Midweek Update: Shepard Shines At Dartmouth; U18 Women’s Worlds Starting; USA In World Junior Semis; UMD Men Practice Outdoors

This week’s UMD hockey notebook takes a look back at a storyline that got overshadowed last weekend at Dartmouth, and that’s the play of sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard.

Maybe it’s a credit to how good Shepard has been that it’s no longer a big story when he comes in and puts on the performance that he does, shutting out Yale last Friday before making a collegiate-high 41 saves in a tie with Dartmouth on Saturday (plus two big saves in a shootout for a tournament title). Everyone seems to expect this kind of play out of Shepard now.

It was truly a special weekend for him, though. The weekend’s prominent storyline — UMD being shorthanded on defense — isn’t the success story that it is without Shepard’s efforts. It’s likely a tragedy.

Also in this week’s UMD hockey notebook, I take a look at the upcoming IIHF U18 Women’s World Championship tournament, which features two future Bulldogs. Team USA’s associate head coach for that tourney is Maura Crowell.

And in other works over at duluthnewstribune.com, photographer Clint Austin stopped by the UMD men’s outdoor practice Tuesday in Piedmont where a few neighbor kids joined in. Check out the video.

Last, the U.S. National Junior Team ousted Russia from the World Junior Championship on Tuesday to advance to the medal round. Bulldogs’ Joey Anderson and Dylan Samberg played a big role in that victory.