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Goaltender Colton Point stops 41 shots in college debut

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars goaltending prospect Colton Point had an impressive debut for Colgate University over the weekend. The freshman netminder made 41 shots as Colgate and Connecticut played to a 4-4 tie Friday night.

Colgate was outshot 45-27 and was shorthanded eight times in the game, but didn't give up a power-play goal as Point stopped all 12 shots while the Raiders were shorthanded.  

"[Point] was really, really good tonight. Your goalie has to be your best penalty killer and Colton was our best penalty killer tonight," Colgate coach Don Vaughan told the team's official site. "The number of times we were shorthanded, they were 0-8 on the power play and a big part of that was the way he performed - he made a huge save at the end."

The Stars drafted the 6-4, 219-pound Point in the fifth round (128th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft. Point jumped up the NHL Central Scouting goaltending rankings last season after helping lead Carleton Place to the Central Canada Hockey League championship.

"We love his size, and he moves well in the net," said Joe McDonnell, Stars director of amateur scouting. "And he's going to get four years to develop in college."

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 0-0-1 | 3.73 GAA | .911 SV%

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

NCAA

*C/LW Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) made his college debut with Minnesota Duluth over the weekend after missing the first four games of the season due to a wrist injury suffered during the summer. Tufte had no points and three shots on goal in his first two games.

"I've been waiting for this day to come. It's finally here," Tufte told the Duluth News Tribune. "We just didn't want to push it. I think it was smart for coach to hold me out a couple weeks."

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | E | 2 PIM

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) did not register any points in Michigan's 2-1 win over Ferris State on Saturday. Cecconi has no points and a plus-two rating in three games for the Wolverines.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 3 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +2 | 2 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) did not factor in the scoring in RPI's 5-2 loss to North Dakota over the weekend. Prapavessis has no points in three games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 3 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -3 | 4 PIM

C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) missed North Dakota's game against RPI this weekend with a lower-body injury. Gardner has played one game this season and scored one goal.

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

Western Hockey League

Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) scored two goals and was the first star of the game in Kamloops 6-1 win over Spokane Wednesday. Vala, who is a plus-7 over his past four games, has 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 10 games this season. 

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 10 GP | 2 G | 3 A | 5 PTS | +5 | 16 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

* RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) had his seven-game points streak to open the season end on Thursday, but he picked up an assist on Friday and then scored a goal on Saturday, giving him 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) in 10 games this season. Caamano is tied for third in the OHL in scoring.

Camano Stats: Flint (OHL): 10 GP | 6 G |11 A | 17 PTS | +10 | 12 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) remains out with an upper-body injury.

Martenet Stats: London (OHL) | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -1 | 0 PIM

Europe

Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) went 1-1-0 in Finland's top league over the past week. After making 46 saves in his top league debut on Oct. 8, Ruusu won his second start, stopping 16 of 17 shots in JYP's 2-1 victory over the Lahti Pelicans Thursday. He suffered his first defeat on Saturday, stopping 29 of 33 shots in a 5-4 loss to Assat.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 2-1-0 | 2.53 GAA | .919 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Mestis) | 3-2-0 | 4.27 GAA | .852 SV%

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) had no points in two games for Assat in Finland's top league. Makela has no points and a plus-3 rating in 9 games this season and is averaging 10:09 of ice time per game.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) |5 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | E | 0 PIM

LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) remains out due to injury for HIFK in Finland's top league. He is getting closer to a return.

*D Miro Karjalainen (5th round/2014) signed an AHL contract with the Texas Stars last week and will play in North America the rest of this season.

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) scored his second goal of the season for Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League on Saturday. After not scoring a goal in his first 28 SHL games, Nyberg has now tallied in two of the past four. Nyberg has 2 goals in 9 games this season and is averaging 14:31 of ice time per game.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 9 GP | 2 G | 0 A | 2 PTS | -3 | 6 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not register any points in two games for HV 71 in the SHL over the past week. Hansson has 1 assist in 7 games this season. He is averaging 15:50 of ice time per game.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 7 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | -1 | 2 PIM

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) did not register any points in three games for AIK in Sweden's second highest league. Karlstrom has 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in 11 games and is tied for third in scoring among junior players in the league.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 11 GP | 3 G | 4 A | 7 PTS | E | 0 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) played his first two games in Sweden's second highest league, registering no points for MODO. Stenqvist has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in 11 junior games this season.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-JR) | 11 GP | 1 G | 7 A | 8 PTS | -3 | 6 PIM
MODO (SWE-2) | 2 GP | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | -2 | 0 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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