Opportunity Has Called For Tomas Sholl, And He's Answering In A Big Way

Tomas Sholl (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
As the cheers rained down from the stands at COOL Insuring Arena, Tomas Sholl skated out and threw some pucks into the crowd in appreciation of the fans who had come out to watch the Adirondack Thunder on rainy Sunday afternoon. A curtain call for a rookie goalie had just off a 39 save performance against the Wheeling Nailers and was named the 1st Star of the game. 

Sholl, who played very little during is collegiate career has finally been given his opportunity. An opportunity to play on a regular basis and help his team win. 

“It was always my goal (to play professional hockey), a part of me always thought I would. The opportunity I’ve had in professional hockey, including with the Thunder has been awesome. I’ve been given the chance to play which is all I can ask for. After that it’s up to me to take advantage of the opportunity.” Said Sholl of his young professional career. 

Sholl with Bowling Green (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Sholl attended Bowling Green University, where playing time was scarce. During his career at Bowling Green Sholl played in only 19 games, where he posted 7-8 record with a 2.92 goals against average and .890 save percentage.

“I got stuck in a tough situation for myself in terms of goaltending competition. My fellow Bowling Green goalies are some of my best friends but I had to compete with them for ice time and at the time they performed better than I did. I've been able to execute better with the opportunities I've gotten this year so far.”

While most college goalies come from Canada, New England, or the Mid-West that couldn’t be said for Sholl, who was a native of Hermosa Beach, California; a suburb of Los Angeles. Yet, he didn’t think it was a disadvantage. 

“California hockey has grown quite a lot more than most people realize so growing up i didn't really feel like I had a disadvantage. The most difficult thing for youth players in California is it is very expensive since a lot of travel is necessary. I wasn't recruited for college until I left for juniors. I was always a Kings fan since I grew up in Los Angeles. I loved every kings goalie when I was younger; guys like Jamie Storr (who is my goalie coach in the summer), Felix Potvin, and Cristobal Huet.” 

Sholl makes a save (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
However, Sholl’s biggest inspiration has been his Dad. 

“My was my original inspiration to play hockey as he himself was a goalie. He was my first goalie coach and has always been one of my two biggest fans (the other being my mom).”

Sholl has used all the support form his parents to establish a solid rookie season. In 28 games (more than his entire college career), this season he has a 19-3-4 record with a 2.40 goals against average and 0.922 save percentage in action with the Macon Mayhem (SPHL), Evansville Thunderbolts (SPHL), and Adirondack Thunder. 

“My goal every season is to give my team the best chance to win each game I play. My biggest goal is to reach the highest level of play I can succeed at which means working every year to climb the ranks.” 

Sholl with the Thunder (photo credit: Corey Mansfield)
Sholl has become a fan favorite in Glens Falls, NY with the Adirondack Thunder and the feeling is mutual. 

“My experience with the Thunder has been great so far. There is a great team culture and locker room environment here that has made it easy to feel welcomed. Getting opportunity to play in games makes it that much better.”

As the the Thunder prepare for the playoff the stretch run, the future looks bright if Tomas Sholl continues to to perform as he does. I’m sure Thunder fans will look forward to more curtain calls from their star goalie as the try and capture the Kelly Cup.

As we were getting ready to post this article we received word that Tomas Sholl had been traded to the Idaho Steelheads. Best of luck to Tomas! 

Update 3/24/2018

Since being traded to Idaho, Sholl as been filthy in goal posting, a 5-0-1 record with a 0.64 goals against average, and a .976 save percentage. He was named ECHL Goalie of the Week twice (in back-to-back weeks) and last night the Steelheads clinched a playoff berth with him in net. 

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