UMD Recruit Leads Comeback

     Some information from Tim Droogsma on the championship game of the Upper Midwest High School Elite League playoffs Sunday in New Hope, Minn., featuring Minnesota Duluth recruits Justin Crandall and Caleb Herbert and coach Sean Toomey (a former Bulldog forward):

NEW HOPE, Minn. – An amazing third-period comeback and a dramatic overtime goal gave Team Southeast the playoff championship of the Upper Midwest High School Elite League Sunday.


Justin Crandall’s backhand goal at 2:46 of overtime gave Southeast a 6-5 victory over Team Southwest just minutes after it looked as though Southwest would win the tournament.


Southeast trailed 5-2 with less than three minutes remaining in regulation when Zach Schroeder’s goal cut the margin to 5-3 and put some life into Team Southeast.


“We told them to just keep working, and they’re a talented bunch of kids,” said Southeast Coach Sean Toomey. “All you can do is keep putting pucks on net and see what happens.”


Caleb Herbert scored for Southeast just 32 seconds after Schroeder’s goal to cut the margin to 5-4. With 1:13 left, Joe Faust scored to tie a game that earlier had looked like it would be a blowout for Southwest.