Colorado’s Riley Nelson, the high-scoring forward who finished fourth in the Central Hockey League in scoring with 93 points and led the league with +40 in plus/minus, topped Missouri goaltender Robby Nolan for the MVP Award, which was announced Monday afternoon.

Colorado’s Riley Nelson, the high-scoring forward who finished fourth in the Central Hockey League in scoring with 93 points and led the league with +40 in plus/minus, topped Missouri goaltender Robby Nolan for the MVP Award, which was announced Monday afternoon.

Nelson earned votes on 25 of 60 ballots, to top Nolan, who finished with 15 votes.

Both Nolan and Nelson were members of the CHL All-League Team.

“Riley deserves the award,” Nolan said Monday night. “I’m focused on the playoffs right now and don’t really care about all the postseason stuff.

“Hopefully, after we’ve made a nice run in the playoffs and brought the cup back to the Events Center I can look back on all the accomplishments this season.

“The boys have done a great job in front of me, and I can’t ever thank them enough. My teammates are the reason I was nominated for the MVP Award.”

Nolan led the CHL in shutouts with seven and goals against average (2.07). He was 26-13-5 for the 37-23-6 Mavericks, who finished fourth in the Turner Conference.

The Mavericks travel to Wichita to take on the Thunder at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in the opening round of the playoffs.