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Riley Tufte, Minnesota Duluth fall short in NCAA championship game

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward prospect Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) scored a goal, but Minnesota Duluth came up short in the NCAA championship game, falling 3-2 to the University of Denver Saturday night in Chicago.

Tufte scored on a rebound in the third period to cut Denver's lead to 3-2, but the Bulldogs couldn't get the equalizer against the Pioneers who won their eighth national title.

The 18-year-old Tufte, a freshman, finished the season with 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) and a plus-15 rating in 37 games. Tufte missed the first part of the season with a wrist injury he suffered in the offseason and then got off to a slow start once he started to play, failing to register a point in his first 14 games. But he finished strong by picking up his 16 points for the season over the final 23 games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 37 GP | 9 G | 7 A | 16 PTS | +15 | 26 PIM

Here are notes on other Dallas Stars prospects playing in Europe and juniors this season.

Europe

*LW Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) picked up two assists in three games as HIFK opened its best-of-seven semifinal playoff series against Tappara in Finland's top league. Tappara leads the series 2-1. Hintz has registered points in seven of eleven playoff games and leads the league in playoff scoring with nine points (two goals, seven assists).

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 44 GP |19 G | 11 A | 30 PTS | +10 | 18 PIM
Playoffs (HIFK): |11 GP | 2 G | 7 A | 9 PTS | +5 | 4 PIM

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) did not register any points in three games for Frolunda in its semifinal series against Brynas in the Swedish Hockey League. The series is tied 2-2. Nyberg, who has no points in eleven playoff games, is averaging 20:18 of ice time per game.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 49 GP | 7 G | 8 A | 15 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM
Playoffs (Frolunda): | 11 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS| -4 | 8 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not play as HV 71 advanced to SHL championship series by taking its semifinal series over Malmo, 4-1. Hansson has no points in two playoff games.

Hansson Stats: HV 71 (SHL) | 46 GP | 1 G | 10 A | 11 PTS | -4 | 12 PIM
Playoffs (HV 71): | 2 GP | 0 G | 0 A | 0 PTS| +1 | 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%

North American Juniors

The Dallas Stars signed RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) to a three-year entry-level contract last week. Caamano is currently with the Texas Stars of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract. The 18-year-old Caamano registered 64 points (35 goals, 29 assists) in 67 games with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League. He picked up three assists in five playoff games.

Caamano Stats: Flint (OHL) | 67 GP | 35 G |29 A | 64 PTS | -6 | 63 PIM
Playoffs (Flint): | 5 GP | 0 G | 3 A | 3 PTS | -3 | 8 PIM

Dallas assigned D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) to the Texas Stars of the AHL after his season with Ottawa of the OHL ended. Martenet registered 16 points (five goals, eleven assists) in 55 games with both London and Ottawa this season in the OHL. He picked up one assist in six games as Ottawa was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

Martenet Stats: London/Ottawa (OHL) | 55 GP | 5 G |11 A | 16 PTS | +12 | 60 PIM
Playoffs (Ottawa): | 6 GP | 0 G | 1 A | 1 PT | -3 | 2 PIM

Dallas assigned D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) to Texas (AHL) after his season with Kamloops of the Western Hockey League came to an end. Vala had 25 points (ten goals, 15 assists) in 60 games with the Blazers. He recorded one goal in six WHL playoff games.

Vala Stats: Kamloops (WHL) | 60 GP | 10 G | 15 A | 25 PTS | +11 | 89 PIM
Playoffs (Kamloops): | 6 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT | -1 | 6 PIM

Season Ended

*Fredrik Karlstrom (3rd round/2016) played in both Sweden's second highest league and juniors. He recorded 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists) in 45 games for AIK in Sweden's second highest league, tying for third among junior players in the league in scoring. He had one goal in seven postseason games. Karlstrom also played in five playoff games in juniors, registering seven points (three goals, four assists) as AIK won a bronze medal in Sweden's top junior league. Karlstrom played for Sweden at the 2017 World Junior Championship, registering three points (one goal, two assists) 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
Playoffs: (SWE-JR) | 5 GP | 3 G | 4 A | 7 PTS | +2 | 0

*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

*C/LW Rhett Gardner (4th round/2016) registered 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) in his sophomore season at North Dakota. He ranked seventh on the team in points.

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

*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

*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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