Some teams might mistake them for twins.

Jackson and Noah Cates are both freshmen forwards for the UMD men’s hockey team. They both played on the same line before head coach Scott Sandelin switched things up recently. And they both like steak and potatoes.

This week we get to know Jackson and his younger brother Noah, who grew up playing hockey on rollerblades in their basement, with a quick brother vs. brother game. Although the final score was a blowout, the brothers didn’t come to blows. That’s good sportsmanship there.

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