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Escondido native Ortega claims weekly NCHC honors


The National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced the Bauer NCHC Players of the Week for the week of Nov. 7-13 and among the honorees was a California connection.

Austin Ortega, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Senior Forward
Escondido, Calif.

Ortega led Omaha to its first sweep of the season and first ever sweep at Miami with a four-point weekend.

On Friday, he dished out an assist and posted a plus-3 rating to help the Mavericks rally for a 6-4 win. The next night, Ortega totaled three points on two goals and an assist, tallying his first goal shorthanded to extend his point streak to six games. He was named the game’s Second Star Saturday, logging a plus-2 rating and putting seven shots on goal in a 6-2 victory.

Ortega finished the series with two goals, two assists, a plus-5 rating and nine shots on goal. He is now second in the NCHC in both points (15) and goals (9) this season.

As a youth, Ortega skated for the San Diego Jr. Gulls and LA Hockey Club.

Photo/Jeff Beiermann/Omaha Athletics

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