EDINA, Minn. — Northern Michigan's Atte Tolvanen was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Month, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
Tolvanen was honored after leading the nation in shutouts (4) and saves (300) during the month of February. His efforts helped the Wildcats earn 15 league points and secure a WCHA tournament berth.
On Feb. 11, Tolvanen broke the WCHA men's record and tied the NCAA men's record by running his shutout streak to five games. Over that stretch, he blanked Alaska-Anchorage on Jan. 21 (4-0), Bowling Green on Feb. 3 (3-0) and 4 (2-0) and Alaska on Feb. 10 (3-0) and 11 (2-0).
Tolvanen's consecutive scoreless minutes streak ran from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17 and ended at 339:05, good for first in WCHA men's history and second in NCAA men's history. He made 220-consecutive saves during that streak.
Tolvanen made at least 30 saves in seven of his eight starts in February, topping out at a career-best 48 against Alaska on Feb. 11. He also made 40 at Bowling Green on Feb. 4 and 41 at Minnesota State on Feb. 18.
Tolvanen was in the national top 10 in save percentage (4th, .943) and wins (t-8th, 5).
Tolvanen and the Wildcats begin WCHA tournament play on Friday at Bemidji State.