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Goaltender Colton Point on a nice run, defenseman Joseph Cecconi scores first NCAA goal

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Goaltender Colton Point hasn't played a lot this season, but he's been getting the net more in recent weeks for Colgate University, and he's playing well. Point stopped 39 of 40 shots Saturday as the Red Raiders battled No. 17 St. Lawrence to a 1-1 tie.

Point, a freshman, has stopped 99 of 103 shots in his past four appearances for Colgate and now has a 2.29 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in nine games played this season. The fifth-round pick (128th overall) in the 2016 NHL Draft has allowed two goals or fewer in his past four appearances.

After playing just five of the first 24 games this season, Point has played four of the past eight and is starting to get some regular playing time in Colgate's goaltending rotation.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 2-4-2 | 2.29 GAA | .922 SV%

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

NCAA

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) scored his first career NCAA goal over the weekend, tallying at even strength in the University of Michigan's 6-4 loss to No. 20 Wisconsin on Saturday. There was not much of a celebration from Cecconi, a defensive defenseman.

"I'm not a big goal scorer," Cecconi told Michigan Daily. "If I score, when I do score, I'm not going to go down and do the nice celebration like some of the forwards do. I've been there before, like any other hockey player, so I was excited. It was awesome to get the first one.

"(The puck) is in my bag right now. I think I'll probably give it to my dad when I get home, or my grandpa or something like that."

Cecconi, a sophomore, has six points (one goal, five assists) in 26 games for the Wolverines.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 26 GP | 1 G | 5 A | 6 PTS | -8 | 16 PIM

Photo credit: Michigan Athletics Photography

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) scored one goal in two games over the weekend, tallying a shorthanded goal in No. 13 North Dakota's 4-2 loss to No. 8 Western Michigan on Friday. Gardner, a sophomore, has 16 points (six goals, ten assists) in 29 games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 29 GP | 6 G | 10 A | 16 PTS | -1 | 65 PIM

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) picked up two assists in two games for RPI this past weekend, giving the junior defenseman 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 32 games.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 32 GP | 2 G | 12 A | 14 PTS | -29 | 30 PIM

*C Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) did not register any points in two games for No. 1 Minnesota Duluth this past weekend. Tufte, a freshman, has nine points (five goals, four assists) in 26 games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 26 GP | 5 G | 4 A | 9 PTS | +9 | 16 PIM

Europe

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) registered one goal and one assist in three games this past week, including the lone goal in HIFK's 1-0 victory over Vassan Sport in Finland's top league on Friday. Hintz now has 21 points (12 goals, nine assists) in 37 games this season.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 37 GP |12 G | 9 A | 21 PTS | +2 | 16 PIM

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) played one game in Finland's second league, stopping 24 of 27 shots and getting no decision in a 4-3 loss. Ruusu has a 3.76 goals-against average and .873 save percentage in the second league. He has a 1.62 GAA and .941 SV% in the top league.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 4-2-0 | 1.62 GAA | .941 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) | 6-10-2 | 3.76 GAA | .873 SV%

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) scored his fifth goal of the season, tallying in Frolunda's 3-2 win over Malmo Tuesday in the Swedish Hockey League. Nyberg has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in 41 games this season.

 Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 41 GP | 5 G | 7 A | 12 PTS | +9 | 30 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not score in three games for HV 71 in the SHL. Hansson has ten points (one goal, nine assists) in 43 games.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 43 GP | 1 G | 9 A | 10 PTS | -5 | 12 PIM

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) recorded one assist in three games for AIK in Sweden's second league. Karlstrom has 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists) in 40 games and ranks third in scoring among junior players in the second league.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 40 GP | 7 G | 14 A | 21 PTS | -1 | 4 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) had no points in three games for MODO in Sweden's second league over the past week. Stenqvist has five points (two goals, three assists) in 35 games this season in the second league.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-2) | 35 GP | 2 G |3 A | 5 PTS | -1 | 20 PIM
MODO (SWE-JR) | 14 GP | 2 G | 11 A | 13 PTS | +2 | 6 PIM

*D Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) remains out with injury in Finland's top league. Makela has two assists in 40 games.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) | 40 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -8 | 24 PIM

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) scored one goal in three games for Flint in the OHL over the past week. Caamano has 51 points (27 goals, 24 assists) in 54 games and ranks third on the Firebirds in both goals and points.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 54 GP | 27 G |24 A | 51 PTS | -10 | 59 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) scored one goal in three games last week, tallying in Ottawa's 5-4 loss to Oshawa on Friday. Martenet has eleven points (three goals, eight assists) in 42 games with both Ottawa and London this season.

Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 42 GP | 3 G |8 A | 11 PTS | +4 | 50 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) played one game for Kamloops, registering no points. He missed two games last week after serving a two-game suspension for a cross-checking incident. Vala has 20 points (nine goals, eleven assists) in 50 games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 50 GP | 9 G | 11 A | 20 PTS | +13 | 70 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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