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Clayton Phillips named USHL defenseman of the week

By Scott Bradford, 11/27/17, 3:00PM EST

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MUSKEGON, MI- Muskegon Lumberjacks defenseman Clayton Phillips has been named the USHL defenseman of the week following his two-goal, four-point performance.

Phillips and the Lumberjacks played two games this week, and Phillips scored a goal in each of them. His third-period goal against the Lincoln Stars on Saturday broke a 2-2 tie and went down as the game-winner in Muskegon’s 3-2 victory.

Phillips now has lit the lamp five times in 2017-18, the most goals for any USHL defenseman. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ third-round pick has notched 12 points this year, the third-best mark among USHL blueliners.

A University of Minnesota commit, Phillips scored back-to-back multi-point games for the first time in his two-year USHL career. The Edina, MN native now has points in three consecutive games. He will look to extend his point streak Friday against the Waterloo Black Hawks.

This is the second time Phillips has earned defenseman of the week honors in the USHL, but first since September of 2016.

Phillips and the Lumberjacks will hope to continue their success this weekend at LC Walker Arena. The Jacks host games against the Waterloo Black Hawks and Central Illinois Flying Aces this Friday and Saturday.