It's come to our attention that former Wisconsin goalie commit Aaron Crandall has given his verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota Duluth for next fall. Crandall, a 6'1 goaltender from Lakeville, Minnesota backstopped the Des Moines Buccaneers this season to the second worst record in the USHL. His goals against average was over 5, and his save percentage an eye sore .858.
Crandall was originally committed to attend Wisconsin for the 2009 season. After two putrid seasons in the USHL, Wisconsin gave Crandalls scholarship to first team all USHL goaltender Brett Bennett. Crandall was offered a chance to walk on and earn a scholarship in the future but declined.
Minnesota Duluth was looking for a goaltender after WCHA goalie of the year Alex Stalock left school early to sign a professional contract with the San Jose Sharks. The Bulldogs are left with sophomore to be Brady Hjelle who is a very good goaltender, and walk-on Kenny Reiter. They do have a goaltender committed for 2010 with Mac Carruth, but they needed a scholarship goaltender right now.
Not a bad move on Crandalls part. Hjelle is a good goaltender but not someone who is absolutely unbeatable for the starting position. Good luck to Crandall in the future.