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Goaltender Colton Point notches first NCAA win, goaltender Markus Ruusu on Finland's radar for World Juniors

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars goaltending prospect Colton Point won his first career game in the NCAA over the weekend, stopping 13 of 15 shots as Colgate defeated Arizona State, 3-2 on Saturday.

"We gave up only 15 shots on goal, and that's great for our team. Colton had to come up with a huge save at the end to preserve the win," Colgate coach Don Vaughan told media after the game.

Point, a freshman, hasn't played much this season. He made his college debut on Oct. 14 but waited more than a month to play again. He then played on consecutive weekends, stopping 22 shots in a 3-2 loss to Providence before this past weekend's win.

"[Saturday's win] is a special moment for him and it's great for his confidence," Vaughan said. "We've got four goalies this year, and they are pushing each other extremely hard in practice. It's great for him to get that first win, it is going to be the first of many. He's a great goalie."

The 18-year-old Point, a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft, is 1-1-1 this season with a 2.96 goals-against average for the Red Raiders.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 1-1-1 | 2.96 GAA | .894 SV%

Photo credit: Bob Cornell/Colgate Athletics

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

Europe

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) is one of three goaltenders on Finland's training camp roster for the 2017 World Junior Championship. The camp will help select Finland's roster for the tournament which will be held in Montreal and Toronto starting on December 26.

"That's one of my goals [this] year, World Juniors," Ruusu said this summer at Stars development camp.

Meanwhile, in league play, Ruusu was back in Finland's second league this week and he won his only start, stopping 27 shots in JYP-Akatemia's 5-4 overtime win over K-Vantaa. Ruusu is 6-6-1 in the second league with a 3.89 goals-against average and .871 save percentage. He is 3-1-0 in the top league with a 1.91 GAA and .940 SV%.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 3-1-0 | 1.91 GAA | .940 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Mestis) | 6-6-1 | 3.89 GAA | .871 SV%

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) has been selected to play for Finland's national team at the Channel One Cup, which will be held Dec. 15-18. It's the first time Hintz has been selected to play for the top national team. In league play this past week, Hintz registered one assist and a season-high six shots on goal in HIFK's 3-2 win over HPK in Finland's top league Wednesday. Hintz has 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 16 games. He has been centering the second line for HIFK.

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) did not register any points in two games for Assat in Finland's top league. Makela has no points in 23 games.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) 23 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | E | 12 PIM

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) was named to Sweden's preliminary roster for the 2017 World Junior Championship on Monday. He is one of 15 forwards on the roster. Karlstrom scored one goal in four games for AIK in Sweden's second league over the past week. Karlstrom has registered 17 points (7 goals, 10 assists) in 23 games. He leads his team in scoring and ranks third in scoring among all junior players in the second league. 

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 23 GP | 7 G | 10 A | 17 PTS | +2 | 2 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) picked up one assist in three games for HV 71 in the Swedish Hockey League. Hanson has registered 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 23 games. He is averaging 15:52 of ice time per game.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 23 GP | 1 G | 6 A | 7 PTS | -4 | 8 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) recorded one assist in two games for Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League. Nyberg has 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 22 games. He is averaging 15:22 of ice time per game.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 22 GP | 2 G | 5 A | 5 PTS | +4 | 8 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) did not register any points in two games for MODO in Sweden's second league over the past week. Stenqvist has one goal in 16 games in the second league.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-2) | 16 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -1 | 10 PIM
MODO (SWE-JR) | 12 GP | 1 G | 9 A | 10 PTS | -2 | 6 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) registered two goals and one assist in three games for Flint. He scored the second goal of the game in the Firebirds' 4-0 win over Niagara on Friday and had one goal and one assist in a 6-2 loss to London on Sunday. Caamano has tallied five goals in his past seven games. He has recorded 31 points (14 goals, 17 assists) in 28 games and ranks second on Flint in goal and third in points.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL): 28 GP | 14 G |17 A | 31 PTS | -2 | 33 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) did not register any points in two games for London over the past week. Martenet has 2 points (0 goals, 2 assists) and a plus-6 rating in 16 games with the Knights.

Martenet Stats: London (OHL) | 16 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | +6 | 19 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) registered one goal, one assist, and a plus-four rating in three games for Kamloops over the past week. Vala scored Kamloops' first goal and was the third star of the game in a 5-2 win over Vancouver on Friday. Vala has registered 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) and a plus-12 rating in 30 games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 30 GP | 6 G | 7 A | 13 PTS | +12 | 44 PIM

NCAA

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) registered two assists in RPI's 6-5 overtime loss to Princeton over the weekend. Prapavessis has 5 points (1 goal, 4 assists) in 17 games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 17 GP | 1 G | 4 A | 5 PTS | -15 | 14 PIM

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) did not register any points in two games for the University of Michigan over the weekend. Cecconi has 1 point (0 goals, 1 assist) in 14 games. He played on Michigan's top defensive pair this past weekend.

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) did not score 4-3 win over Boston College over the weekend. Gardner, who was centering the second line this weekend, has picked up 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in 14 games.

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) and Minnesota Duluth did not play this past week. Tufte has no points in ten games this season.

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.

Photo Credit: Bob Cornell/Colgate Athletics

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