Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The MASCAC collects its first honoree of the season, the Green Knights pass tests against CUW and MSOE, other key early wins in the NCHA, and a pair of strong blue line performances from the East. It's all here in our Week 2 Men's Team of the Week!
Worcester State's Michael Moran was a force last week for the Lancers as they won both of their games, including the MASCAC opener against Plymouth State.
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 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:
Louis-Philippe De Courcy, Lake Forest, Junior
De Courcy earned his first career shutout on Saturday in Lake Forest's crucial 1-0 triumph at the College of St. Scholastica. He stopped all 35 of the Saints' shots on goal in the contest, including 15 in the final period, to help the Foresters even their overall (2-2-0) and NCHA (1-1-0) records on the year.
Day guided Endicott to a 2-0-0 week overall and a 2-0-0 mark in league play with five points, which included two goals and three assists. One of Day's goals served as a game-winner, while the junior defenseman also blocked two shots and finished the week with a plus-four rating.
Ryan Jackson, Manhattanville, Sophomore
Jackson scored a pair of goals from the blue line to lead Manhattanville to a 5-3 win over Elmira on Friday night. The sophomore gave the Valiants a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period with his first of the night, and then evened the score at 3-3 less than eight minutes into the second period to start a string of three unanswered goals for the visitors. The win ultimately helped the Valiants net votes in this weeks D3hockey.com poll as they remained undefeated to start the year.
Mike Moran, Worcester State, Senior
Moran tallied four goals in a 2-0 week for the Lancers. Scored the game-tying goal in the 3-2 win over conference power Plymouth State, and netted a hat-trick, scoring all three goals in the third period for the 4-3 victory over Franklin Pierce University. He is the MASCAC Player of the Week.
Tanner Froese, St. Norbert, Senior
Froese never blinked in the face of stern opening weekend tests, with a performance good enough to be named the NCHA Offensive Player of the Week. In the team's opener against then-No. 15 Concordia-Wisconsin, he assisted twice to help the Green Knights put the Falcons away by a 6-2 score. On Saturday, he added another two assists and scored the game-winner to send previously unbeaten MSOE to its first loss of the season.
Austin Rust, Adrian, Senior
Rust led No. 1 Adrian to a pair of NCHA wins on the road--5-1 at Lawrence and 5-0 at Marian with three goals. He also had a plus-2 rating and four shots on goal. In the win over Marian, he had a career-best two goals. With a team-leading three goals on the season so far, he has almost exceeded his total of four goals from last season, where he played 20 games for the Bulldogs.