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Riley Tufte, Minnesota Duluth advance to NCAA Frozen Four

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward prospect Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) and Minnesota Duluth are headed to the Frozen Four in Chicago after two thrilling overtime wins in the NCAA West Regional over the weekend.

The Bulldogs defeated Ohio State, 3-2, in OT in the regional semifinal on Friday and then topped Boston University, 3-2, in OT in the regional final on Saturday to advance to the Frozen Four in Chicago, where they will play Harvard in a semifinal game on April 6. Denver and Notre Dame will play in the other semifinal.

Tufte, a freshman, picked up one assist in each game for Minnesota Duluth this weekend, giving him 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 35 games this season. Tufte, who missed the start of the season due to a wrist injury, got off to a slow start but has come on strong, registering 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in his past 17 games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 35 GP | 8 G | 7 A | 15 PTS | +14 | 26 PIM

Photo credit: University of Minnesota Duluth

LW/C Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) and North Dakota were knocked out in the semifinals of the West Regional, falling 4-3 in double overtime to Boston University. Gardner scored the game's opening goal. Gardner, a sophomore, finished the season with 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in 38 games.

Gardner Stats: North Dakota (NCAA) | 38 GP | 8 G | 13 A | 21 PTS | +2 | 69 PIM

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

Europe

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) scored one goal in three playoff games for HIFK in Finland's top league. Hintz scored HIFK's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to TPS in game one of the quarterfinals and had no points in the second and third games of the series, which TPS leads 2-1. Hintz has three points (one goal, two assists) in five playoff games.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 44 GP |19 G | 11 A | 30 PTS | +10 | 18 PIM
Playoffs (HIFK): |5 GP | 1 G | 2 A | 3 PTS | +2 | 2

*C Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) did not register any points as AIK lost in the final game of its best-of-three series to try to qualify to move up to Sweden's top league. Karlstrom finished the postseason with one goal in seven games.

Karlstrom Stats: AIK (SWE-2) | 45 GP | 9 G | 15 A | 24 PTS | -2 | 4 PIM
Playoffs: (AIK SWE-2) | 7 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | E | 0 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) had no points in three games for Frolunda in the quarterfinals of the Swedish Hockey League playoffs. Nyberg has no points in five playoff games for Frolunda, which trails Skelleftea 3-2 in the series. 

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 49 GP | 7 G | 8 A | 15 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM
Playoffs (Frolunda): | 5 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS| -2 | 6 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) played in one playoff game for HV 71 in the playoffs over the past week, registering no points. HV 71 swept Farjestad, 4-0, in the SHL quarterfinals.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 46 GP | 1 G | 10 A | 11 PTS | -4 | 12 PIM
Playoffs (HV 71): | 1 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS| E | 0 PIM

*G Markus Ruusu (6th round/2015) did not play over the past week.

Ruusu Stats: JYP (Liiga) | 5-2-0 | 1.67 GAA | .938 SV%
JYP-Akatemia (Finland-2) | 9-12-2 | 3.43 GAA | .887 SV%

Ontario Hockey League

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) recorded three assists in two playoff games for Flint, including two assists in a 6-3 win over Sault Ste. Marie in Game 2 of the first-round playoff series. The Flint-Sault Ste. Marie series is tied 1-1.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 67 GP | 35 G |29 A | 64 PTS | -6 | 63 PIM
Playoffs (Flint): | 2 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS | -1 | 0 PIM

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) registered one assist in two playoff games for Ottawa over the past week. Ottawa and Mississauga are tied 1-1 in their first-round playoff series.

Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 55 GP | 5 G |11 A | 16 PTS | +12 | 60 PIM
Playoffs (Ottawa): | 2 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | E | 0 PIM

Western Hockey League

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) scored one goal, a power-play tally in two playoff games for Kamloops over the past week. The Blazers trail Kelowna, 2-0, in their first round WHL series.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 60 GP | 10 G | 15 A | 25 PTS | +11 | 89 PIM
Playoffs (Kamloops): | 2 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -2 | 2 PIM

Season Ended

*D Joseph Cecconi (5th round/2015) recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 33 games as a sophomore at the University of Michigan. Cecconi also won a gold medal with the United States at the 2017 World Junior Championship. He had two assists in seven games at the tournament.

Cecconi Stats: Michigan (NCAA) | 33 GP | 1 G | 7 A | 8 PTS | -5 | 18 PIM

*D Jakob Stenqvist (6th round/2016) played in both Sweden's second highest league and juniors this season. He saw 41 games in the second league, registering six points (two goals, four assists). He recorded 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) in 17 games in juniors.

Stenqvist Stats: MODO (SWE-2) | 41 GP | 2 G |4 A | 6 PTS | -4 | 22 PIM
MODO (SWE-JR) | 17 GP | 3 G | 14 A | 17 PTS | +4 | 10 PIM

*G Colton Point (5th round/2016) finished his freshman season at Colgate with a 2-5-2 record, 2.45 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Point missed time due to illness this season. Could be in the running to be the No. 1 goalie at Colgate next season.

Point Stats: Colgate (NCAA) | 2-5-2 | 2.45 GAA | .918 SV%

*D Michael Prapavessis (4th round/2014) registered 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 36 games for Rensselaer (RPI). Prapavessis, a junior, ranked second among RPI defensemen in scoring.

Prapavessis Stats: RPI (NCAA) | 36 GP | 2 G | 14 A | 16 PTS | -28 | 34 PIM

*Aleksi Makela (7th round/2013) played 48 games with Assat in Finland's top league, registering two assists. He had no points in three playoff games.

Makela Stats: Assat (Liiga) | 48 GP | 0 G | 2 A | 2 PTS | -13 | 26 PIM
Playoffs (Assat) | 3 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS | +1 | 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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