SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League introduced right now that Calgary Wranglers ahead Matthew Phillips, Iowa Wild ahead Sammy Walker and Hershey Bears goaltender Hunter Shepard have been chosen because the league’s award winners for November.
Phillips, the AHL Player of the Month, scored 9 objectives and added 9 assists for 18 factors in 12 video games for Calgary throughout November.
Phillips scored the successful objective with 1:35 to play within 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 objective in a 4-0 win over the Barracuda two nights later ran his scoring streak to eight video games, and he completed the month with a six-game streak, starting with two assists in a 5-1 win at Bakersfield on Nov. 18. He scored the game-winner within the rematch with Bakersfield on Nov. 19, and picked up a objective and an help in a 5-3 win over Coachella Valley on Nov. 22. Phillips then had back-to-back three-point video games in opposition to Abbotsford, together with a two-goal night time on Nov. 25 and a career-high three assists on Nov. 27.
Phillips leads the AHL in scoring with 26 factors and is tied for the league lead with 13 objectives in 18 video games for the Wranglers. The 24-year-old Calgary native is in his fifth professional season and has totaled 80 objectives and 107 assists for 187 factors in 217 AHL video games with Calgary and Stockton, setting profession highs with 31 objectives and 68 factors in 2021-22. A sixth-round decide by the Flames within the 2016 NHL Draft, Phillips has performed one recreation within the NHL, making his debut on Could 19, 2021, vs. Vancouver.
Walker, the AHL Rookie of the Month, notched 5 objectives and eight assists for 13 factors in 12 video games for Iowa throughout November.
Walker started the month by notching two assists within the Wild’s 6-3 win over Grand Rapids on Nov. 3, and he got here again with a shorthanded objective the next night time to assist Iowa earn a degree in a 5-4 time beyond regulation loss to the Griffins. On Nov. 6 at Rockford, Walker had three assists – together with two within the last 1:51 of regulation – and scored the decisive shootout objective to elevate Iowa to a 5-4 win. He scored objectives in wins at Chicago on Nov. 12 and Nov. 20, and tallied power-play markers on back-to-back nights because the Wild closed out the month with a pair of wins at San Jose on Nov. 29 and 30.
Walker leads all AHL rookies in scoring this season with 18 factors (9 objectives, 9 assists) in 18 video games for Iowa. A local of Edina, Minn., Walker signed with the Minnesota Wild on Aug. 18, 2022, following his senior season on the College of Minnesota, the place he was a three-year captain and helped the Gophers to the Frozen 4 in 2022.
Shepard, the AHL Goaltender of the Month, went 6-0-0 throughout six begins in November, stopping 147 of 157 pictures to file a 1.63 goals-against common and a .936 save share for Hershey.
Shepard helped the Bears climb to the highest of the AHL standings together with his excellent month, starting with a 30-save efficiency in a 4-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Nov. 6. He then allowed just one objective in every of his subsequent 4 begins, together with 2-1 victories over Bridgeport (27 saves) on Nov. 12, at Springfield (26 saves) on Nov. 23, and at Hartford (30 saves) on Nov. 25. He ran his private successful streak to 6 video games by backstopping Hershey to a 4-3 shootout win over the Penguins on Nov. 29.
In eight appearances with the Bears this season, Shepard has a file of 6-0-2 and ranks second within the AHL with a 1.83 goals-against common and third with a .932 save share. The native of Cohasset, Minn., is 14-3-2 in 20 video games with Hershey over three professional seasons, with a 1.80 GAA, a .934 save share and three shutouts. Shepard performed 4 seasons on the College of Minnesota-Duluth, successful nationwide championships in 2018 and 2019, and signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals on July 28, 2021.