Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
It's a good week to be in the MIAC as three of the six players come from that league this week, plus others from national powers Plattsburgh and Elmira. Enjoy it while it lasts, because the end of the regular season is upon us. It's the 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.
|The view at St. Thomas has been most certainly a good one recently as the Tommies continue to roll towards the MIAC playoffs. 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. 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:
Mackenzie Torpy, St. Thomas, Senior
Senior Kenzie Torpy won three games last week for the unbeaten Tommies, allowing five goals in three games, including a 5-4 road win over No. 4-ranked UW-River Falls. She broke the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record for career goaltending wins now at 65 (Gustavus' Danielle Justice won 63 from 2008-2012).
Hannah Kiraly, Plattsburgh, Junior
Kiraly notched three points on a goal and two assists while earning a +3 rating in a NEWHL weekend sweep of SUNY Potsdam that stretched the Cardinals' winning streak to nine. She registered an assist in a 7-0 win over the Bears on Friday night before scoring a power-play goal and adding an assist in a 4-0 victory over Potsdam on Saturday. For the season, Kiraly ranks 12th in NCAA Division III in points per game among defensemen (0.77), as she has 17 points on three goals and 14 assists.
Meg Lahey, Elmira, Senior
Lahey was tied for first on the team with five points and four assists in a two-game series sweep of Utica...Tied season highs for points (3) and assists (3) during Friday's 5-2 road win, while finishing with a +3 rating...One of those three assists was the primary on the game-winning power-play goal...Added two points (1g-1a) during Saturday's 6-1 win and skated with a +2 rating...Dished out her team-leading 24th assist, before scoring her third goal of the year on the power play in the final period.
Maddy Jerolman, Elmira, Senior
Had multiple points in both games over the weekend, as Elmira swept Utica and clinched the UCHC regular-season title. Scored twice in Friday's 5-2 win, and added two helpers in Saturday's 6-1 win...Needed only 1:40 to light up the scoreboard with EC's first goal on the road on Friday afternoon...Opened a four-goal run for the Soaring Eagles with her second of the game, tying the score at 2-2 midway through the second period...Earned assists on the first two EC goals on Saturday, the first of which was on the power play and the latter which went down as the game winner...Her first assist was the 100th point of her collegiate career, the 15th player in program history to reach the 100-point club...Ranks in the top 15 nationally in points per game (1.35) and assists per game (0.74).
Rachel Werdin, St. Thomas, Junior
Rachel Werdin continued her offensive surge with five goals in three games last week to keep the No. 1-ranked Tommies unbeaten. She scored her first college hat trick in Wednesday's 5-4 road win at No. 4-ranked UW-River Falls. Saturday with the Toms trailing 1-0 through two periods, she scored two third-period goals to lift St. Thomas to a 2-1 victory. The Tommies (21-0-2 overall, 14-0-2 MIAC) have a 36-game unbeaten streak. Werdin has 12 goals and three assists over her last 12 games.
Kalli McCullen, St. Olaf, Senior
McCullen scored her first-career hat trick on her Senior Day in a 4-4 tie against Bethel on Saturday afternoon. The senior scored her team's final three goals of the game, tying the score at 2-2 in the first, evening the game at 3-3 midway through the second and giving the Oles their lone lead of the game past the midpoint of the third. The hat trick was the first for St. Olaf in exactly one year.