Fairbanks goaltender Joe Phillippi backstopped the Ice Dogs to a three-game sweep over Alaska, turning aside 93 of 94 shots. On Thursday, the 19-year-old made all 32 saves in a 1-0 victory. The next night, the Shoreview, Minn., native picked up his second shutout in as many nights after stopping 21 shots in a 3-0 triumph. Phillippi steered aside 40 shots in the Ice Dogs\’ 5-1 win over the Avalanche on Sunday.
\”Joe was really on top of his game last weekend,\” said Ice Dogs head coach Josh Hauge. \”He came through with all the saves he needed to make and a few he shouldn\’t have. He played with a ton of confidence and that rubbed off on the rest of our team.\”
HONORABLE MENTION: Alpena\’s Marco Wieser; Bismarck\’s Jake Williams; Janesville\’s Matt Wichorek; Topeka\’s Eric Roherkemper; Wenatchee\’s Brandon Jaeger; Wichita Falls\’ P.J. Musico