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Stirtzinger, Demko earn weekly awards


Liam Stirtzinger, from Moorpark, was named the North American Hockey League Midwest Division Star of the Week for the week ending Nov. 8.

A forward with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs, the former California Titan played a big role in his club’s success as the ‘Dogs ran their winning streak to five straight games with a three-game road sweep over the Kenai River Brown Bears.

Stirtzinger, 20, struck for five points (three goals) and was a plus-4 in the three wins.

On Friday, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound Stirtzinger tallied a goal and an assist in a 6-1 victory. On Saturday, he scored again in a 3-2 win over the Brown Bears. He netted the game-winning goal and another assist in a 5-1 triumph on Sunday.

For the season, the veteran forward has 16 points in 19 games.

“Liam was strong in all three games last weekend,” said Ice Dogs head coach Trevor Stewart. “He has Division I ability and was more consistent with certain areas of his game.”

Demko Named Hockey East Player of the Week

Boston College sophomore goaltender Thatcher Demko was named the Hockey East Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 8.

Demko, a former San Diego Jr. Gull and Los Angeles Jr. King from San Diego, is in the midst of unprecedented territory, having shutout six of his last seven opponents after recording back-to-back blankings of the University of Maine on Friday (3-0) and Sunday (2-0).

The Vancouver Canucks draft pick stopped all 60 Maine attempts over the weekend, bringing his goals-against average down to 0.67 while his save percentage rose to .974.

Demko has stopped 221 shots of 227 attempts faced this season. With that mark, he’s surrendered only six goals through nine games while posting the same number of shutouts.

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