Wilcox, Adam

NCAA Game Night: 1-12-13

Harvard Crimson 2 @ Dartmouth Big Green 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 3-3-6, E, 6 PIM

Brian Hart had an assist on USA WJCer Jimmy Vesey’s goal to open the game and give Harvard a 1-0 lead, but the Crimson allowed three of the next four goals to lose, 3-2.

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 3 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-6-8, -4, 10 PIM

Jimmy Mullin scored the shootout-winning goal for Miami, though the game will officially go down as a tie. He scored the only goal of the five-round shootout.

Colorado College Tigers 3 @ No. 7 North Dakota 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell back in the lineup as UND defeated the Tigers, 5-3. Flames prospect Danny Kristo had two goals and two assists.

No. 16 Union Dutchmen 2 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 6-6-12, +7, 20 PIM

The Bobcats scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and extend their unbeaten streak to 16 games. Peca’s assist came on Qunnipiac’s first goal.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 9 saves on 10 shots
Season totals: 20 GP, 15-2-3, (pregame: ) 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 19th straight game, but didn’t finish it as he was pulled in the third period with the Gophers up 6-1. They added one more goal to win, 7-1.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-1-1, +1, 4 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 22 GP, 1-4-5, -2, 20 PIM

Luke Witkowski (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) notched his fourth assist of the season to help WMU defeat the visiting Lakers, 3-1. Witkowski received two minor penalties – one for charging the goalie. The Broncos outshot LSSU 41-19.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-11-13

No. 6 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Northern Michigan Wildcats 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin continues to get his shots at the opposing net, but his goal totals aren’t rising just yet. Miami outshot the Wildcats, 44-24.

Colorado College 4 @ No. 7 North Dakota 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: Did not play
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-5-6, -3, 12 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell was not in the lineup as North Dakota fell to visiting Colorado College.

RPI Red Hawks 1 @ No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 6-5-11, +5, 20 PIM

The Bobcats didn’t get a win, but extended their unbeaten streak to 15 games (13-0-2). They are 10-0-1 in the ECAC. Matt Peca (pictured) had an assist and three minor penalties.

Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves 3 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 17 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 19 GP, 14-2-3, 1.67 GAA, .925 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox started his 18th straight game, but top-ranked Minnesota needed to come from behind to steal a win in a classic trap game. The Seawolves scored twice in just over three minutes as the third period was starting to wind down, but the Gophers scored twice late, including the game-winner in the last minute. Minnesota is coming off wins over then-No. 1 Boston College and No. 2 Notre Dame. They face their WCHA rivals, North Dakota, next weekend. Beware of trap games.

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 21 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 16 PIM

WMU peppered LSSU goalie Kevin Kapalka (undrafted) with 44 shots, including nine in overtime, but the game officially ended in a 1-1 tie. LSSU won the shootout, 2-1.

*USCHO poll used

Wilcox a Huge Reason for Gophers Success

From FoxSports North

Adam Wilcox came to the University of Minnesota campus this fall for a job interview of sorts.

The freshman from South St. Paul was in a competition with junior Mike Shibrowski to become Golden Gophers' starting goaltender. For the first few weeks of the college hockey season, Minnesota coach Don Lucia played each goalie for one game a weekend to see how they handled certain situations.

But there was one game — and perhaps even one play — in October when Wilcox seized the starting job and made it his own.

NCAA Game Night: 1-8-13

No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 23 shots, *Second Star*
Season totals: 18 GP, 13-2-2, 1.60 GAA, .929 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox was named second star on Tuesday night as he backstopped the No. 1 Golden Gophers to a big win over a top-2 team for the second game in a row. The Gophers defeated the visiting No. 2 Irish, 4-1, taking a 2-0 lead early, adding some insurance to make it 3-1, then finishing up with an empty net goal late. Last week they beat then-No. 1 Boston College, 8-1. Wilcox continues to be one of the best stories in the WCHA this year. He has made 17 consecutive starts for Minnesota, who is now ranked No. 1. He wasn’t at his absolute best on Tuesday night, as the shot that beat him was a rolling puck that entered the crease and bounced over his laid-down paddle and through his legs. He made up for it later with a full-extension toe save on a breakaway attempt by Notre Dame. Minnesota plays two against Alaska-Anchorage this weekend before they meet their rivals, North Dakota, in two weeks.

NCAA Game Night: 12-30-12

No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 1 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 5-3-8, +4, 10 PIM

Quinnipiac completed the 2-game sweep of the Mavericks with a 3-1 win on Sunday. Lightning prospect Matt Peca had an assist in the game to give him three points for the weekend and possibly get himself back on track toward last year’s point-per-game pace.

No. 1 Boston College Eagles 1 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 8

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 32 saves on 33 shots, 1 assist, *First Star*
Season totals: 17 GP, 12-2-2, 1.63 GAA, .927 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured) was named tournament MVP as Minnesota crushed top-ranked Boston College to win the Mariucci Classic championship. Wilcox, who was also named to the all-tournament team, was solid all night and spectacular when he needed to be, stopping 32 shots. BC’s lone goal came with the Gophers up 7-0 late in the third period and trying to kill off a 5-on-3 power play. Steven Whitney scored on a slapshot from the circles through traffic that went over Wilcox’s shoulder as he crouched to see the shot. Wilcox stopped at least five prime scoring chances in the first period when it was a close game, then in the second came up huge multiple times, including a highlight-reel glove save on a 2-on-1. The puck carrier had his passing option taken away from him on the rush, so after trying to out-wait Wilcox, fired high glove side. Wilcox snared the puck and snapped it into his body, reminiscent of Patrick Roy in his prime.

He came into the game seventh in the nation in goals against average and drew endless praise from Fox Sports commentators, who called Wilcox a “star” and “one of the top goalies in the country.” Noted Minnesota hockey journalist Michael Russo called him “the real deal.”

Wilcox also had his first collegiate assist in the game. Although he likes to play the puck, his helper came when he re-directed a bad angle shot up the center of the ice. The puck split the BC defensemen and Minnesota's Sam Warning (undrafted) pulled away from the defense to corral the puck and deke the goalie for a shorthanded goal.

Wilcox helped the Gophers exact some revenge on BC, who beat Minnesota, 6-1, in the Frozen Four last year on the Lightning’s home ice in Tampa. Things don’t get any easier for the Gophers as their next match is against No. 2 Notre Dame a week from Tuesday.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 0 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 18 GP, 1-3-4, -6, 14 PIM

WMU came up short in their bid to win the Great Lakes Invitational title, falling to unranked Michigan Tech, 4-0. Witkowski was on the ice for what turned out to be the game-winning goal, although he wasn’t directly involved in the play. A Bronco was tripped in the corner which resulted in a Tech shot from a bad angle that beat the Western goaltender, Frank Slubowski, who was not as sharp as he usually is during the game. Witkowski had a couple scoring chances, including a shot on the power play after he pinched down the weak side. His shot was disrupted as he pulled the puck from receiving it on his backhand to his forehand. One notable comment from the Fox Sports Detroit commentators was their suggestion that Witkowski and his defensive partner, Danny DeKeyser, be allowed to rush the puck more. Former NHL coach Andy Murray has WMU playing a staunch defensive system and the defense rarely jumps into the play. Scoring chances are not abundant and they only scored one goal in the 2-game tournament.

Tech’s Phoenix Copley didn’t allow a goal in the tournament and stopped 32 shots on Sunday for the shutout – his second career shutout. Copley, who hails from North Pole, Alaska, was the backup to Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox for some of last season at USHL Tri-City.

*USCHO poll used

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