The Cohasset native made 10 saves within the opening interval earlier than junior wing Parker Mackay scored on an influence play simply seconds earlier than intermission. The trouble left coach Scott Sandelin questioning if his goalie even took a while off.
“The one occasions I skated again house was outdoors,” stated Shepard, the previous Grand Rapids Excessive Faculty standout. “I feel that was good to get a break and go on the market and play for enjoyable a bit bit, let the physique get some relaxation. It was a grinding first half for us.”
Shepard completed with 29 saves within the 5-zero win, giving him this third shutout of the season. The subsequent night time in a 2-2 extra time tie towards host Dartmouth, Shepard stopped a collegiate-excessive forty one photographs in regulation and extra time, plus two of the three photographs he confronted within the shootout to offer UMD the tourney title.
The goalie was named event MVP for his efforts and awarded the NCHC’s goaltender of the week award for the third time this season on Monday.
Sandelin stated Shepard’s begin to the second half is a continuation of the primary, the place for the final month and a half he developed a excessive degree of consistency that provides the workforce an opportunity to win each night time.
“It is actually necessary for him to return out of the break and maintain doing good issues,” Sandelin stated. “That is essential, clearly. It provides our group a bit of increase and provides our workforce some confidence. It ought to give him some, too.”
The Bulldogs wanted Shepard to be at his greatest final week contemplating the circumstances. The staff was down to only 5 defensemen Friday as a consequence of three freshmen participating within the World Junior Championship. UMD then misplaced senior Nick McCormack for Saturday’s recreation after he acquired a extremely questionable recreation disqualification towards Yale.
Shepard stated he did not alter his play a lot both night time. He tried to get whistles when he might, particularly on Saturday so the defenseman might get a change. Aside from that, Shepard stated he simply tried to match the defensmen’s effort.
“These guys did not step off the fuel in any respect with solely 4 guys. That is an enormous credit score to them on the market,” Shepard stated. “That is the sort of guys we now have within the room. You do not need to let the man subsequent to you down.”
The Bulldogs (9-9-three), who moved up one spot this week in america School Hockey On-line.com ballot to No. sixteen, are off once more this weekend earlier than returning to NCHC play Jan. 12-thirteen at Colorado School. UMD returns to Amsoil Area Jan. 19-20 when it hosts North Dakota.
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