The United States Hockey League today announced the CCM and Reebok
player awards for the second week of the 2012-13 USHL regular season.
Award winners include Andrew Poturalski of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and Austin Ortega of the Indiana Ice, named co-recipients of CCM Forward of the Week; Marcus Ericsson of the Des Moines Buccaneers and Clay Anderson of the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, selected as co-recipients of CCM Defenseman of the Week; and Nick Ellis of the Des Moines Buccaneers who earned honors as Reebok Goaltender of the Week.
Poturalski totaled five points (3g, 2a) and a
plus-four rating in two games to help the RoughRiders claim a pair of
wins against Indiana. Playing in his first USHL game of the season, he
scored the game-winner in Friday’s 4-3 victory which was a power play
goal in the second period. The 18-year-old New York native then
collected a career high four points (2g, 2a) in Saturday’s 7-5 win.
Poturalski also posted a game high plus-four rating. First appearing
with the RoughRiders last season, he has now scored eight points (5g,
3a) in four USHL games.
Ortega recorded five points (4g, 1a) and a plus-four
rating in three games during the week for the Ice. He netted a goal and
dished out an assist, while also posting a game high plus-four rating,
in the 5-3 win against Green Bay on Wednesday. The 18-year-old from
Escondido, California added a goal in Friday’s loss to Cedar Rapids and
then scored two more goals on Saturday against his former team. It was
the sixth multi-goal game of his USHL career and he is now tied for
second in the League with seven goals this season.
Ericsson scored two goals and posted a plus-three
rating to help the Buccaneers extend their winning streak to four
games. He scored the first goal of the game on Friday and added a
second goal in the third period of the 10-1 victory over Team USA. The
Lulea, Sweden native also finished the game with a plus-three rating.
He was also part of the defensive unit that allowed just two goals over
the weekend for Des Moines. Ericsson is playing his first USHL season
and has scored three goals for the Buccaneers through eight games, tying
for the lead among League defensemen.
Anderson produced four points (1g, 3a) and a plus-two
rating in two victories for the RoughRiders. He assisted on a pair of
first-period goals in Friday’s 4-3 victory over Indiana. The next
evening, the 18-year-old scored his first USHL career goal when he found
the net on the power play in the second period. It began a stretch of
four consecutive goals for the RoughRiders as they went on to capture a
7-5 win. Anderson would then dish out an assist on the game-winning
goal to record his third consecutive multi-point game. It is the first
USHL season for the Omaha, Nebraska native.
Ellis posted a 0.96 goals-against-average and .970
save percentage in a pair of starts for the Buccaneers. He stopped 28
shots in Friday’s 10-1 win against Team USA. Ellis then made 37 saves
and turned away all three attempts in the shootout of Saturday’s 2-1
victory at Sioux City. It was the third consecutive victory for the
USHL rookie goaltender and helped the Buccaneers push their win streak
to four games. The 18-year-old from Millersville, Maryland currently
boasts a 1.95 GAA and .943 SV% over four appearances this season.
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