NAHL Alumni Update
February 9, 2017
Former NAHL and Coulee Region Chill goalie Adam Carlson’s journey serves as inspiration to aspiring hockey players (read)
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Brady Tomlak, Air Force (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Brady Tomlak tied for the lead amongst Atlantic Hockey rookies with three points in a pair of wins at Bentley over the weekend. He had a goal and an assist in Friday's 6-1 victory, tying a career high for single-game points. Tomlak then added an assist in Saturday's win. He was also plus-3 for the series.
WCHA Offensive Player of the Week: Kyle Bauman, Bemidji State (Wichita Falls Wildcats)
Bauman helped Bemidji State to a sweep of second-place Michigan Tech, scoring a goal in both victories as the Beavers moved within three points of clinching their first-ever MacNaughton Cup. The junior from Apopka, Fla., capped Bemidji State's three-goal, third-period comeback in Friday's 4-2 win, posting his 10th goal of the season into an empty net at the 19-minute mark. He then needed just one minute to light the lamp in Saturday's series finale, scoring 60 seconds into the contest to jump-start the Beavers toward an eventual 3-0 triumph. Bauman's two scores came on just four shots, as he tied for the WCHA weekend goals lead. This is Bauman's first WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his third career honor, including a pair of Rookie of the Week accolades.
WCHA Defensive Player of the Week: Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan (Minot Minotauros/Minnesota Magicians)
Tolvanen continued his brilliant run in the Northern Michigan net, stopping all 75 shots he faced in leading the Wildcats to consecutive shutouts and a road sweep at Bowling Green. The only goaltender in the country to post two clean sheets last week, he ranked fourth nationally with his WCHA-high 75 saves. Tolvanen opened the weekend with a 35-save effort in NMU's 3-0 triumph, before making a season-high 40 stops – including several of the highlight reel variety – in the Wildcats' 2-0 victory Saturday. The sophomore from Vihti, Finland now has three-straight clean sheets (109 saves), in the process posting a NMU program-record 215:42 scoreless streak. Over a longer haul, Tolvanen has posted a .966 save percentage and 0.98 goals-against average during Northern Michigan's current 5-0-2 stretch, a seven-game unbeaten run that is tied for the second-longest active streak in the country. This is Tolvanen's second WCHA weekly award of the 2016-17 season and his sixth career honor (including three Rookie of the Week accolades).