Moline, Illinois – Austin Ortega of the Utah Grizzlies is the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for February.
Utah returns to action tonight on the road against the Quad City Mallards at 6 p.m. on ESPN 700 and ECHL TV.
Ortega scored seven goals and added 14 assists for 21 points in 11 games during the month as the Grizzlies finished February with six-straight wins over the final 13 days. 21 points led the ECHL in scoring for February.
The 23-year-old picked up at least one point in 10 of his 11 outings in February, including eight multi-point games. He had three points on Feb. 9 at Rapid City, Feb. 19 against Idaho and Feb. 24 against Wichita and ended the month on an eight-game point streak. Ortega was named ECHL Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 25 after recording eight points (2g-6a) in three games after three-straight Utah home wins.
The Escondido, California native leads the ECHL in scoring since being assigned to Utah by the Anaheim organization on January 6 with 15 goals and 20 assists for 35 points in 24 games. The next closest player in the ECHL has 30 points over that span.
Despite being with Utah for only 24 of their 56 games, he is still tied for second among ECHL rookies with seven power-play goals and ranks third among first-year players with 16 power-play points. He has added 10 points (2g-8a) in 17 games with San Diego.
Prior to turning pro, Ortega tallied 139 points (70g-69a) in 147 career games at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He also had 93 points (53g-40a) in 125 career games with Cedar Rapids, Fargo and Indiana of the United States Hockey League.
The Grizzlies move on to Indianapolis Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. All times listed at Mountain Time.
Utah returns home Friday, March 9 at 7 p.m. for the first of our Metro PCS Pack The House Fridays. Fans can get vouchers to purchase $8 tickets for the game at any Wasatch Front area Metro PCS location.
Saturday, March 10 is the Grizzlies final Postgame Skate with the Grizzlies of the season after their game with Allen at 7 p.m.