Former Los Angeles Jr. King Tomas Sholl was named the ECHL Goaltender of the Month for February, marking the third time in his career and second time this season he’s earned the monthly honor.
The 25-year-old Idaho Steelheads netminder capped off an impeccable month of February on a four-game win streak, boasting a 7-1-0 record to compliment a 1.74 goals-against average and .939 save percentage with one shutout. Sholl held opponents to two goals or less in six of his eight appearances while making at least 25 saves seven times.
Under contract with the American Hockey League’s Texas Stars, Sholl was named ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the fourth time this season on Feb. 10 thanks to a pair of wins with one goal allowed against the Utah Grizzlies. He became the Steelheads all-time leader in career shutouts on Feb. 7 and is also now one of just three Steelheads goaltenders with over 60 career wins in both the ECHL and West Coast Hockey League eras.
Through 39 games this season, Sholl owns a 26-8-5 record to go along with a 2.23 goals-against average and .921 save percentage with four shutouts. He leads the ECHL in wins and minutes played (2,345) while sitting second in shutouts, third in goals-against average and fourth in saves.
This is Sholl’s second monthly honor and third of his career, last earning the Goaltender of the Month award in October of 2019 when he went 5-0-2 with a 1.67 goals-against average and .939 save percentage, as well as two weekly awards to kick off the season. His first monthly honor came after posting a 8-0-1 record with a 0.87 goals-against average and .965 save percentage with four shutouts in March of 2018 during his first full month with the team. He has also earned seven weekly honors, which is third-most in ECHL history.
Sholl, who last season earned a spot in the ECHL All-Star Classic while being named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and All-ECHL Second Team, has appeared in 97 career ECHL games with Idaho and the Adirondack Thunder posting an overall record of 66-20-9 (11 shutouts) to go along with a 2.10 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.
He also has spent time in the Southern Professional Hockey League with Macon Mayhem and Evansville Thunderbolts where he went 14-3-3 with one shutout, a 2.53 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.
Prior to turning pro, Sholl saw action in 19 games over three seasons at Bowling Green State University going 7-10-0 with two shutouts, a 2.93 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.