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Perunovich, Shepard Repeat as NCHC Offensive Defenseman and Goaltender of the Year

Updated: March 24, 2020 08:36 PM

They repeated as national champions and now individual award-winners as University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) junior Scott Perunovich was named the National Collegiate Collegiate Hockey Association's (NCHC) Offensive Defenseman of the Year while his teammate, senior Hunter Shepard, claimed the Goaltender of the Year Award.

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This marks the third time Perunovich has earned this honor which also makes him the NCHC's first three-time winner of any major conference award. He was the first defenseman to lead the conference in scoring this past winter with 32 points on four goals and a league-best of 28 assists. Perunovich is a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and was announced as the co-recipient of the NCHC's Three Star Player of the Game Award on Monday.

Shepard was the only league goaltender to play every minute of his team's games this winter. In league play, he ranked first in wins with a 17-5-2 record and was second in both goals against average (2.13) and saves percentage (.923). Shepard was the NCHC Goaltender of the Week six times this year and was the NCHC Goaltender of the Month for January. Shepard is also among 10 semifinalists up for the 2019-20 Mike Richter Award, which honors the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey. The five finalists for the seventh annual award will be announced on March 30 with the winner presented on April 10.

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