NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays, proud ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Washington Capitals and AHL’s Hershey Bears, announced today that goaltender Hunter Shepard has been re-assigned to Hershey by Washington to finish out the season.
Shepard, 26, was sent to Charleston four times this season and appeared in 23 games for the Stingrays, posting a record of 12-9-2 with a 2.88 goals against average, a 0.917 save percentage, and two shutouts. The netminder was most recently assigned to South Carolina on March 8th and started in 13 of the Stingrays final 18 games to finish out the season. Additionally, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound goaltender has played in nine games for Hershey, posting a 5-3-0 record with a 2.06 goals against average, a 0.922 save percentage, and one shutout. Shepard also spent time with the Capitals taxi squad after signing a two-year deal with Washington this past offseason.
The Cohasset, Minn., native split the last two seasons between South Carolina and Hershey, helping guide the Stingrays to a Kelly Cup Finals appearance last year. In 21 games with the Rays last year, Shepard posted a 12-6-2 record to go along with a 2.55 goals against average and .922 save percentage. With the Bears last season, Shepard appeared in three games and boasted a .969 save percentage and 1.00 goals against average.
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