Compiled by D3hockey.com Staff
The man who helped take the Green Knights from the unblemished ranks, two members of the 9-1 Beacons, plus players from Utica, Plattsburgh, and Marian make this week's D3hockey.com Men's Team of the Week!
Manhattanville's Eric Berglund factored into both goals as the Valiants tied St. Norbert, handing the Green Knights their first non-winning result of the season.
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:
Bailey MacBurnie, UMass Boston, Sophomore
MacBurnie was named the Bowdoin/Colby Classic Tournament MVP after stopping 61 of 62 shots in a pair of wins over the two host schools. The sophomore netminder opened the week by making 35 saves on 36 shots against Colby College, before posting a 26-save shutout against Bowdoin on Sunday. He ranks tied for first in the nation in wins and winning percentage (8-0-0) and sits in the top 10 in the country in save percentage (.950) and goals against average (1.25).
Dalton Carter, Utica, Senior
Carter posted a team-best five points in a 2-0 weekend for the Pioneers. He netted two goals and added two assists as UC rolled past Johnson & Wales 9-0 on Friday night at home. He also posted the first goal of the game in a 3-1 win over nationally-ranked Salve Regina on Saturday night. He went +5 for the weekend. His six goals this season lead all UCHC defenders. He is also tied for the team lead with 11 points.
Nick Albano, UMass Boston, Freshman
Albano recorded a team-high four assists over the weekend to help UMass Boston earn the Bowdoin/Colby Classic Title. The freshman defenseman recorded a pair of assists in both games, including posting an assist on the game-winning goal in Saturday's win over Colby. He finished +2 on the weekend and sits tied for second in Division III with his 13 points as a defenseman.
Eric Berglund, Manhattanville, Junior
Berglund played a role in both Valiant goals in Friday's 2-2 (OT) tie with consensus #1 St. Norbert. The junior scored the first goal of the game on the power play in the first period, and then recorded the only assist on the second goal of the game to give Manhattanville a 2-0 lead after two periods of play. The goal and assist accounted for the first lead taken by an SNC opponent all season.
Cam Owens, Plattsburgh, Junior
Owens' offensive production helped Plattsburgh State win its sixth PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut championship over the weekend, as the junior forward tallied two goals and four assists for six points to earn Tournament MVP honors. Owens scored a goal and added two assists on Friday, leading the charge in the Cardinals' 4-1 victory over defending NCAA Division III national champion and nationally-ranked No. 6/7 Norwich University. He followed that performance up with the same stat line on Saturday, scoring once and chipping in two assists in Plattsburgh State's 4-2 triumph over Lawrence University in the championship game. Owens leads the team in scoring (13 points) and ranks second in the SUNYAC in assists (11).
Derek Thorogood, Marian, Senior
Thorogood had a hand in all five Sabre goals over the weekend as he recorded a five-point weekend. In the opener against Saint John's (Minn.), Thorogood scored the opening goal and the game-tying goal along with an assist on the second MU goal. Then against Bethel, he scored on the power play to open the scoring, which proved to be the game-winner, and later assisted the second Marian goal.