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Prospect Report: Colton Point off to great start for Colgate University

The 2016 fifth-round pick leads the nation in goals against average and save percentage

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars goaltending prospect Colton Point is off to a spectacular start this season with Colgate University.

The fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft has allowed just nine goals in his first eight games, stopping 246 of 255 shots. He leads the nation with a 1.08 goals against average and .965 save percentage.

Point was outstanding this past weekend, stopping 75 of 76 shots in two games for the Raiders. On Friday, he made 43 saves for his second shutout in three games as Colgate and Princeton played to a 0-0 tie. The next night Point stopped 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win over Quinnipiac.

Point has allowed just two goals in his past four starts, turning away 115 of 117 shots. But he has just a 2-0-2 record during that stretch because the goal support hasn't always been there for him.

"[Colton's] doing what we expect him to do. You see goalies in the NHL making 35-40 saves per night, and that's what he's doing for us right now. We just have to try and find him some offense and support him in that regard," Colgate coach Don Vaughan told media after Friday's game.

Colgate has yet to lose a game in regulation with Point in goal this season.

"He's been unbelievable, he's really special," Colgate co-captain Mike Panowyk said of Point after Saturday's game. "Every night he gives us a chance to win with big saves and small saves, he's there all the time, and we have complete trust in him."

The 19-year-old Point didn't see a lot of playing time as a freshman in 2016-17. He was slowed by an illness early in the season and played in only ten games. He was expected to be the No. 1 guy for Colgate this season, and he hasn't disappointed.

"I've just been doing my thing," Point told media after Friday's shutout. "I know what it takes for me to be good and make sure I do all of those things. The coaches knew when they recruited me what I was capable of, and I don't see any reason to let them down."

Point Stats: Colgate (ECAC) | 4-0-4 | 1.08 | .965

Here's a look at how other Dallas prospects playing in college, Europe and juniors fared over the past week.

 

North American Juniors

LW Jason Robertson (2nd round/2017) had a big week in the Ontario Hockey League recording seven points (four goals, three assists) and a plus-five rating in three games for Kingston. Robertson, who has tallied six goals in his past six games, now has 20 points (12 goals, eight assists) in 17 games and is tied for fifth in the OHL in goal scorin

Robertson Stats: Kingston (OHL) | 17 GP | 12 G | 8 A | 20 PTS | +4 | 16 PIM

RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) scored one goal in each of his three games with Flint of the OHL over the past week giving him 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 17 games this season.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 17 GP | 8 G | 9 A | 17 PTS | -3 | 27 PIM

C Liam Hawel (4th round/2017) did not record any points in two games for Guelph of the OHL. Hawel has six points (two goals, four assists) in 15 games.

Hawel Stats: Guelph (OHL) | 15 GP | 2 G | 4 A | 6 PTS | -3 | 4 PIM

D Ondrej Vala (Free agent/2016) picked up one assist in three games for Kamloops of the Western Hockey League giving him nine points (three goals, six assists) in 17 games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 17 GP | 3 G | 6 A | 9 PTS | -5 | 20 PIM

C Brett Davis (6th round/2017) had no points in three games for Kootenay of the WHL. He has ten points (six goals, four assists) in 18 games.

Davis Stats: Kootenay | 18 GP | 6 G | 4 A | 10 PTS | -2 | 9 PIM

 

Europe

D Miro Heiskanen (1st round/2017) scored two goals in HIFK's 4-0 win over Vaasan Sport in Finland's top league on Saturday. Heiskanen now has ten points (six goals, four assists) in ten games. Despite missing the first eleven games of the season due to a concussion, Heiskanen is tied for fourth in goal scoring among league defensemen and ranks 12th in points.

Heiskanen Stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 10 GP | 6 G | 4 A | 10 PTS | +7 | 6 PIM

LW Valeri Nichushkin (1st round/2013) tallied two assists in three games for CSKA in the KHL over the past week giving him 16 points (ten goals, six assists) in 25 games. Nichushkin ranks fourth on CSKA in scoring.

Nichushkin Stats: CSKA (KHL) | 25 GP | 10 G | 6 A | 16 PTS | +7 | 10 PIM

D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) scored his first goal of the season in Sweden's second league, tallying the game-tying goal late in the third period before Bjorkloven fell to Leksands in overtime. Stenqvist has nine points (one goal, eight assists) in 15 games and is tied for third in scoring among league defensemen.

Stenqvist Stats: Bjorkloven (Allsvenskan) | 15 GP | 1 G | 8 A | 9 PTS | +2 | 4 PIM

D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) did not pick up any points in two games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League over the past week. Nyberg has four points (one goal, three assists) in 16 games and is averaging 18:32 of ice time.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 16 GP | 1 G | 3 A | 4 PTS | -2 | 24 PIM

LW/C Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) played one game in the Swedish Hockey League this past week and did not score. He also played one game in juniors and tallied a goal. Karlstrom has two points (one goal, one assist) in 16 SHL games. He has two goals in three games in juniors.

Karlstrom Stats: Linkoping (SHL) | 16 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS | -1 | 4 PIM
Linkoping (Sweden, Jr.) | 3 GP | 2 G | 0 A | 2 PTS | -3 | 4 PIM

C Jacob Peterson (5th round/2017) did not score in two junior games this past week. He has 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in 19 games and leads his team in scoring.

Peterson Stats: Frolunda (Sweden, Jr.) | 19 GP | 7 G | 10 A | 17 PTS | -7 | 10 PIM
Frolunda (SHL)| 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -1 | 0 PIM

G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played 43 minutes in relief and stopped 12 of 16 shots in Ilves' 7-3 loss to SaiPa in Finland's top league last week. Ruusu is 5-6-0 with a 3.75 goals against average and .851 save percentage.

Ruusu Stats: Ilves (Liiga) | 5-6-0 | 3.75 | .851

D Miro Karjalainen (5th round/2014) did not record any points in one game for HPK in Finland's top league. Karjalainen has three assists in 13 games.

Karjalainen Stats: HPK (Liiga) | 13 GP | 0 G |3 A | 3 PTS | -1 | 54 PIM

 

NCAA

G Jake Oettinger (1st round/2017) went 1-1-0 over the weekend for Boston University, stopping 31 shots in a 6-0 win over Providence on Friday for his first shutout of the season and then turning away 28 of 32 shots in a 4-1 loss to Northeastern on Saturday. Oettinger is 3-4-1 with a 2.68 goals against average and .913 save percentage.

Oettinger Stats: Boston University (Hockey East) | 3-4-1 | 2.68 | .913

D Joe Cecconi (5th round/2015) picked up one goal and one assist in two games for Michigan over the past week. Cecconi scored a power-play goal in a 7-2 win over Ferris State on Thursday and then picked up a power-play assist in a 3-2 overtime loss to Ferris State on Friday. Cecconi has six points (one goal, five assists) in eight games.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (Big Ten) | 8 GP | 1 G | 5 A | 6 PTS | -5 | 10 PIM

LW Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) picked up one assist in two games as No. 8 Minnesota Duluth lost a pair of games to No. 2 St. Cloud State. Tufte has eight points (five goals, three assists) and leads UMD in scoring.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCHC) | 10 GP | 5 G | 3 A | 8 PTS | E | 12 PIM

C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) did not pick up any points as No. 4 North Dakota went 1-0-1 in a weekend series against No. 7 Wisconsin. Gardner has six points (two goals, four assists) in ten games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCHC) | 2 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | +1 | 0 PIM

D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) tallied two power-play assists as RPI and St. Lawrence battled to a 4-4 tie over the weekend. Prapavessis has five assists in eight games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (ECAC) | 8 GP | 0 G | 5 A | 5 PTS | -1 | 8 PIM

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on DallasStars.com reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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