Yellowjacket Roundup: Durham signs pro hockey contract
He signed with a team from the ECHL, which is two levels below the NHL.
Andrew Durham, a forward on the University of Wisconsin-Superior hockey team, has signed a contract to finish the 2019-20 season with the Norfolk Admirals of the ECHL
The ECHL is the AA level of minor professional hockey, a level below the American Hockey League and two levels below the National Hockey League.
"I've been with Andrew for a long time, going back to junior hockey in New Jersey and the last three years here at UW-Superior, so it means a lot to me to see him get this professional opportunity in one of the best leagues in the world," said UWS coach Rich McKenna. "He has worked hard in his time here, and I'm excited to see what he accomplishes as a professional."
Durham, from Richardson, Texas, appeared in 26 games in 2019-20, scoring 10 goals with 10 assists. He finished his Yellowjacket career with 27 goals and 25 assists for 52 points in 81 games across three seasons.
Durham came to UWS in 2017, following one year at NCAA Division I Army West Point.
The Norfolk Admirals are 13-37-7 through 57 games, putting them in seventh place in the ECHL's South Division. The organization does not have an NHL affiliation.
UWS went 3-1 over the weekend at the Auggie Dome Games at Edor Nelson Field in Minneapolis.
The Yellowjackets split with host Augsburg on Friday, March 6, rebounding from a 3-2 loss in the first game to take the second 10-6.
In Game 1, Augsburg scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to break a 1-1 tie. UWS rallied for a run in the top of the seventh but couldn't push the tying run across. Davriana Horvath was 3-for-3, and Kaela Kraemer had two hits in two trips and drove in a run. Amanda Kishish took the loss, allowing three earned runs on six hits in six innings.
In Game 2, the 'Jackets rallied from a five-run deficit with two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and five in the sixth.
Kraemer was 3-for-4, including a double, and drove in three runs; Amber Yoch had three hits and an RBI; and Bailey Kinnunen and Olivia Bancroft-Hart both drove in two runs.
UWS then defeated Edgewood twice on Saturday, March 7.
Ashley Taipale picked up her first win in a 6-0 win. She allowed two hits and struck out nine. Kishish and Yoch both drove in two runs and Kinnunen had three hits and an RBI.
In a 6-2 win over Edgewood, Kraemer was 4-for-4 and scored four runs; Taipale had a hit and three RBIs; and Josie Steen got the win.
The Yellowjackets will take a 5-5 record to their Florida spring trip, which begins Saturday, March 14, with games against Brockport and Allegheny.
UWS went 1-3 against Grinnell over the weekend at Bettis Family Sports Complex in Topeka, Kansas.
In a 12-10 win Sunday, Nick Shea was 3-for-4, homered, drove in four runs and scored four runs.
In a 14-11 loss Sunday, Cory Albertson homered and drove in four runs; Nick Zezulka homered; and Brandon Rolf was 4-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and scored three times.
In a 14-7 loss Saturday, Shea and Bryce Flanagan both homered and Flanagan drove in three runs. In a 13-2 loss, Flanagan and Albertson both doubled.
UWS (2-4) will open its spring trip to Auburndale, Florida, against Greenville (Illinois) at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 14.
Four Yellowjackets earned 2019-20 All-WIAC honors.
Freshman forward Dylan Johnson (Cloquet) was named WIAC Newcomer of the Year and to the first team; junior forward Troy York (Plano, Texas) was also a first-team selection; and junior defenseman Lawson McDonald (Rosetown, Manitoba) was named honorable mention.
Sophomore defenseman Artur Terchiyev (Kiev, Ukraine) earned a spot on the WIAC Sportsmanship Team.
Johnson is the first UWS player to win a major year-end award from the conference since former Superior Spartan Pat Dalbec was named the WIAC Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete in the 2013-14 season.
Johnson had 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 points. He finished tied for seventh in the league in goals, ninth in game-winners and tied for 10th in points.
York, earning first-team honors for the second straight season, scored 26 points on 13 goals and 13 assists.
McDonald, who scored two goals and 15 assists for 17 points, finished sixth in the league in scoring by a defenseman.
Terchiyev finished with six goals and eight assists for 14 points. He finished seventh in the WIAC in defenseman scoring and was tied for ninth in power-play goals.
UWS placed two players on the 2019-20 All-WIAC Women's Hockey Team.
Senior Kaleigh Martinson (Dayton, Minnesota) and sophomore Jenna Byfuglien (Roseau, Minnesota) were named All-WIAC, while senior Molly Shelton (Pine Island, Minnesota) and junior Amanda Sergent (Eagle River), along with sophomore goaltender McKenzie Whalen (East Grand Forks, Minnesota) were honorable-mention selections.
Sophomore forward C.C. Hayes (Fort Frances, Ontario) was the Yellowjackets' representative on the all-sportsmanship team.
Martinson led the WIAC with 26 goals and finished second with 36 points. She also was tied for ninth in the league with 10 assists.
Martinson finished her career with 102 points on 65 goals and 37 assists in 108 games. She ranks second in program history goals and third in points.
Byfuglien led a defensive unit that allowed 25.8 shots and 1.9 goals per game. She scored two goals with eight assists for 10 points and posted a plus-10 rating.
Shelton led the team with 17 assists, tied for fourth in the league, and was second with 22 points. She finished her career with 21 goals and 50 assists for 71 points in 108 games. She is tied for sixth in program history in assists.
Sergent scored eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points.
Whalen went 8-3 with a 1.44 goals-against average and .947 save percentage in 11 starts in goal. She earned her first two career shutouts — both 1-0 — against Bethel Jan. 14, and at UW-Stevens Point Feb. 14.
Hayes registered seven goals and six assists for 13 points.