Flames prospect Matthew Phillips named AHL player of the month
Photo credit:Candice Ward/Calgary Wranglers
By Mike Gould1 month ago
Calgary Wranglers forward Matthew Phillips has been named the American Hockey League’s player of the month for November.
The 5’8″, 160-pound winger recorded nine goals and 18 points in 12 games to help the Wranglers post a 9–2–1 record. Phillips was previously recognized as the league’s player of the week for November 21 to 27.
Through 18 games with the Wranglers this season, Phillips leads the entire league in both goals (13) and points (26). The Flames originally selected the Calgary-born forward in the sixth round (No. 166 overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft.
The AHL also named Iowa Wild forward Sammy Walker its rookie of the month and Hershey Bears netminder Hunter Shepard its goaltender of the month.
Here’s an excerpt on Phillips from the league’s release on Thursday afternoon:
Phillips scored the winning goal with 1:35 to play in the Wranglers’ 3-2 victory over Tucson on Nov. 4, and paced the Calgary offense with a hat trick in an 8-2 win over San Jose on Nov. 6. His goal in a 4-0 win over the Barracuda two nights later ran his scoring streak to eight games, and he finished the month with a six-game streak, beginning with two assists in a 5-1 win at Bakersfield on Nov. 18. He scored the game-winner in the rematch with Bakersfield on Nov. 19, and picked up a goal and an assist in a 5-3 win over Coachella Valley on Nov. 22. Phillips then had back-to-back three-point games against Abbotsford, including a two-goal night on Nov. 25 and a career-high three assists on Nov. 27.Phillips leads the AHL in scoring with 26 points and is tied for the league lead with 13 goals in 18 games for the Wranglers. The 24-year-old Calgary native is in his fifth pro season and has totaled 80 goals and 107 assists for 187 points in 217 AHL games with Calgary and Stockton, setting career highs with 31 goals and 68 points in 2021-22. A sixth-round pick by the Flames in the 2016 NHL Draft, Phillips has played one game in the NHL, making his debut on May 19, 2021, vs. Vancouver.
The Wranglers will return to action on Friday when they kick off a back-to-back set of games in San Diego against the Gulls.
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