BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—Northern Michigan University Men's Ice Hockey senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Goaltender of the Month for November the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Tolvanen guided the Wildcats to a 4-5-0 record with seven of their nine contests being against ranked opponents. The month began with a series split against then No. 9/10 Bowling Green State University where Tolvanen shutout the Falcons. Later in the month, he helped NMU to a series sweep over the University of Alaska Anchorage which included his third shutout of the season. A week later, Tolvanen picked up another win over a ranked opponent on the road at then No. 20 Lake Superior State University.
During the month of November, Tolvanen record a WCHA best 227 saves and played more games than any other league goaltender. Over his nine games, he recorded a .930 save percentage and a 1.91 goals against average, both of which were third-best in the conference. His efforts also earned him player of the week honors after the BGSU series.
His 389 saves this season are third-most in the NCAA this season, while his goals save percentage and goals against average sit at .920 and 2.28. Already ranked in the top-five in five of six career goaltender records at NMU, Tolvanen now has his eyes set on some of the top spots in Wildcat history. He is within reach of five of the six career goaltender records including games played, shutouts, and saves. With one more shutout, Tolvanen will tie the NMU career record for shutouts with 12 and needs 512 saves to tie the career saves record.
After a weekend off, the Wildcats return to action this weekend with a home-and-home series against arch rival No. 20 Michigan Technological University (8-5-1, 7-0-1-1 WCHA). On Friday, NMU will host the Huskies at the in the Berry Events Center at 7 p.m. There will be a "Teddy Bear Toss" during the first intermission with the toys being donated around the community. The series will wrap-up on Saturday in Houghton at 7:07 p.m.