UMD's Crandall Brothers Enjoy Last Season Together

By KBJR News 1

January 15, 2014 Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- It may not be pretty for UMD junior Justin Crandall, but it works.

"I can't complain. I don't think I've scored a pretty one all year, but if they keep coming that way, I'll take them for sure."

And why not, they all count the same, right?

The Lakeville, Minn. native this season has scored a team–leading eight goals, but he says most of the credit goes to his line mates.

"With my role now, playing with Tony and Kyle especially, I have to get pucks to them and just get to the net. They have a little more skill than I do. If I keep playing and producing, I don't really care how it happens."

Neither does head coach Scott Sandelin, who plans to keep putting Crandall on the ice if he keeps producing on the stat sheet.

"This year the pucks have been going in for him. Again, it's putting pucks on the net. It doesn't matter if they're pretty or not. He's going to score those goals around the net," said Sandelin.

On the other end of the ice, though, it's his big brother's job to keep the puck out of the net.

Aaron Crandall is a senior this season and coming off what can easily be considered his best weekend of the year.

"It's been really fun especially this year with both of us able to contribute. It's awesome seeing him have such a good first half with 13 points. It's really special especially it being my senior year."

What makes it more special is this is the first team the brothers have played on together.

Age difference kept them apart at the youth and high school levels, making their time in college something they wanted to make the most of.

"It's been awesome. It's kind of weird how fast it's gone, two and a half years already gone, and we've got 20–25 games left. We're going to make the most of it."

"I try and stay in the moment. It gets depressing talking about time dwindling down."

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