Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
Endicott's Michael Heidkamp was named the Commonwealth Coast Rookie of the Week. Now, he adds our Team of the Week to the list after a strong nonconference outing.
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, so any games played on deadline day (deadline for nominations is 8pm Monday) are incorporated into the following week's award cycle.
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 10pm each Saturday night 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.
Now that we've explained the process, let's get to it. Here is your D3hockey.com National Team of the Week:
Mike DeLaVergne, Buffalo State, Senior
Even in a 1-1 week, Mike DeLaVergne posted another sensational pair of outings in the Bengal net to continue a run where he has allowed a goal or less 10 of his last 11 starts. In Friday's 3-0 loss to Cortland, he stopped 29 of 30 shots to preserve a 1-0 score before heading to the bench for the extra attacker in the final 90 seconds. On Saturday, he rebounded from the loss with an even better performance, stopping 27 of 28 shots against No. 1 Oswego to hand the Lakers their first blemish of the season in a 5-1 Bengal win. DeLaVergne is now 8-2-1 this year.
Jimmy Burns, Castleton, Junior
Burns had a huge game against Plymouth St. on Saturday night, notching an assist on all three Spartan tallies in a 3-3 draw on the road. Burns' first assist tied the game at 1 in the second period, before his second assist put the Spartans up 2-1. After Plymouth St. tied the game in the third period, Burns again put his team in front by setting up Trevor Hanna before Castleton would ultimately settle on the tie.
Michael Heidkamp, Endicott, Freshman
Heidkamp, the CCC Rookie of the Week, dished out two assists including one on the game-winning goal as the Gulls pumped Salem State 6-0 on Saturday.
Jake Heisinger, Curry, Senior
Heisinger, the CCC Player of the Week, helped Curry earn a pair of non-conference wins against a pair of teams that are receiving votes in both the D3hockey.com and USCHO.com national polls. Heisinger scored the only goal of the game in the Colonels’ 1-0 overtime victory over Babson on Thursday (Dec. 8). Curry has not beaten Babson since the 2011-2012 season. He then added another tally and two helpers in a 7-4 win over Manhattanville on Saturday (Dec. 10). The Colonels head into the winter break owning a 7-3-1 overall record.
Garrett Clemment, UW-Eau Claire, Senior
In an unbeaten week for the Blugolds, Clemment did his share to extend Eau Claire's unbeaten streak to nine games and take a 9-1-3 record into the break. In Friday's 5-4 overtime win over Hamline, Clemment scored to put Eau Claire ahead 2-1 in the second period, a lead they would squander in regulation to the Pipers with the score 4-4 after 60 minutes. TJ Stuntz delivered the overtime game-winner for UWEC, and when he did, Clemment was on the ice to pick up the plus. Clemment then scored both Blugold goals in a 2-2 tie with Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday.
Mike Crowley, Cortland, Sophomore
Crowley recorded a six-point weekend as the Red Dragons (6-5-1, 4-3 SUNYAC) swept a pair of road conference games. In a 3-0 win at #10/#11 Buffalo St. on Friday, Crowley assisted on the game-winning goal at the 4:52 mark of the third period, then added a second assist on an insurance empty-net goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation. In an 8-4 victory at Fredonia, Crowley registered two goals and two assists, scoring the game-winning goal on the power play with four seconds remaining in the second period. Crowley leads the Red Dragons with 14 points on three goals and a team-best 11 assists.