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Poturalski, Ortega share top USHL forward award

by Adam Kimelman

Andrew Poturalski of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Austin Ortega of the Indiana Ice were named co-recipients of the United States Hockey League's CCM Forward of the Week award.

Poturalski, a 5-10, 172-pound center, had three goals, two assists and a plus-4 rating in two games last week. He made his season debut by scoring the game-winning power-play goal in a 4-3 win against Indiana. He followed that a two-goal, two-assist game in a 7-5 win at Indiana.

Ortega, a 5-7, 160-pound left wing, had a goal, an assist and a plus-4 rating in a 5-3 win against Green Bay on Wednesday. He had a goal in Friday's loss to Cedar Rapids, and then had two more goals Saturday against the RoughRiders. Ortega now is second in the league with seven goals.

Also honored Monday were the Des Moines Buccaneers' Marcus Ericsson and Cedar Rapids' clay Anderson, who were named co-winners of the CCM Defensemen of the Week.

The 6-foot, 184-pound Ericsson had two goals and a plus-3 rating in two games. He scored twice in a 10-1 win against Team USA on Friday, and was part of a solid team effort that allowed just two goals in its last two games. His three goals are the most among USHL blueliners.

Anderson had four points in two games for the RoughRiders. He had a pair of first-period assists in a 4-3 win Friday against Indiana, and Saturday scored his first USHL goal in the 7-5 win against the Ice. He added an assist that game, giving him three straight multi-point games.

Des Moines goalie Nick Ellis backstopped 65 of 67 shots in winning a pair of games over the weekend to earn the Reebok Goaltender of the Week award. He stopped 28 of 29 shots Friday in the Buccaneers' 10-1 win against Team USA and then made 37 saves plus three in a shootout in a 2-1 win at Sioux City.

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