Just hours after being named NCHC Goaltender of the Year for a second consecutive season, Minnesota Duluth senior Hunter Shepard was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Mike Richter Award on Tuesday.
It’s the third-straight season the Cohasset native is up for national goaltender of the year after being one of 10 semifinalists as a sophomore in 2017-18 and one of five finalists last season as a junior.
The five finalists for this year’s award will be announced Monday, March 30, with the winner being crowned the same day as the Hobey Baker Memorial Award — which UMD junior defenseman Scott Perunovich is a finalist for — on April 10.
A co-captain for the Bulldogs along with senior defenseman Nick Wolff, Shepard started and finished all 34 games of a season that was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He posted a .918 save percentage that ranks 27th in Division I and a 2.18 goals against average that sits 22nd in the country, plus two shutouts.
Shepard suited up in three consecutive NCAA Frozen Fours and national championship games during his career, backstopping the Bulldogs in the last two to back-to-back NCAA titles.
He holds the NCAA record for consecutive starts by a goaltender and was on track to break the record of 122 consecutive appearances by a goalie had UMD made a fourth-straight appearance in the national championship game.
Shepard finishes his career with a perfect NCAA tournament record, going 8-0 with a .953 save percentage and 0.97 goals against average having given up one goal in two NCAA championship games.
Other semifinalists for this year’s Richter Award are Bemidji State junior Zach Driscoll, Minnesota State-Mankato sophomore Dryden McKay, Michigan State senior John Lethemon, Michigan sophomore Strauss Mann, Cornell junior Matt Galajda, Boston College freshman Spencer Knight, Clarkson senior Frank Marotte, Maine junior Jeremy Swayman, and UMass-Lowell senior Tyler Wall.