Yellowstone goalie Allman makes college commitment
May 20, 2020
The Yellowstone Quake of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that Top Prospects goaltender Michael Allman has committed to play ACHA Division 1 hockey for Aquinas College.
Allman, 21, followed up a respectable 2018-19 rookie campaign with a second straight NA3HL Top Prospects appearance in 2019-20, serving as a key cog in the Quake's resurgence into the Frontier Division playoff picture.
"What I am most excited about playing for Aquinas is to able to play competitive hockey while getting a college degree. Aquinas was a good fit for me when it came to the size of the school and I felt welcome,” said Allman, who will study Business at Aquinas College.
The 5’9/170 lbs. 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.