BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads returned home Sunday from a three-game east coast road trip, playing Atlanta to a 4-2 loss on Wednesday, and sweeping South Carolina in back-to-back games on Friday (3-0) and Saturday (1-0). The two games against the Stingrays were backstopped by none other than Tomas Sholl, who remains undefeated in regulation (8-0-2) for both Adirondack and Idaho in this his rookie season.
Sholl took a moment after practice Monday morning to elaborate on how his play has been this season, his transition from the SPHL to the ECHL, and his pleasant transition jumping from Glens Falls and Boise.
The Sin Bin: You’ve had an eventful March — traded to Idaho on the 1st, seeing action against Allen and Kansas City before earning Goalie of the Week honors for March 5th through 11th, and shutting out South Carolina twice on the 15th and 16th. How do you feel with Idaho so far?
Tomas Sholl: It feels really good. Of course, any time you have success, it feels pretty good personally…but also as a team, it’s a good thing we’re winning games. We’re kind of getting into that playoff push, so — doubly good.
TSB: This is your rookie season. Playing in the SPHL with both Macon and Evansville for 20 games total before shipping off to Glens Falls, NY and then Boise, how does it feel to be bounced around between leagues and between cities?
Sholl: It can be a little bit shocking…not shocking, but it happens pretty quickly and you kind of have to uproot your whole life. Things happen quick, and you have to adjust. The two places I’ve been — Adirondack and here in Idaho — the guys have been really welcoming, so it makes the transition easy when you can come in and guys are friendly.
TSB: You grew up in Hermosa Beach. California isn’t a huge hockey hotbed, so what got you interested in the game when you were younger?
Sholl: My dad played goalie, my grandpa played goalie…they’re from the east coast, New York. My dad actually ran an ice rink back in California, so I had tons of ice time. It was a pretty easy decision for me growing up.
TSB: With these last eight games against Rapid City and Utah at home, then Tulsa and Allen on the road, are there any, in particular, you’re looking forward to?
Sholl: I try not to look too far into the future…my preparation is to take it game-by-game. The most important game is the next one; that’s how I like to look at it.
The Steelheads will take on Rapid City in a three-game home series on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights at CenturyLink Arena. Idaho is currently second in the Mountain Division with 81 points, just nine back from first-place Colorado (90) and eight ahead of third-place Wichita (73) with eight games remaining in regular season play.