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Quotable: Tanner Laderoute
After playing on a line Saturday that featured fellow fifth-year senior Jesse Jacques at center and 18-year-old freshman Isaac Howard on the wing, Bulldogs fifth-year senior captain and wing Tanner Laderoute was paired with Howard and 18-year-old freshman center Cole Spicer on Sunday against Arizona State at Amsoil Arena.
I asked the 25-year-old Laderoute after Sunday's game what it was like to play with the two freshmen who arrived this year straight from the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
Two guys that have known each other forever and played together forever; two true freshmen with with me, it was kind of funny. I was like a father taking care of his kids out there. They've got a lot to learn, but they also have so much potential and so much talent.
UMD women land top Canadian prospect
Shortly after finishing off their season-opening New York trip a perfect 4-0 on Friday, the Bulldogs received a verbal commitment from 16-year-old Canadian forward Caitlin Kraemer for the class of 2022-24. Kraemer is from Kitchener, Ontario and currently plays in the Waterloo K-W Rangers program in Kitchener. She was an assistant captain last season for her team.
Over the summer, Kraemer competed in Canada's U18 Summer Showcase, scoring two goals in three games. She had three goals and an assist for Canada's National Women's U18 team in the four-game U18 series against the United States. Rumor is she chose the Bulldogs over Wisconsin and Ohio State.
You can keep track of UMD men's and women's recruits here on the Bulldog Insider page.
Soderberg close to tying Rooney for career shutouts
Bulldogs fifth-year senior Emma Soderberg moved alone into fifth all-time at UMD in shutouts on Friday by picking up the 12th of her career in a 4-0 win over Penn State. Soderberg, a Swedish Olympian, was tied with German Olympian Jenny Harss at 11. Now Soderberg is one shy of tying Olympic gold and silver medalist Maddie Rooney for fourth all-time.
It is denoted in the UMD record book that Soderberg was granted a fifth season because of COVID-19, however, she's also played significantly fewer games than anyone else on UMD's career shutout list. Soderberg has 12 shutouts in 58 career games now. Harss had 11 in 89 games and Rooney picked up 13 in a school-record 122 games. The career shutout record at UMD is held by Kayla Black, who had 20 shutouts in 121 games. Riita Schaublin is second with 17 in 104 games and Swedish Olympian Kim Martin is third with 16 in 99 games.