Anchorage, AK (NNCNOW.com) --- When Aaron Crandall played for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), his longest road trip was to play Alaska-Anchorage --- now, every road trip feels that long because his new home is in Alaska.
The former Bulldogs goaltender was signed last month by the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) following a four-year collegiate career at UMD, and he's found success in his first two weeks as a pro.
Crandall has posted an overall record of (4-1-0) in his first five games, amassing a 2.60 goals against average and an .899 saves percentage.
With those four wins, Crandall has helped the Aces position themselves as the top team in the ECHL with just three games left in the regular season.
"It's been fun. Guys are a little bigger at this level, but they're all great guys and they welcomed me right in," Crandall said. "It'd be pretty cool to say my first year as a pro was on a regular season championship team."
The Lakeville, Minn. native had his best collegiate season this winter for the Bulldogs, posting career bests in victories (14), goals against average (2.76), saves percentage (.900), starts (29), appearances (29), and minutes (1,738:55).
Crandall was named three times this season as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) goaltender of the week, and he ranks third all-time among Bulldogs in career winning percentage (.559), fourth in career goals against average (2.83), and fifth in both career saves percentage (.895) and in shutouts (five).