Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff --
Players from six different teams and six different conferences headline a very widespread d3hockey.com team of the week!
Amanda Dinella was a wall in keeping Gustavus in the mix in their NCAA tournament rematch against Eau Claire. Photo: Ryan Coleman, 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. 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:
Amanda DiNella, Gustavus Adolphus, Senior
Amanda DiNella eclipsed 50-plus saves for the second time in her career with a 51-stop performance against No. 9-ranked Wis.-Eau Claire on Saturday. The Gusties were outshot 53-21 on the night and DiNella logged a save percentage of .962 on the night to help Gustavus tie the Blugolds, 2-2.
It was an awesome weekend for Pellowitz, who posted a total of seven points and finished with +2 as Manhattanville won and tied with UCHC rival Stevenson on the road on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The junior defender began with a career-best six points against the Mustangs in the 6-2 win Friday, scoring a goal and assisting on five others. Then, on Saturday in the 3-3 tie, Pellowitz added another helper to finish the weekend with seven points.
Hanna Rose, Plattsburgh, Freshman
Rose made her collegiate debut with three points (1g, 2a) in a weekend sweep of SUNY Cortland to open the Cardinals' regular-season and NEWHL schedule. She had an assist in a 5-0 win over Cortland on Friday before scoring her first collegiate goal and adding an assist in a 7-0 victory over the Red Dragons on Saturday. Among NCAA Division III leaders, she is tied for seventh in points per game among freshmen (1.50) and eighth in points per game among defensemen.
Amanda Conway, Norwich, Junior
Conway continued her blistering scoring pace to start the season with four goals and an assist for five points in two NEHC victories over New England College and Plymouth State on Friday and Saturday. Conway scored twice in each game and then had another assist in the Plymouth State game to lead the Cadets to four points. She scored the game-winning goal with 3:02 left in the Plymouth State game to break a 2-2 tie. Conway has six goals and an assist for seven points in three games.
Callie Hoff, UW-River Falls, Sophomore
Hoff collected four goals during the week as the Falcons swept Concordia-Moorhead. In a 7-2 win on Nov. 2, Hoff has two goals in the third period. Her first was a power play and she followed it up with an unassisted goal in the final four minutes. On Nov. 3, she scored the first two goals of the game. At the halfway mark in the first period, she scored the first goal of the night a shorthanded goal. In the second period, Hoff recorded the eventual game-winning goal.
Alexia Klaas, St. Scholastica, Senior
Klaas is the NCHA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career after playing a key role in a weekend sweep of Marian University. In the two games against the Sabres, Klaas recorded three points to help lead the way. On Friday, she assisted the second goal before adding an insurance marker late in the contest. Saturday, she followed that by assisting the game-winner in overtime to help the Saints to the thrilling 1-0 victory