Goaltender Nolan Schaefer has been recalled from the Cleveland Barons, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. Schaefer’s presence will allow Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson the option of resting his starting goaltenders during playoff practice sessions.
In seven NHL games this season, Schaefer posted a 5-1-0 record with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage. He was victorious in his first five appearances, becoming the first Shark to begin his career with five consecutive wins. Schaefer also posted his first NHL career shutout in a 1-0 overtime win against Anaheim on Nov. 4.
With the Barons this season, Schaefer posted a 12-21-2 record with a 3.44 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage. By defeating San Antonio on Dec. 27 and Dec. 29, he became the first goaltender in the franchise’s history to record back-to-back shutouts.
The six-foot-two, 200-pound goaltender from Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan was originally selected by San Jose in the fifth round (166th overall) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.