ARLINGTON, V.A. — WIth the season on the line in Game 6 against the Florida Panthers, the Washington Capitals added another piece of insurance on the goalie front, recalling Pheonix Copley from Hershey on Friday.
With Copley up, Washington re-assigned Hunter Shepard, who had been the third goalie, to the Bears. Copley joins Ilya Samsonov and Vitek Vanecek as the three netminders available to the team.
Copley had started for Hershey in the 2022 Calder Cup Playoffs but was on the losing side in the best-of-3 series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He is coming off a strong season in Hershey, though, where he went 18-12-5 with a .913 save percentage, 2.38 GAA and two shutouts. The 30-year-old has appeared in two NHL games this season, posting a .878 save percentage.
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Through 31 career NHL games, Copley is 16-9-3 with a .900 save percentage and 2.98 GAA. The North Pole, Alaska native has a .911 save percentage and 118-72-24 record through 226 career AHL games.