Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The nation's new Goals Against Average leader grabs top billing, alongside others turning in critical conference and late nonconference performances as we approach season's end.
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. That's generally it. 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:
David Richer, Oswego, Sophomore
Richer was spectacular in the net in the Lakers' two wins over the weekend, only allowing one goal at Buffalo State and recording a shutout at Fredonia. On Friday, Richer recorded 14 saves in the win, playing all 60 minutes in the net. The sophomore followed up with a dominant performance on Saturday, recording a career-high 36 saves against the Blue Devils. With the shutout, Richer's goals against average drops to a minuscule 1.49, earning him the top spot in the nation. Richer is also third in the country with a save percentage of 0.938.
Logan Day, Endicott, Junior
Day turned in a pair of strong performances in aiding the Gull cause during a pair of CCC wins over Suffolk this weekend. He had a goal and an assist in Friday's 7-3 win, and scored a shorthanded goal while assisting two other special teams tallies in Saturday's 6-1 win.
Mitch Ferguson, Geneseo, Junior
Ferguson posted two goals and two assists in a weekend sweep of Canton, helping the Knights to a final 7-2 record in non-conference play.
Brett Gravelle, St. Thomas, Sophomore
Gravelle had a pair of two-goal games to lead the Tommies' 4-0, 6-4 sweep of St. Olaf that lifted them into first place. The Toms have won their last nine games when Gravelle has scored a goal. He has eight goals and two assists in UST's current seven-game unbeaten streak.
Bobby Hall, Babson, Senior
Hall produced two goals and two assists for four points as the Beavers extended their road-unbeaten streak to four games over the weekend. He had a second period assistant and notched the game-tying goal to help Babson rally for a 3-3 overtime tie at No. 12/11 Hobart on Friday night. Hall then recorded a goal and an assist for the second game in a row as the Green and White edged Skidmore in overtime, 3-2, on Saturday.
Tanner Karty, UW-Stevens Point, Junior
Karty aided the second-ranked Pointers to a sweep over WIAC opponents with a six-point weekend. On Friday night, Karty racked up three points in the first period by assisting on the games opening two goals before burying a power-play goal to give the Pointers a 3-0 lead early in their 5-2 victory over UW-Stout. The following evening, Karty grabbed an assist on the Pointers first goal of the game to kick start the Pointers offense yet again. Just minutes later, Karty scored his first goal of the night to give the Pointers a 2-1 lead. Karty capped his scoring with an empty-net goal with one-second remaining in regulation to secure the Pointers 4-2 victory over UW-Superior. For his efforts, Karty (17-22-39) sits third in the country averaging 1.70 points per game.