Kevin Murdock isn't the only WCHA goalie who is going back to junior hockey next season. Minnesota Duluth's Brady Hjelle apparently is doing the same.
Like Murdock, Hjelle split time early in the season but eventually lost out on the No. 1 job, as Kenny Reiter played all of the Bulldogs' playoff games. Unlike Murdock, who was a freshman last season and played in just five games, Hjelle was a sophomore and played in 19 games last season. However, Hjelle was splitting time with a fellow sophomore and had a freshman, Aaron Crandall, also competing for the job.
Hjelle is expected to play with the USHL's Cedar Rapids team where he also played in 2007-08.
Comparing Murdock and Hjelle:
Kevin Murdock: 5 games, 1-3-1, .895 sv%, 3.46 gaa
Brady Hjelle: 19 games, 9-7-1, .898 sv%, 2.85 gaa
Hjelle won two games against MSU early last season, including a head-to-head game against Murdock. Duluth won 3-2 that night, scoring three power-play goals. MSU had a 2-0 lead and got into some penalty trouble after that. The game-winner was a 5x3 goal. Hjelle made 26 saves that night, and Murdock made 27.