks among the Division III leaders in power-play goals (tied for second, 8), goals per game (fifth, 0.96) and points per game (tied for 11th, 1.52).