Senior defenseman earns prestigious award
Air Force faces a pair of Hockey East opponents in 10th-ranked Vermont and UMass
2006-07 (Sophomore) Played in 37 games, missed three due to injury ... Third on the team with 16 goals, 28 assists and 44 points ... Skated on the team's top line with Andrew Ramsey and Eric Ehn for the majority of the season ... +18 was third best on the team and fifth in the AHA ... AHA Offensive Player of the Week, Oct. 23 ... Six points (2-4-6) vs. Bentley in first two games ... Career-best four-point game vs. Bentley, Oct. 21 ... Three points vs. UAH, Oct. 27 ... Tied his season-high with two assists vs. Mercyhurst, Jan. 5 ... Two points (1-1-2) in the AHA quarterfinal win over Holy Cross ... Five points in the AHA Final Four ... Two points (1-1-2) vs. Sacred Heart ... Assisted on Billy Devoney's goal that tied the game with 56 seconds left in the third period ... Three points (1-2-3) in the championship game vs. Army ... Named the MVP of the AHA Tournament ... Named to AHA all-tournament team ... Assisted on Andrew Ramsey's PPG vs. Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament ... On the AHA all-academic team.
2005-06 (Freshman) Shared the John Matchefts Award for the freshman of the year with Michael Mayra ... The only freshman to play in all 32 games ... Second among the Falcon freshmen and eighth overall on the team with 15 points (7-8-15) ... Sixth in the league in points by a rookie in CHA games with 12 ... First career point was a goal in the win over Bemidji State, Oct. 28 ... Also had an assist to earn CHA Rookie of the Week honors ... Scored the game-winner in overtime to beat Niagara, 5-4, Jan. 13 ... Season-best two assists in the first game against Robert Morris.
Before Air Force Played two years for Rob Proffitt's Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL ... Played 46 games in 2004-05 and was fourth on the team in scoring (15-26-41) ... Nine power-play goals were second on the team ... Team captain in 2003-04 ... Team MVP and voted to the NAHL All-Star Game in 2003-04 ... Team played in the national tournament in 2003-04 ... Attended Lansing Catholic High School ... Earned an academic letter every year ... Dean's list all eight semesters.
Personal Member of Cadet Squadron 7 ... Major is systems engineering management ... Parents are Raymond and Deborah Phillipich ... Has two younger brothers, Daniel (21) and Steven (18) ... On the dean's list every semester, on the commandant's list for military excellence twice and on the superintendent's list once (academic, military and athletic excellence) ... Plans to work in the acquisitions field in the Air Force ... Future goal is to own his own business and support a large family ... Was the group executive officer for Combat Survival Training this past summer ... Completed Global Engagement this past summer ... Is the standardization/evaluation officer in his squadron ... Greatest moment in sports was winning the first AHA Championship ... Also recruited by Army ... Hobbies are playing golf, tennis and watching all sports ... Wears the No. 19 because his favorite player is Steve Yzerman ... Credits his dad as having the greatest influence on his sports career ... Favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings.
Phillipich's Career Stats Year GP G A PTS PIM SOG PP 2005-06 32 7 8 15 17-34 64 1 2006-07 37 16 28 44 16-35 142 6 2007-08 27 6 9 15 10-20 55 2 Totals 96 29 45 74 43-89 261 9