50 Players, 50 Days: Michael Allman
May 6, 2020
During the current and unforeseen cancelation of the 2019-20 season, the players in the NA3HL saw their seasons cut prematurely short. In some cases, players saw their junior hockey careers come to an end as well. However, the NA3HL got together a decided to highlight some of those players, who were born in 1999 and were in their final season of playing junior hockey.
As a result, we present a new series entitled: 50 players, 50 days
50 players in 50 days will select 50 players from each of the 34 NAHL teams this past season that were born in 1999, who are currently uncommitted, and deserve some recognition during their time spent playing and developing in the NA3HL. Over the course of the next 50 days, we will take time out to look at their accomplishments, review their season, and provide some background on their NA3HL careers. Players will be initially highlighted in alphabetical order by team. Enjoy!
Michael Allman, Goaltender, Yellowstone Quake
Yellowstone netminder Michael Allman, 21, followed up a respectable 2018-19 rookie campaign with a second straight Top Prospects appearance in 2019-20, serving as a key cog in the Quake's resurgence into the Frontier Division playoff picture.
Allman, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound native of Oslo, Norway, joined the Quake in a tough year, as the team went 5-40-2-0 to finish last in the Frontier Division in 2018-19. Allman still managed a .900 save percentage, though, and laid the groundwork for a strong sophomore season after an impressive run at the 2019 Top Prospects event. There, he posted a .923 save percentage and a 3.13 GAA, stopping 60 of 65 total shots in three games.
The 2019-20 season saw more consistency from Allman in net, much to the benefit of the Quake, as the team jumped from last to fourth in the Frontier. Allman's .925 save percentage and 3.66 GAA in year two -- a marked improvement from what was already a decent first year for the Norwegian -- helped his side to 14 more wins and a pair of playoff wins, during which he stopped 101 of 105 shots. Allman's stout puck-stopping this season earned him a couple of league awards, as he was named to the All-Frontier Division Team and took home Frontier Division Goalie of the Year.
Allman's days with the Quake were his first with a North American team, as he made the jump from playing in Norway's youth hockey circuits. Allman played 44 games while bouncing between the U18 and U20 divisions of the Vålerenga team from 2013-17, then joined Manglerud U20 for his final Norwegian campaign in 2017-18.