NAHL Alumni Update
January 26, 2017
Former NAHL netminder Atte Tolvanen was named the WCHA Goalie of the Week.
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Dominik Florian, American International (Coulee Region Chill/Austin Bruins)
Freshman forward Dominik Florian scored three goals and an assist in a weekend sweep of Niagara. He had two goals in Friday's 7-3 win over the Purple Eagles, then, on Saturday, Florian added a goal and an assist to close out another Yellow Jacket victory. The three goals brought his season total to 10, making him the first freshman since Adam Pleskach (2009-10) to record double-digit goals in a rookie season.
Atlantic Hockey Goalie of the Week: Charles Williams, Canisius (Owatonna Express)
Williams was once again superb in net as Canisius swept a home-and-home series with RIT. He stopped 65-of-67 shots faced, with 45 saves coming in Friday's 3-1 victory. This was his sixth game with 40-plus saves and improved his record to 4-2-0 in those games. Williams then stopped 20-of-21 in Saturday's 6-1 win, with 19 of the saves coming in the final two periods.
WCHA Goalie of the Week: Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan (Minot Minotauros/Minnesota Magicians)
Tolvanen was excellent in net during Northern Michigan's sweep of visiting Alaska Anchorage, stopping 59-of-60 shots on the weekend. The sophomore from Vihti, Finland led the WCHA with a 0.50 goals-against average and .983 save percentage, while ranking second with his 59 stops. Among national goaltenders, Tolvanen's save mark was second (but tops among netminders with two games), while his GAA was third (second among goalies with two games). He opened the series with 25 stops in the Wildcats' 6-1, Friday night victory. Tolvanen then earned his second career shutout in Saturday's series finale, a 34-save effort in NMU's 4-0 triumph. He made 11 stops in the first period, 13 in the second and 10 in the third, helping the Wildcats to a four-goal win despite being outshot by a 34-30 margin. This is Tolvanen's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his fifth career honor (including three Rookie of the Week accolades).
A total of 11 NAHL alumni make up the 22-man roster for the USA Hockey Men’s National University Team that will compete in the 2017 Winter World University Games from Jan. 28-Feb. 8 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
“This is a very experienced group,” said Sean Hogan, head coach of the 2017 U.S. Men’s National University Team. “We’re excited to bring this team to Kazakhstan to represent our country this month at the Winter World University Games.”
The complete roster, which includes two goaltenders, seven defensemen and 13 forwards, is comprised of players that compete at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I level.
The NAHL alumni on the team include:
Matthew Rudin, F, Ohio University (Kenai River Brown Bears)
Tony Uglem, F, Iowa State University (Minnesota Magicians/Austin Bruins)
Sean Murphy, F, Arizona State University (Austin Bruins/Soo Eagles/Traverse City North Stars)
Taylor Herndon, F, University of Central Oklahoma (Wichita Falls Wildcats, Texas Tornado)
Michael Cummings, F, Arizona State University (Fairbanks Ice Dogs)
Tyler Groat, F, Michigan-Dearborn (Topeka RoadRunners/Michigan Warriors)
Matthew Anders, F, University of Colorado (Bismarck Bobcats/New Mexico Mustangs)
James McGing, F, University of Illinois (Coulee Region Chill/Brookings Blizzard/Springfield Jr. Blues)
Ryan Urso, D, Michigan-Dearborn (Jamestown Ironmen/Soo Eagles)
Alex Temby, D, University of Colorado (Texas Tornado/Fairbanks Ice Dogs/Janesville Jets)
Tyler Opilka, D, University of Illinois (Springfield Jr. Blues/Minnesota Magicians)
Joe Olen, G, University of Illinois (Chicago Hitmen)
Team USA opens the tournament against Canada on Monday, Jan. 30, at 2:30 a.m. ET.