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2016 first-round pick Riley Tufte scores his first collegiate goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

It took 17 games, but Stars forward prospect Riley Tufte finally scored his first collegiate goal over the weekend. 

Tufte, a freshman, tallied Minnesota Duluth's lone goal in a 2-1 loss to St. Cloud State Friday, going to the net and hammering home a rebound in the third period. That first goal came a week after Tufte picked up his first collegiate point last week with an assist.

Tufte, Dallas' first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft, has two points (one goal, one assist) in 18 games this season. He missed the first four games of the season due to a broken wrist suffered at the U.S. National Junior Evaluation in August. He's had his ups and downs this season as he's made the jump from high school to college but has come on recently. His eight shots on goal in his two games over the weekend matched his total for the previous nine games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 18 GP | 1 G | 1 A | 2 PTS | +2 | 8 PIM

Photo credit: University of Minnesota-Duluth

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

NCAA

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) picked up one assist in two games for the University of Michigan over the weekend. These were the first games for Cecconi with Michigan since he won a gold medal with Team USA at the World Juniors. Cecconi played on the top defense pair in Saturday's 4-2 loss to Minnesota, picking up one assist, three shots on goal, and a plus-one rating. Cecconi, a sophomore, has two assists in 18 games this season.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 18 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -3 | 12 PIM

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) tallied one goal and one assist in two games over the weekend. He scored a shorthanded goal in North Dakota's 3-1 win over Miami on Saturday. Gardner, a sophomore, has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in 21 games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 21 GP | 5 G | 8 A | 13 PTS | -1 | 51 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) recorded three assists - all of them on the power play - in two games for RPI, giving him 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 24 games this season.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 24 GP | 2 G | 9 A | 11 PTS | -21 | 22 PIM

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) got one start over the weekend and stopped 45 of 49 shots in a 4-1 loss to Quinnipiac. Point, a freshman, is 1-3-1 this season with a 3.19 goals-against average and .896 save percentage.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 1-3-1 | 3.19 GAA | .896 SV%

Europe

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) registered two assists and a plus-five rating in three games over the past week for HIFK in Finland's top league. Hintz, who has registered seven points (five goals, two assists) in his past ten games, has 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and a plus-11 rating in 26 games.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 26 GP |7 G | 7 A | 14 PTS | +11 | 2 PIM

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) got one start in Finland's second league last week, stopping 24 of 28 shots in a 4-3 loss to Espoo. Ruusu is 6-8-1 in the second league with a 4.04 goals-against average and .864 save percentage. He's played four games in the top league and has posted a 1.91 GAA and .940 SV%.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 3-1-0 | 1.91 GAA | .940 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Mestis) | 6-8-1 | 4.04 GAA | .864 SV%

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) did not record any points in three games for Assat in Finland's top league. Makela has one assist in 37 games.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) 37 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | -8 | 18 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) scored the lone goal for Frolunda in a 4-1 loss to Vaxjo in the Swedish Hockey League last week. Nyberg has registered nine points (four goals, five assists) and a plus-eight rating in 31 games.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 31 GP | 4 G | 5 A | 9 PTS | +8 | 20 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not record any points in two games for HV 71. Hansson has eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 33 games.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 33 GP | 1 G | 7 A | 8 PTS | -6 | 8 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) picked up one assist in two games for MODO in Sweden's second league last week. Stenqvist has four points (two goals, two assists) in 25 games since moving up to the second league from juniors.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-2) | 25 GP | 2 G |2 A | 4 PTS | +1 | 16 PIM
MODO (SWE-JR) | 12 GP | 1 G | 9 A | 10 PTS | -2 | 6 PIM

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) did not register any points in two games with AIK in Sweden's second league. Karlstrom has 17 points (seven goals, ten assists) in 28 games.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 28 GP | 7 G | 10 A | 17 PTS | -2 | 4 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) registered two assists in three games for Flint last week, giving him 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) in 42 games. Caamano ranks third on the Firebirds in both goals and points.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL): 42 GP | 18 G |23 A | 41 PTS | -7 | 51 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) picked up one assist in three games for Ottawa, which acquired him in a trade last week. Martenet has seven points (one goal, six assists) and a plus-11 rating in 30 games.

Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 30 GP | 1 G |6 A | 7 PTS | +11 | 36 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) did not pick up any points for Kamloops in the WHL over the past week. Vala has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 36 games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 36 GP | 6 G | 7 A | 13 PTS | +12 | 56 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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