The North American Hockey League announced today that Fairbanks Ice Dogs goaltender Phil Cook has been named the GDI/NAHL Goaltender of the Month for November.
In seven appearances, Cook fashioned a 7-0 record, including a 36-save shutout against Kenai River on Nov. 28, to go along with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage.
“Phil gives us a chance to win every night,” said Ice Dogs head coach Josh Hauge. “He stops all the shots he should and one or two I’m not expecting him to. He’s a leader in the locker room, too, and he gives the guys confidence because they know he’s been through a lot.”
Cook, a 20-year-old from Wheaton, Ill., played the previous two seasons with the Springfield Jr. Blues. Last year, he posted a 21-17-4 record in 44 regular-season appearances to compliment a 2.86 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.
“We’re starting to get on a roll and come together as a team,” said Cook. “I’ve had some success because our team defense has gotten better by keeping shots to the outside and making my job a lot easier.”
On the season, Cook holds a 13-3-2 record in 18 appearances along with a 2.39 goals-against average and .927 save percentage.
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