Tomas Sholl was rewarded for his strong play at the Three Rivers Classic as he was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.
Bowling Green State University goaltender Tomas Sholl, who backstopped the Falcons to a victory in the third place game at the Three Rivers Classic tournament in Pittsburgh last Saturday, has been named the WCHA Men's Rookie of the Week for Dec. 31, 2013.
A 6-0, 175-pound freshman from Hermosa Beach, California, Sholl turned away 19 of 21 shots on goal, had two shutout periods and helped kill five of six opponent power-plays as Bowling Green forged a 3-2 victory over tourney host Robert Morris on Dec. 28 at CONSOL Energy Center.
With his team leading 1-0 after the first period, Sholl had 13 stops in the second period as the Falcons went up 2-0, then held the Colonials scoreless for most of the third to enable BGSU to go up 3-0 before surrendering a power-play goal at 13:35 and an extra-attacker tally at 19:36. He stopped the first 16 Robert Morris shots in the game.
On the season, Sholl is 3-7-0 overall with a 2.58 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage in 10 games. He is in the top 10 nationally with two shutouts on the season.
Michigan Tech's forward Alex Petan and goaltender Pheonix Copley was named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. Petan scord a key game-tying foal for the Huskies in a 2-2 (ot) tie vs Michigan State at Comerica Park in Detroit. Petan fired 10 shots on goal and earned a +1 on-ice rating while earning all-tourney honors. Meanwhile, Copley yielded just two even-strength goals in 127:01 of action. Copley posted five shutout periods, and finished the tournament with a .947 save percentage with 54 stops on 57 shots.
The Falcons will begin the new year on the road (Jan. 3-4), taking on the Chargers of Alabama-Huntsville at the Von Braun Center. Bowling Green holds a 8-3-1 record against UAH all-time, and is 3-2 against the Chargers on the road in five meetings away from the BGSU Ice Arena. The weekend series will be the final regular season matchup between the two teams.The puck is set to drop at 7:07 p.m. CT on both nights.