University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men's hockey freshman defenseman Scott Perunovich and sophomore goaltender Hunter Shepard have both been named to the all-National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) team, it was announced on Wednesday.
Perunovich earns first team honors, that coming less than 24 hours after he was also named to the league's all-rookie team. The Hibbing, Minn. native is the highest-scoring freshman defenseman in the country, having totaled nine goals and 22 assists this season.
His 31 points are just two shy of tying the program's all-time record for a freshman defenseman, with Justin Faulk having finished with eight goals and 25 assists in the 2010-11 season.
"The big man [Nick] Wolff back there has contributed a lot to my success. He helps me out in the defensive zone when I make mistakes, and [Hunter] Shepard, too," Perunovich said. "He makes a couple big saves, and that gets the boys going. My other teammates, too. I wouldn't have any assists if they didn't make some nice plays and score."
Shepard, meanwhile, earns second team honors after posting the most wins (19) and shutouts (6) this season of any NCHC goaltender. The Cohasset, Minn. native has been voted the league's goaltender of the week five times this season, and his six shutouts are a new single-season program record.
The NCHC will announced its individual award finalists on Thursday, with the winners to be announced on March 15 at the league's award celebration in St. Paul, Minn.