Onalaska, WISCONSIN Virtually out of the blue this past month came 19-year-old Coulee Region goaltender Adam Carlson.
When the Chill deciding their goalies for the season, the only sure thing was returner Blake Cates.
Then came Carlson, who made the team through a successful main camp and then the native of Edina, Minnesota was thrust into the spotlight at the NAHL Showcase.
Carlson (6'3/175) responded with the calmness of a veteran during the month as in 153 minutes of play and four games, he allowed just three goals.
He ended up leading the NAHL during the month in goals against average (1.18) and save percentage (95.6%).
Carlson, who spent last season playing Tier III juniors between the NA3HL and the MNJHL, won his NAHL debut in a 3-2 win over Corpus Christi and followed it up with a 4-1 win over Janesville last weekend.
It is quite a leap for a goaltender who didn't even start on his high school team in Minnesota, but who has developed quickly in his time spent in the NAHL.
"Adam is quite the story so far and is following a similar path to those recent NAHL goaltenders who have had success in the league, who may have flown under the radar up until this point," said Chill head coach AJ Degenhardt. "He is a big kid who can move well and has great agility. He is fundamentally sound and I think his underdog-type story is something that motivates him on a daily basis."
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