On the ice, nevertheless, he is type of a loud mouth.
“He is all the time been like that,” stated Shepard’s former Grand Rapids and present UMD teammate Avery Peterson. “He is a quiet man off the ice, however a gamer. He is right here to compete and I feel that is what comes out in video games.”
A vocal goaltender is all the time good to have and that is very true this season for a Bulldogs squad that has been enjoying with 5 freshmen defensemen whose ages vary between 18 and 19. Some have junior hockey expertise. A couple of are proper out of highschool.
Goaltenders have a singular view of the ice in comparison with the forwards and defensemen in entrance of them. Keepers can see issues a skater might not. Peterson stated it is necessary, particularly for defensemen, to have a goalie who’s able to barking out that info with a booming voice. And Shepard typically may be heard from the stands, even over the roar of a raucous crowd.
“It is like having a sixth participant on the market, one other set of eyes,” Peterson stated. “He is sort of the quarterback. He sees issues earlier than different guys do.”
Shepard, 22, who in 2013-14 gained the Frank Brimsek Award as the highest senior highschool goaltender in Minnesota, stated the vocalizations assist hold him within the recreation. He stated he turned a extra vocal goalie throughout his two seasons of junior hockey with the Bismarck Bobcats of the North American Hockey League.
Shepard in contrast himself to a catcher in baseball. From the crease, he can see a whole play develop in entrance of him. For instance, he can catch an opposing participant coming in for a cross-ice cross that perhaps a defenseman cannot.
“It is simpler for me to see performs develop, and once I’m vocal on the market it helps our defensemen out so much,” stated Shepard, who was the NAHL goaltender of the yr his second season in Bismarck in 2015-sixteen. “An enormous a part of our success defensively is simply the communication between me and the defensemen, simply serving to them out. It isn’t straightforward whenever you’re coming again behind the web. You do not see every part. It is shifting lots faster for them up within the play than it’s for me again within the internet. I’ve simply been making an attempt to assist them out. Communication is an enormous, massive a part of the sport, regardless.”
The Bulldogs enter this week’s NCHC collection at Nebraska-Omaha giving up 2.fifty three objectives per recreation, good for fourth among the many league’s eight groups and within the prime third of groups nationally. UMD is coming off a pair of house losses to prime-ranked Denver, however in these defeats UMD held the Pioneers, with the third-greatest scoring offense within the nation at…