Six months ago, you would have thought this was a bad April Fool’s Day joke. But it’s for real: Aaron Dell is the national goalie of the year, according to Inside College Hockey.
The site started announcing its awards early Friday morning and it honored the UND sophomore goalie who leads the nation in wins (30), goals-against average (1.81) and shutouts (six). Dell only played five games as a freshman and was expected to be the backup to two-time all-conference goalie Brad Eidsness this season.
But Dell grabbed the starting job and ran with it. He was named first-team all-WCHA and won MVP honors at the Midwest Regional last weekend in Green Bay. He allowed just one goal in 120 minutes of play.