Wilcox, Adam

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

NCAA Game Night: 12-29-12

No. 11 Cornell Big Red 4 @ Maine Black Bears 6

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM

They say a 3-goal lead is the worst in hockey and Cornell proved it yet again, blowing a 3-0 first period lead en route to a 6-4 loss in the championship game of the Florida College Classic in Estero. The victory was only Maine’s fourth of the season against 11 losses and a tie.

Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No. 20 Harvard Crimson 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 2-2-4, +3, 6 PIM

Brian Hart (pictured, Eric DuBose photo) opened the game’s scoring in the first five minutes, but that is all that Harvard would get on the board in a bad home loss to Northeastern. The Crimson (4-5-1) fell under .500 for the season, to a team that was 5-9-1 coming into the game. Not good. Sharks pick Cody Ferriero had four goals for the Huskies. He came into the game with one goal in 15 games this year.

No. 5 Miami RedHawks 0 @ Robert Morris Colonials 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 9 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 2-5-7, -2, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin played on the top line for the second straight game and had nine shots on goal to lead the RedHawks in that category for the second straight game. Miami outshot the Colonials, 51-21, but couldn’t beat senior goaltender Eric Levine (undrafted). Levine came into the game with a 7-2-2 record, 1.98 GAA, and .949 save percentage. He’s listed at 6’3” and likely has a pro contract in his future. Robert Morris’ 1-0 win gave them the Three Rivers Classic championship in Pittsburgh.

No. 12 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 4 @ No. 9 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 5-2-7, +4, 8 PIM

Matt Peca had a goal and an assist as the Bobcats topped the Mavs, 5-4. Jordan Samuels-Thomas swatted home Peca’s centering feed three minutes into the third period to give the Bobcats their fifth goal. Quinnipiac has now won 11 consecutive games. Lightning prospect camper Andrej Sustr had two shots on goal and was minus-1 for UNO. The 6’8” defenseman remains a free agent.

Air Force Falcons 0 @ No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 18 shots, *Third Star*
Season totals: 16 GP, 11-2-2, 1.67 GAA, .923 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox wasn’t tested too often, but came up big when needed – like stopping a breakaway – to lead the Gophers to a 4-0 win over Air Force. The Gophers will face top-ranked Boston College on Sunday in the finals of the Mariucci Classic.

No. 8 Western Michigan Broncos 1 @ Michigan State Spartans 1
(Broncos won shootout, 1-0)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 1-3-4, -5, 14 PIM

WMU advanced to the finals of the Great Lakes Invitational tournament thanks to a fourth-round shootout win over Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. Western is looking for their first GLI tournament win and will face Michigan Tech in the championship on Sunday. Witkowski played big minutes against MSU’s top line, but took a minus with 17 seconds left in regulation when the Spartans scored on a 6-on-5 advantage. With the puck dumped into the corner, Lightning free agent target Dan DeKeyser chased the puck and his partner, Witkowski, faded to the strong side as a defensemen is supposed to do. WMU’s three forwards watched from the strong side near the slot, leaving the backdoor wide open. A cross-crease pass from a forward who outbattled DeKeyser found an unmarked MSU player who banged the puck into the net. WMU had played well defensively throughout the game and that was MSU’s best scoring chance. Witkowski had several deep rushes and his confidence with and without the puck is at an all-time high.

*USCHO poll used

TBT: Nothing puzzling about Lightning goalie prospect Adam Wilcox's development

By Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times

University of Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox claims he can solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle in "about a minute."

Yeah, right, said laughing Gophers goaltenders coach Justin Johnson. "Maybe if he was doing just one side."

No, really, Wilcox said, "It's just kind of learning patterns. You have to take it step by step."

And that is exactly how Wilcox has turned himself into one of the nation's top freshman goalies and one of the Lightning's most interesting and promising prospects.

For the rest of this story, see the Tampa Bay Times.

NCAA Game Night: 12-8-12

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 8 PIM

Lakers goalie Kevin Murdock (undrafted, pictured), who was born in Bradenton, Florida, stopped 46 shots to lead LSSU to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Miami.

No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Princeton Tigers 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 6 PIM

The Bobcats went into Princeton and completed their weekend sweep of the Tigers. One night after limiting Princeton to 12 shots, QU held them to 18 shots on goal. Quinnipiac is running away with the ECAC at 8-0.

No. 6 Denver Pioneers 3 @ No. 9 North Dakota 6

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 8 PIM

UND finished their big weekend series with Denver 1-0-1. The Pioneers still lead the WCHA with 16 points, three ahead of fifth-place North Dakota.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 4 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 23 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 16 GP, 10-2-3, 1.78 GAA, .920 sv%, 2 SO

Minnesota had leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but couldn’t make them stand up against a potent Colorado College offense led by Alexander Krushelnyski (undrafted), son of former NHLer Mike Krushelnyski. The younger Krushelnyski took over the third period, scoring twice and setting up the game-tying goal in the closing seconds with CC’s goalie pulled. The tying goal was scored when Krushelnyski make a long pass from the half-wall to a teammate standing behind the Minnesota defense on the weak side. Wilcox lunged at the one-timed shot, but couldn’t stop it. Wilcox will head into the Christmas break with 10 wins, which is outstanding – especially for a freshman. The Gophers are second in the WCHA by one point behind Denver.

No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 1 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM

The Broncos completed their weekend sweep of the Bulldogs with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. WMU scored both of their goals in the third period. Western Michigan is 7-2-1 in conference play, third behind Notre Dame and Miami.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-7-12

No. 20 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

Harvard had a 2-0 lead on the Warriors before Merrimack fought back for a tie.

Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was scoreless coming off his first multi-point game of the year, but Miami got a win over visiting Lake Superior State, 3-2.

Princeton Tigers 1 @ No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM

The Bobcats gave up just 12 shots on goal in their win, which was their seventh in conference play against no losses.

No. 6 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 4 PIM

The teams were deadlocked at two goals apiece midway through the game, but neither team could get a game-winner.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-2, 1.64 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox has now won seven of his last eight games for the Gophers. Like many of his wins, he was protecting a small lead for the majority of the game before the Gophers were able to get an insurance goal. Wilcox was recently named HCA Division I Rookie of the Month for November, which is a national award.

No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM

The Broncos won again, this time beating visiting Ferris State, 4-2. Witkowski leads WMU in blocked shots for the season with 14.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-1-12

Saint Lawrence Saints 1 @ No. 12 Cornell Big Red 3

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-0-0, +3, 4 PIM

The Big Red won their second game of the weekend, coming from behind against the Saints for a 3-1 win. Bolt Prospects writer Jeremy Houghtaling was at the game and will have a feature on Kirill Gotovets in the coming days. For a recap of the game, see Jeremy’s Twitter timeline at Twitter.com/jghoughtaling.
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No. 4 Miami RedHawks 4@ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM

Jimmy Mullin had his first multi-point game of the year with a goal and an assist in Miami’s second win in as many nights over the Nanooks. Mullin’s assist came when he fed a teammate from behind the net and another teammate banged in that rebound. His goal came on a breakaway in which he went 5-hole on the Alaska-Fairbanks goaltender. Miami freshman goalie Ryan McKay had the shutout for the RedHawks. McKay is the former goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox. The two were together in USHL Green Bay before the Gamblers decided to keep McKay and trade Wilcox.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ RPI Engineers 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca (pictured) scored shorthanded in the third period while RPI was on a 5-on-3 power play to give the Bobcats a 2-1 lead. It turned out to be the game-winning goal and Quinnipiac remained unbeaten in ECAC play (6-0).

No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 18 Colorado College Tigers 2 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 2 PIM

The Sioux badly outshot the Tigers for the second night in a row, but this time they came away with a victory – albeit in overtime. UND had 42 shots to CC’s 20. The game-winning goal was scored by Drake Caggiula (2013), his fifth of the season.

No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 2 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 18 saves on 20 shots
Season totals: 14 GP, 9-2-2, 1.61 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO

After his 6-game win streak was snapped on Friday night against UNO, Adam Wilcox got some revenge on the Mavericks with a 3-2 win on Saturday night. Wilcox made several big saves in the second period after the Gophers went up, 3-0. UNO scored late in the second and again late in the third period to make things interesting.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 0 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM

The Broncos completed a weekend sweep of the Wildcats with a 1-0 victory on Saturday. WMU goaltender Frank Slubowski (undrafted) got the shutout.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-30-12

Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ No. 12 Cornell Big Red 3

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM

Kirill Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the season. On Friday the Big Red defeated the visiting Golden Knights, 3-1, for their fifth win of the season.

No. 4 Miami RedHawks 5 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM

Mullin was back in the RedHawks lineup after missing a handful of games. He did not recored a point.

No. 16 Quinnipiac Bobcats 4 @ No. 8 Union Dutchmen 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca returned to the Bobcats lineup and started on the top line. It was believed he was recovering from an “upper body injury.” He apparently left the ice limping halfway through the game. This was a big road win for the Bobcats over a strong Union squad. Quinnipiac improved to 5-0 in the ECAC.

No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 3 @ No. 18 Colorado College Tigers 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, -4, 2 PIM

The Sioux outshot the Tigers, 47-26, but Colorado College held on for a 5-3 win. Alexander Krushelnyski, son of former NHLer Mike Krushelnyski, had a goal and three assists for CC.

No. 13 Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 3 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 21 saves on 23 shots
Season totals: 12 GP, 8-2-2, 1.58 GAA, .927 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox and the Gophers saw their six-game win streak snapped by visiting UNO. Minnesota held a 2-1 lead after the first period. The loss was just Wilcox’s second of the season. UNO goalie John Faulkner (undrafted) improved to 8-0-1 on the year. The teams face off again on Saturday.

Northern Michigan Wildcats 2 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 12 PIM

The Broncos spotted Northern Michigan a 2-0 lead before scoring the game’s final four goals. Captain Luke Witkowski was one of four WMU players with at least four shots on goal.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-24-12

No. 13 Cornell Big Red 5 @ No. 19 Michigan Wolverines 1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 0-0-0, +2, 4 PIM

In a game played in New York City’s Madison Square Garden, Cornell got the better of Michigan, 5-1. Kirill Gotovets (pictured) tied for the team-high with a plus-3 rating.

No. 18 Quinnipiac Bobcats 2 @ Massachusetts Minutemen 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca remains out of the Bobcats lineup.

No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 5

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-4-5, -3, 2 PIM

Brendan O’Donnell had an assist, but Notre Dame had a big night on the scoreboard (in hockey and football), defeating the Sioux, 5-2. Minnesota-native Anders Lee (Islanders) had two goals and an assist for the Irish.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 26 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 11 GP, 8-1-2, 1.46 GAA, .931 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox improved to 8-1-2 and won his sixth straight game as the Gophers completed a weekend sweep of the Catamounts with a 3-1 win on Saturday. Wilcox has allowed seven goals in Minnesota’s 6-game winning streak. Vermont scored their goal early in the third period. The Gophers added an empty net insurance goal late.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 11-23-12

No. 7 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 2 @ No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM

Despite only registering 17 shots on goal to Notre Dame’s 36, the Sioux snuck by the Irish, 2-1. Alabama-Huntsville transfer Clarke Saunders (undrafted) starred in net for North Dakota.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 5 @ Vermont Catamounts 1

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 23 shots, 1 assist
Season totals: 10 GP, 7-1-2, 1.50 GAA, .928 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox registered his first collegiate point when he had an assist on Minnesota’s fourth goal in a 5-1 win in Vermont over the Catamounts. Wilcox didn’t have much of a chance on the shot that got by him. A centering pass from deep in the corner found the stick of a Vermont forward on the far edge of the crease. The forward had a tap-in goal into the open side of Wilcox’s net. Wilcox has given up one goal or less in six of his starts this year. The Gophers are working on a 5-game win streak in which Wilcox has won all five and given up just six goals.

NCAA Game Night: 11-17-12

No. 12 Dartmouth Big Green 1 @ No. 10 Cornell Big Red 1

D/W Kirill Gotovets, COR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 4 PIM

Cornell moved to 3-3-2 on the year after tying Dartmouth in a battle of big colors. Both teams had 27 shots on goal. Gotovets is still looking for his first point of the season after six games. Last year he had a goal and eight points in 24 games. He had seven points in 34 games as a freshman.

No. 17 Harvard Crimson 0 @ Colgate Raiders 1

F Brian Hart, HAR: Did not play
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

Hart missed both of Harvard’s games this weekend – an upset win over Cornell on Friday and a close loss to Colgate on Saturday. Spencer Finney (undrafted) had a 22-save shutout for Colgate.

Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 4 Miami RedHawks 2

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 3 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 4 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was back on the ice for the RedHawks, who limited the Spartans to 13 shots on goal. Like fellow Lightning prospect Matthew Peca of Quinnipiac, Mullin is having a harder time getting points in his sophomore year than he did as a freshman. Last year Mullin had 11 goals and 26 points in 37 games.

Quinnipiac Bobcats 6 @ No. 16 St. Lawrence Saints 2

F Matthew Peca, QU: Did not play
Season totals: 10 GP, 3-1-4, E, 4 PIM

Matthew Peca was not in the lineup on Saturday as Quinnipiac improved to 7-3-1 and 4-0 in the ECAC with a win over St. Lawrence. Arizona-native Jeremy Langlois (undrafted) had two goals for the Bobcats.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 @ No. 6 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 4 (OT)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 2 PIM

Mark MacMillan (Canadiens) scored two goals, including the overtime winner for North Dakota. O’Donnell and MacMillan played together for Penticton in the BCHL prior to coming to North Dakota.

Wisconsin Badgers 1 @ No. 3 Minnesota Golden Gophers 3

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 16 saves on 17 shots
Season totals: 9 GP, 6-1-2, 1.55 GAA, .924 sv%, 2 SO

Adam Wilcox (pictured), the reigning WCHL Rookie of the Week, had a stellar game on Saturday in his sixth-straight start of the Gophers. He made several key saves to preserve the Gophers’ win, including a big glove save on a point-blank shot in the third period, then late in the game the puck hit the knob of his stick and ricocheted over the net to keep it 2-1 at the time. Minnesota added an empty net goal.

No. 9 Western Michigan Broncos 3 @ Alaska-Fairbanks Nanooks 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 14 PIM

WMU scored three times in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and avoid being swept in Alaska. The Nanooks beat the Broncos on Friday night. The Broncos were outshot 42-29 on Saturday.

*USCHO poll used

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