Crandall Brothers Finally United at UMD

By KBJR News 1

January 26, 2012 Updated Jan 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- For two members of the UMD men's hockey team, Saturday night was special for more than just the 4-3 home win over Alabama-Huntsville.

"I've never played with him before [this season.] Saturday was my second-ever game playing with him," UMD sophomore goaltender Aaron Crandall said, "so that was pretty special."

"It's our first win together, both on the ice together," Bulldogs freshman forward Justin Crandall said. "Hopefully it'll be the first of many."

The Crandalls are brothers, only two years apart in age, who had never played on the same hockey team before coming to UMD.

Now, they are the first set of siblings on the same UMD roster since Adam and Ryan Coole played 11 years ago.

"It was a dream come true for our entire family," Justin said of playing with Aaron. "Once I committed here, it was the first phone call I made, and we were both really anxious for the day we could play together."

Bulldogs' senior captain Jack Connolly played with his big brother, Chris, in high school at Duluth Marshall.

He recommends the Crandall brothers take full advantage of this unique opportunity.

"Whenever I got to play with him that sophomore year of high school, it was a great year of hockey for me," Connolly said. "I learned a lot from as far as the game goes, and I think [Aaron and Justin] should have a lot of fun here at UMD."

That fun obviously came Saturday night with the win, but Friday had its highlight as well.

Justin scored the first of two UMD goals that night, and Aaron likes to think he played a part in that.

"It's a funny story because he hadn't scored in a while, and I actually ended up picking and taping his stick for him," Aaron said. "After that, he got his first one in a while, so that was cool."

"The first game he picked [my stick] I scored," Justin said, "so we have to keep that ritual alive."

For the brothers, maybe one of the first rituals they have together on the ice.

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