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Prospect Of The Week - Matthew Phillips

The Victoria Royals forward posted eight points in four games last week

by TORIE PETERSON @ToriePeterson /

Matthew Phillips has become a goaltender's nightmare.

The Victoria Royals forward scored seven goals in four games last week, bringing him to 35 on the year. He is now just three goals shy of Jayden Halbgewachs, who leads all Western Hockey League skaters with 38 tallies this season.

With 59 points through 47 skates, Phillips leads the Royals in scoring and is 13th in the WHL's scoring race.

Phillips' terrific week included back-to-back hat tricks, coming in a 6-3 win over the Edmonton Oil Kings and a 7-2 victory over the Calgary Hitmen. The 18-year-old, who was the Flames' sixth round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, has posted four hat tricks this season, a career-high.

Phillips kicked off his week with a goal in the 3-0 win over the Giants. The winger's power play tally was the result of hard work in front of the Vancouver net, corralling the puck off a scramble and backhanding it over the goaltender's stick at the 11:45 mark of the third period.

The Calgary, AB native's first hat trick of the week came on Thursday when the Royals doubled up on the Oil Kings, 6-3. He scored one power play goal and two even-strength markers - one of which was the game-winner - in the victory. Phillips was named the game's first star for his efforts.

The Royals were back in action on Friday, routing the Hitmen 7-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome. In addition his second hat trick in as many days, Phillips also had an assist on Chaz Reddekopp's second period goal. Phillips was tabbed as the game's first star once again.

Phillips and the Royals are back in action this week with three straight games against the Giants from Jan. 27-29.

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