MARQUETTE, Mich.—Northern Michigan University men's ice hockey (7-9-0, 6-3-0-0 WCHA) made history in the Berry Events Center Friday night with a 5-3 victory over No. 20 Michigan Technological University (8-6-1, 7-1-1-1 WCHA) in front of a sellout crowd.
Senior goaltender Atte Tolvanen (Vihti, Finland) became the first Wildcat goaltender in history to score a goal. After MTU elected to pull their goaltender, trailing 4-2, Tolvanen corralled the puck and sent it down the length of the ice into the Huskie net with 1:07 remaining in the contest. Tolvanen also picked up his seventh win of the season between the pipes after making 23 saves.
Here it is. The video you've all been waiting for. The first goalie goal in program history and 11th in NCAA history by @NMUHockey Atte Tolvanen! @espn @SportsCenter @ESPNAssignDesk #SCtop10 #NMUwildcats #ShareNMU pic.twitter.com/QCX60MAUZI
— NMU Athletics (@NMU_Wildcats)
The goal marked just the second time in Western Collegiate Hockey Association history that a goaltender has scored a goal with the first coming in January of 1989. It was also just the 11th time in NCAA history that a goaltender has found the back of the net. To make the goal even more impressive, it was just the fourth time that a goaltender has ever scored off their own shot.
For the season, Tolvanen owns a .918 save percentage and 2.33 goals against average. The WCHA Goaltender of the Month for November now has 412 saves on the season which are currently third most in the NCAA this season. He is within reach of five career goaltender records including shutouts and saves. Tolvanen's next shutout will tie the program record with 12 while he needs 490 saves to break the school record.
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