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Hintz, HIFK fall in Finnish League semifinals

by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Stars forward prospect Roope Hintz (2nd round/2015) and HIFK will play for the bronze medal in Finland's top league. HIFK lost its semifinal playoffs series against Tappara, 4-1.

Hintz did not register any points last week as HIFK fell in Games 4 and 5 of the series. Through the semifinals, Hintz is tied for second in playoff scoring in the league with nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 13 games. He ranks fourth among HIFK forwards in ice time at 17:05 per game and third in shots on goal (36), and he's won 54.5 percent of his faceoffs.

HIFK will play JYP Friday in the bronze medal match. Tappara and KalPa will play in the best-of-seven championship series.

Hintz stats: HIFK (Liiga) | 44 GP |19 G | 11 A | 30 PTS | +10 | 18 PIM
Playoffs (HIFK): |13 GP | 2 G | 7 A | 9 PTS | +3 | 4 PIM

Photo credit: Riku Laukkanen / IFK Helsinki

*D John Nyberg (6th round/2014) scored one goal in three games, but Frolunda was eliminated in the semifinals of the Swedish Hockey League playoffs, falling to Brynas in seven games. Nyberg scored as Frolunda won the fifth game 4-0 to take a 3-2 series lead, but Brynas won the next two games to win the series and advance to the championship series against HV 71. Nyberg finished the playoffs with one goal in 14 games. He ranked fourth on the team in ice time during the playoffs at 19:39 per game.

Nyberg Stats: Frolunda (SHL) | 49 GP | 7 G | 8 A | 15 PTS | +8 | 32 PIM
Playoffs (Frolunda): | 14 GP | 1 G | 0 A | 1 PT| -5 | 10 PIM

*D Niklas Hansson (3rd round/2013) did not play in game one of the SHL championship series between HV 71 and Brynas. Hansson has played in just two of HV 71's ten playoff games, registering no points. 

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 this week in Finland.

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

Season Ended

Here's a brief recap of players whose seasons have ended in juniors, Europe and college.

*RW Nick Caamano (5th round/2016) recorded 64 points (35 goals, 29 assists) in 67 games with Flint of the Ontario Hockey League and three assists in five playoff games. Signed an entry-level contract with Dallas in early April. He finished the season with the Texas Stars, registering three assists in six 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

*D Chris Martenet (4th round/2015) played with both London and Ottawa in the Ontario Hockey League, tallying 16 points (five goals, eleven assists) in 55 games and one assist in six playoff games. He finished the season with the Texas Stars (AHL) and had no points in three games.

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

*D Ondrej Vala (free agent/2016) recorded 25 points (ten goals, 15 assists) in 60 games with Kamloops of the Western Hockey League and one goal in six playoff games. He also played three games with the Texas Stars (AHL), registering one assist.

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

*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 Riley Tufte (1st round/2016) tallied 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 37 games in freshman season at University of Minnesota Duluth. Among Tufte's points were four goals and two assists in eight postseason tournament games as Minnesota Duluth advanced to the NCAA championship games.

Tufte Stats: Minnesota Duluth (NCAA) | 37 GP | 9 G | 7 A | 16 PTS | +15 | 26 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, who missed time due to illness this season, should 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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