Idaho Steelheads goaltender Tomas Sholl is getting his shot at the next level.
Sholl signed an American Hockey League contract with the Texas Stars, Idaho’s AHL affiliate, both teams announced on Tuesday. He was a mainstay in net for the Steelheads last season, his first full season with the team, posting a 26-12-1 record with a 2.25 goals-against average.
“As an organization, we’re extremely proud of Tomas Sholl,” Steelheads coach Neil Graham said in a release. “He is an example of what perseverance and dedication looks like in a professional hockey player. We couldn’t be happier to see him receive a contract at the AHL level, as it is well-earned. To have a player move up within our own affiliation is what the development model is all about.”
Sholl led the ECHL last season with a .928 save percentage, was named the the ECHL Western Conference All-Star team and earned both All-Rookie Team and All-ECHL Second Team honors. He was an invite to the Dallas Stars Development camp this offseason.
In 50 career games with the Steelheads, he owns a 35-12-3 record and a 2.02 goals-against average. He’s posted six shutouts for Idaho since being acquired via a trade from the Adirondack Thunder on Feb. 28, 2018.
HAWKS PICK UP SECOND STRAIGHT WIN VS. AQUASOX: The Boise Hawks saw their bats come alive late in the game and their bullpen put in seven innings without a hit, as Boise won its second straight game by beating the Everett AquaSox 7-2 on Tuesday at Memorial Stadium.
Trey Jacobs, Joe Aeilts and Bladimir Restituyo each had three hits, while Ezequiel Tovar and Zach Hall both homered in the eighth inning. Everett took a 2-0 lead on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning, but Boise responded with a two out rally in the bottom half of the inning. Aaron Schunk doubled to start the rally, then came home on a Jacobs single. Jacobs scored on a throwing error that allowed Aeilts to reach third base, and Aeilts scored on a Restituyo single, giving the Hawks a 3-2 lead.
Boise extended the lead with four more runs in the eight. Tovar led off the inning with his second home run of the season, then after back-to-back singles by Aeilts and Restituyo, Hall hit one over the right field wall for a three-run shot.
Jesse Stinnett earned the win on the mound, pitching 1 and 1/3 innings in relief, as Boise pitchers held the AquaSox without a hit after the second inning.
Game three of the four-game series is at 7:15 tonight at Memorial Stadium.