INCH Names Dell National Goalie Of The Year

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.

For the full story and comments from INCH, go here.

22 Responses

  1. Trickey7

    Well deserved. He has gotten better as the season has progressed. Obviously watching most games puts a bit of a skew on it for Sioux fans, but he has made a ton of great saves during this winning streak despite the great defense in front of him. Great honor for Dell.

  2. SoDak Fan

    I can only think that having Goehring as the goalie coach has been a big part of this. Thanks to Karl for all of his time and effort. Great job by Dell to be able to soak up all the knowledge that is being passed on to him.

  3. Stuart Scott

    Every time I watch Dell all that comes to mind is Stuart Scott’s famous catch phrase to describe his demeanor on the ice:

    “Aaron Dell is as cool as the other side of the pillow.”

  4. KB

    Congrats Aaron! Also, you might want to link to the USCHO article today about Dell and Goehring coaching. Very good article.

  5. KB

    I still remember not too long ago on this site people talking about average goaltending. NOW can we admit Dell is far above an average goaltender…please

  6. KB-1

    This is weird, there’s 2 KB’s on here! I made the first post, not the second. I shall now be known as KB-1!

  7. Sioux in Hutch

    Is there any talk of Eids leaving after the year? I cannot imagine he will want to sit around and watch Dell play next year too since he is a drafted goaltender and all. He is probably the second or third best goalie in the WCHA. Unfortunately for him, he is the second best goalie on his team.

    1. JS

      Via article:

      Eidsness, who’s been on the WCHA all-academic team for all three years at UND, will graduate with his bachelor’s degree this spring. He’s already enrolled in the university’s master’s program in business administration.

      “I’ve loved being a part of this program,” Eidsness said. “It’s something I’ve taken a lot of pride in and it’s been a lot of fun. I’d like to continue that here for a little bit longer.”

      Obviously things can change over the next few months, but for now it sounds like he plans to stay.

      1. Maple Grove Sioux

        Good for Brad. He probably has a decent minor league career ahead of him but it’s tough to make a go of it in the NHL ranks as a goalie. Sticking around for his senior year and getting his master’s degree will prepare him well for whatever his post-hockey future holds.

    2. Jimmy

      Nice job Dell. Stood on your head all year.

      Eids 2nd or 3rd in the WCHA??? Are you kidding, have you watched any team besides the sioux?

  8. northdasotan

    Dell is so magnetic he can’t carry a credit card. He is so cool when he jumps in the ocean the dolphins swim with him. I heard Karl told Dell to figure out the things your not good at and don’t do them. Congrats to Dell, well deserved. It’s funny how his simple game is so electric for the fans. Go Sioux.

  9. Viking1

    Congrats to Mr. Dell for an honor well-deserved. As for the commentary re: Mr. Eidsness he cetainly seems to have his priorities straight, and is living proof that goaltenders are only viewed as highly as their last game (right or wrong). Given that his last game was a waxing of Michigan Tech, he should be getting more props than he is at the moment (enormous talent & track record aside)……:-)

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