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AJHL Weekly Player Awards for Phillips, Ward and Barker

February 22nd, 2022 @ 8:06 pm

Photo Credit: Emily Duncan Photography

The Pizza 73 AJHL Player of the Week is Brooks Bandits forward Devin Phillips.  Phillips led all AJHL skaters in scoring with ten points (2G, 8A) over three games from February 14th-20th, 2022.

Phillips (Raleigh, NC) recorded three multi-point games beginning with a goal and two assists in a 4-2 win on February 16th versus the Old Grizzlys.  Devin scored his fifth game winning goal of the season and received his fifth Viterra AJHL Star of the Game Award in the game.  On February 18th, the Bandits shutout the Okotoks Oilers 13-0 with Phillips posting a four point-game (1G, 3A).  The Bandits posted their fifth consecutive win with a 4-2 victory in Okotoks on February 19th as Phillips added three assists.

Phillips, 20, is in his third season with the Bandits and is fourth overall in the AJHL Scoring Race behind three of his teammates with 91 points (23G, 68A) in 45 games.  He is committed to Holy Cross Crusaders of the NCAA Division I.

The Bandits (51-5-2) have clinched first overall in the Viterra AJHL South Division to receive a bye through the first round of the 2022 Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoffs.

Eric Ward of the Drumheller Dragons is the Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week.  The Edmonton, AB goaltender earned a shutout and two Viterra AJHL Star of the Game awards as the Dragons locked up second place in the AJHL South Division.

With a 6-0 shutout of the Camrose Kodiaks on February 15th, Ward opened the week as the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game with a 27-save performance.  He would earn his third consecutive Star of the Game award on February 17th with a 3-1 win over the Canmore Eagles, allowing just one goal on 30 shots. 

Eric Ward is concluding his Junior A career following three AJHL seasons and currently ranks fourth among all goaltenders in the categories of GAA (2.49) and wins (23).

The Inter Pipeline AJHL Rookie of the Week is Justin Barker of the Calgary Canucks following a career-high week.

Barker (Calgary, AB) scored two goals and five assists through three games to extend his active point streak to four games.  During a 6-4 loss to the Blackfalds Bulldogs on February 16th, Barker scored a goal and an assist and was awarded as the Viterra AJHL Star of the Game for the tenth time this season.  On February 18th, Justin would score the game tying goal versus the Olds Grizzlys, but eventually the Canucks were defeated 3-2.  Calgary earned revenge on February 19th with a 6-4 win over Olds as Barker recorded a career-high four-point game with four assists.

The 19 year-old forward leads his hometown Canucks with 49 points (19G, 30A).

The Drumheller Dragons (2nd) and Calgary Canucks (7th) will meet in Round One of the 2022 Inter Pipeline AJHL Playoffs beginning on March 4th.

 

Pizza 73 AJHL Player of the Week Recipients:

  • September 17-19, 2021: Caiden Gault, Spruce Grove Saints
  • September 20-26, 2021: Mitchell Joss, Sherwood Park Crusaders
  • September 27-October 3, 2021: Christiano Aiello, Whitecourt Wolverines
  • October 4-10, 2021: Noah Hackett, Olds Grizzlys
  • October 11-17, 2021: Ryan McAllister, Brooks Bandits
  • October 18-24, 2021: Noah Hackett, Olds Grizzlys
  • October 25-31, 2021: Roc Truman, Camrose Kodiaks
  • November 1-7, 2021: Ethan Strang, Grande Prairie Storm
  • November 8-14, 2021: Sebastian Tamburro, Bonnyville Pontiacs
  • November 15-21, 2021: Luke Fennig, Drumheller Dragons
  • November 22-28, 2021: TJ Hughes, Brooks Bandits
  • November 29-December 5, 2021: Tyler Mahan, Whitecourt Wolverines
  • December 6-12, 2021: Mack Stewart, Lloydminster Bobcats
  • December 13-19, 2021: Tanner Fincaryk, Lloydminster Bobcats
  • December 29, 2021-January 9, 2022: Ethan Strang, Grande Prairie Storm
  • January 10-16, 2022: Caiden Gault, Spruce Grove Saints
  • January 17-23, 2022: Brett Pfoh, Spruce Grove Saints
  • January 24-30, 2022: Ryan McAllister, Brooks Bandits
  • January 31-February 6, 2022: Ryan McAllister, Brooks Bandits
  • February 7-13, 2022: Ryan McAllister, Brooks Bandits
  • February 14-20, 2022: Devin Phillips, Brooks Bandits

Alberta Ford Dealers AJHL Defensive Player of the Week:

  • September 17-19, 2021: Brendan Kennette, Brooks Bandits
  • September 20-26, 2021: Brett McKinley, Spruce Grove Saints
  • September 27-October 3, 2021: Joshua Zinger, Olds Grizzlys
  • October 4-10, 2021: Austin Zavoda, Okotoks Oilers
  • October 11-17, 2021: Zach Bookman, Brooks Bandits
  • October 18-24, 2021: Zac Onyskiw, Spruce Grove Saints
  • October 25-31, 2021: Nick Traggio, Bonnyville Pontiacs
  • November 1-7, 2021: Taige Harding, Fort McMurray Oil Barons
  • November 8-14, 2021: Zach Bookman, Brooks Bandits
  • November 15-21, 2021: Taige Harding, Fort McMurray Oil Barons
  • November 22-28, 2021: Zach Bookman, Brooks Bandits
  • November 29-December 5, 2021: Joshua Nadler, Fort McMurray Oil Barons
  • December 6-12, 2021: Robert Kincaid, Camrose Kodiaks
  • December 13-19, 2021: Taige Harding, Fort McMurray Oil Barons
  • December 29, 2021-January 9, 2022: Zach Bookman, Brooks Bandits
  • January 10-16, 2022: Tristan Martin, Spruce Grove Saints
  • January 17-23, 2022: Riley Bodnarchuk, Okotoks Oilers
  • January 24-30, 2022: Brett Bamber, Drayton Valley Thunder
  • January 31-February 6, 2022: Tanner Willick, Drumheller Dragons
  • February 7-13, 2022: Tristan Martin, Spruce Grove Saints
  • February 14-20, 2022: Eric Ward, Drumheller Dragons

Inter Pipeline AJHL Rookie of the Week:

  • September 17-19, 2021: Carson Whyte, Camrose Kodiaks
  • September 20-26, 2021: Logan Hauer, Sherwood Park Crusaders
  • September 27-October 3, 2021 - Thomas Vela, Whitecourt Wolverines
  • October 4-10, 2021: Bowden Singleton, Okotoks Oilers
  • October 11-17, 2021: Ryder Matter, Brooks Bandits
  • October 18-24, 2021: Rieger Lorenz, Okotoks Oilers
  • October 25-31, 2021: Simon Diaz, Fort McMurray Oil Barons
  • November 1-7, 2021: Zach Bookman, Brooks Bandits
  • November 8-14, 2021: Vann Yuhas, Drumheller Dragons
  • November 15-21, 2021: Ty Daneault, Drumheller Dragons
  • November 22-28, 2021: Trey Funk, Bonnyville Pontiacs
  • November 29-December 5, 2021: Vann Yuhas, Drumheller Dragons
  • December 6-12, 2021: Alex Power, Bonnyville Pontiacs
  • December 13-19, 2021: Rieger Lorenz, Okotoks Oilers
  • December 29, 2021-January 9, 2022: Rieger Lorenz, Okotoks Oilers
  • January 10-16, 2022: Ryan Sullivan, Camrose Kodiaks
  • January 17-23, 2022: Rylan Brown, Drayton Valley Thunder
  • January 24-30, 2022: Caleb MacDonald, Whitecourt Wolverines
  • January 31-February 6, 2022: Ethan Aucoin, Lloydminster Bobcats
  • February 7-13, 2022: Rieger Lorenz, Okotoks Oilers
  • February 14-20, 2022: Justin Barker, Calgary Canucks
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