By Kristy Shonka
The Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jim Shepherd flew 12 hours from Germany last week to get to Augusta in time for Thanksgiving dinner at Lynx coach Stan Drulia’s home.
The next day, Shepherd suited up for Augusta’s morning skate and then their evening game against Pensacola. His impact was as immediate as it was desperately needed by a struggling Lynx team.
Shepherd scored Augusta’s first goal of the game in the second period and notched an assist on Jamie Johnson’s goal that tied the game in the third. The Lynx went on to win the game in a shootout. It was their first win in a week and their only win in their past six games going into Tuesday’s game against South Carolina.
“I think he’s going to add some spark to our team,” goaltender Jason Saal said Friday.
Saal was right. Shepherd scored his second goal in as many games in Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Columbia. The Kingston, Ontario, native has three points in two games with Augusta.
Shepherd, who has played in the ECHL in parts of five seasons, said it was his choice to go overseas to start the season.
“I wanted to experience something different,” said Shepherd, who recorded six goals and nine assists in 15 games with Bayreuth ESV in Germany.