NORTHFIELD, Minn. – Colin Cain didn’t just break the North Iowa Bulls’ record for the most wins by a goaltender in a single season in 2017-18 – he did it with one of the most dominant seasons in Bulls history. St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota certainly took notice, and Cain has made his commitment to the Oles in return.
Cain made an immediate impact in his first season of junior hockey, winning 27 games this past season and breaking Matthew Bartels and Chris Amsden’s franchise record of 25 apiece, set in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. Cain’s mark was the highest in the NA3HL this past season and is tied for the third-best mark in NA3HL history. His 1.78 goals-against average and .935 save percentage for the regular season are also among the best single-season marks on the books for the Bulls.
The Hummelstown, Pennsylvania native’s commitment to the St. Olaf program is the eighth college commitment of the season for the Bulls, with more to be announced in the coming weeks. He’ll join a St. Olaf team led by Mike Eaves, one of college hockey’s most recognizable names. Eaves is in his second year as the Oles’ head coach, after spending 14 years as the bench boss at the University of Wisconsin. Eaves won a national Division I title with the Badgers in 2006, appearing again in the finals in 2010.
Cain won’t be the only Bulls player on the St. Olaf roster next season either – Mitch Dolter committed to the Oles in late January. More than 60 Bulls players have committed to college programs in the team’s seven-year history, including seven who have reached the NCAA Division I ranks after donning a North Iowa uniform.
The North Iowa Bulls congratulate Colin Cain on an outstanding rookie season in junior hockey and taking this important step in his hockey career with his commitment to St. Olaf.