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Tolvanen's goalie brother scores for Northern Michigan

Sibling of Predators forward became 11th netminder in NCAA history credited with goal

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Look out Eeli Tolvanen, Atte Tolvanen can score goals too.

The Northern Michigan University goalie, and brother of the Nashville Predators forward, became the 11th netminder in NCAA hockey history to score in the Wildcats 5-3 win against Michigan Tech on Friday.

Tweet from @NMU_Wildcats: Here it is. The video you've all been waiting for. The first goalie goal in program history and 11th in NCAA history by @NMUHockey Atte Tolvanen! @espn @SportsCenter @ESPNAssignDesk #SCtop10 #NMUwildcats #ShareNMU

Tolvanen, a senior who also stopped 23 shots in his seventh win of the season, fielded a shot attempt and flipped it over all 11 skaters down the ice and in. He became just the fourth goalie to shoot the puck into the net in an NCAA game and the first in the 42-year history of the Northern Michigan program.

Eeli was watching from Calgary, where the Predators were getting set to play the Flames on Saturday. He was proud of Atte, despite chirping his subdued post-goal celebration.

Tweet from @eeli1999: I think we���ll need to work on that celly! Congrats on your first goal! @TolvanenAtte

"I saw the goal; I was happy for him," Eeli told "He'd been trying that a couple of times, and now he's got it. It was good for him." 

Eeli scored his first NHL goal against the Chicago Blackhawks on Dec. 1, so each brother has a goal in his season. Eeli said he'd welcome a goal-scoring challenge when each returns to Vihti, Finland after his hockey season.

"I think there's going to be a lot of competition when we go home for the summer," Eeli said. "That's a good thing." Correspondent Aaron Vickers contributed reporting.

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