Former Los Angeles Jr. King Tomas Sholl was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for October, marking the second time in his career he’s earned the monthly honor.
A member of the Idaho Steelheads, Sholl, 25, played five games in the opening month of the 2019-20 season, posting a 3-0-2 record to compliment a 1.94 goals-against average and .934 save percentage.
Under contract with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars, Sholl kept opponents to two goals or less in four of his first five games played while stretching his unbeaten streak in regulation from the previous regular season. He was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Week during each of the first two weeks of the season, marking the second time in his career he’s earned back-to-back honors.
With the addition of two games last weekend, the 6-foot, 180-pounder owns a 5-0-2 record to go along with a 1.67 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. Currently, he leads the ECHL in minutes played (431), shares the league lead in wins, sits second in goals-against average, shares third in save percentage and sits fifth in saves (185) while tallying his first shutout of the season on Sunday.
This is Sholl’s second career monthly honor, last earning the award in March of 2018 when he forged a 8-0-1 record, including four shutouts, through nine games to compliment a 0.87 goals-against average and .965 save percentage. He’s also earned four weekly honors during his ECHL career.
In 65 career ECHL games between the Steelheads and Adirondack Thunder, Sholl owns a 45-12-6 record to go along with a 1.98 goals-against average and .935 save percentage. Last season, he was named to the ECHL All-Star Classic and the ECHL All-Rookie Team while earning Second Team All-ECHL honors.
Sholl ranks second all-time in Steelheads career goals-against average (2.00), save percentage (.934) and shutouts (8) while sharing the fourth-most wins (40).
Prior to his professional career, he played 19 games over three seasons with Bowling Green State University, owning a 7-10-0 record (one shutout), a 2.53 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.