Wilcox, Adam

NCAA Game Night: 10-12-12

Colgate Raiders 0 @ No. 9 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG

Miami opened their season with a non-conference win over Colgate. Freshman Ryan McKay made 24 saves for the shoutout win. McKay (undrafted) was the goaltending partner of Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox for USHL Green Bay to start last season before Wilcox was moved to Tri-City.

USA U-18 4 @ No. 4 North Dakota Fighting Sioux 6 (exhibition)

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 7 PIM (slashing, checking from behind major, game misconduct), 0 SOG

UND got two goals from Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi, who like Brendan O’Donnell, missed considerable time last season due to injury.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 6

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Did not play

Freshman Adam Wilcox watched as sophomore Michael Shibrowski got the start for the Gophers. The two are expected to split time during the first few weeks of the season. Nick Bjugstad (Panthers) had a goal and an assist to be named first star for the game.

Michigan State Spartans 1 @ No.2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 10 saves on 11 shots
Season totals: 1-0-0, 1.00 GAA, .909 sv%, 0 SO

Freshman Adam Wilcox made his first collegiate start and stopped 10 of 11 shots against the Spartans. Wilcox last played for Tri-City of the USHL. He is expected to share time in the Minnesota nets with Gophers junior Michael Shibrowski (undrafted) to start the year.

St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ No. 10 Western Michigan Broncos 3 (OT)

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG

Witkowski and the Broncos opened their season at home against St. Lawrence, but were unable to pull out a win, falling in overtime, 4-3. WMU scored twice in the third period to force overtime, including a goal with 31 seconds left in regulation. Junior Jeremy Wick (undrafted) had the game winner for St. Lawrence. It was his fourth career goal.

*USCHO poll used

Bolt Prospects 2012 NHL Entry Draft Coverage: Goaltenders

Bolt Prospects' draft coverage begins with the goaltending position, which has been a perennial sore spot since the founding of the franchise. With the exception of short runs by Darren Puppa in the early days of the team and Nikolai Khabibulin leading up to the team's Stanley Cup run in 2003-2004, the Lightning have always seemed to face uncertainty between the pipes.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-17-12

USHL

(W6) Tri-City Storm 2 @ (W3) Waterloo Black Hawks 3
USHL First Round – Waterloo wins best of 3 series 2-0

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 28 saves on 31 shots
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-2-0, 4.70 GAA, .842 sv%
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox’s USHL career came to an end Tuesday night in Iowa as the Waterloo Black Hawks overcame playing half the second period shorthanded to defeat Tri-City and advance in the USHL playoffs. Wilcox had a remarkable year for the Storm after being acquired midseason from Green Bay. He was First Star in nearly every other game it seemed like as he backstopped Tri-City to the playoffs. They were nowhere close when he was acquired. The magic ran out in the playoffs, however. Though a goalie is capable of stealing a best of 3 series on his own, one bad game and he can lose it. That happened in Game 1. Wilcox will next be seen at the Lightning’s prospect camp in early summer (most likely) before he heads to the University of Minnesota to play for his home state Gophers. Congrats on a great year, Adam.

CHL

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Kitchener beat Plymouth in Game 7 so Vladislav Namestnikov and the London Knights will play their hated rivals in the OHL Western Conference Finals. In the QMJHL, Chicoutimi beat Memorial Cup-host Shawinigan in Game 7 and Halifax came back from a 3-1 series deficit to defeat Patrick Roy's Quebec Remparts in Game 7. Danick Gauthier and Saint John will play Chicoutimi in the league semifinals. Rimouski plays Halifax in the other semifinals.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-16-12

USHL

(W6) Tri-City Storm 4 @ (W3) Waterloo Black Hawks 6
USHL First Round – Waterloo leads best of 3 series 1-0

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 20 saves on 26 shots
Playoff Totals: 1 GP, 0-1-0, 6.37 GAA, .769 sv%
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Ouch. Wilcox got four goals of offensive support against third-seeded Waterloo, but despite being one of the best goaltenders in the league during the year he couldn’t stop the Black Hawks from breaking open a close game in the second period. The Storm entered the middle frame tied 2-2, but Waterloo beat Wilcox three more times before the third period began. They’d add a sixth goal early in the third for a 6-2 lead before Tri-City scored a couple late goals. Wilcox played only about 90 minutes of action last year in the playoffs for Green Bay on their way to a championship. Game 2 is Tuesday at Waterloo and Wednesday the same if necessary.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-14-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 3 vs. Sioux Falls Stampede 2 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox got another night off as the Storm, who were playing in their last regular season game, prepare for the playoffs.

OHL

(W1) London Knights 5 @ (W5) Saginaw Spirit 5
Western Conference Semifinals – London wins best of 7 series 4-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 0-2-2, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 10 GP, 3-6-9, +5, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

London closed out their conference semifinal series against Saginaw with a 5-3 road win. London is likely breathing a sigh of relief as the series was much closer than the 4-2 final game tally. London was down two games to one heading back to Michigan and got a big road win. Then Namestnikov made a strong individual effort in overtime of Game 5 to score the game winner and give London a pivotal win. Namestnikov has four points in his last two games after taking some criticism from the London fanbase for failing to make his mark early in the series. The Knights will await the winner of the Kitchener-Plymouth series. Plymouth leads 3-2 after shutting out the Rangers on Saturday.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-13-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 3

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Did not play
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

After handling nearly all the goaltending duties from the time he was acquired from Green Bay to leading the Storm to securing a playoff spot, Wilcox got the night off. Tri-City has one more game before the playoffs begin and can’t move up in the standings.

OHL

(W5) Saginaw Spirit 1 @ (W1) London Knights 2 (OT)
Western Conference Semifinals – London leads best of 7 series 3-2

C Vladislav Namestnikov , LDN: 1-1-2, +2, 2 PIM (roughing)
Playoff Totals: 9 GP, 3-4-7, +4, 8 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Huge. Lightning prospect Vladislav Namestnikov (pictured) scored at 4:58 of the first overtime to give the Knights a 2-1 Game 5 win and a 3-2 series lead over Saginaw. The story for much of the game was Saginaw goaltender Jake Paterson, who is expected to go in the second round of this summer’s draft. Paterson stopped 46 shots on Friday – many of them in spectacular fashion. Lightning camper Seth Griffith had a helper and a tip-in goal for London, and defenseman Olli Maatta, who could go around the midway point of the first round this summer, had the primary assist on Namestnikov’s game winner. Game 6 is Saturday in Saginaw.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-7-12

USHL

Sioux City Musketeers 3 @ Tri-City Storm 2 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: OT Loss, 31 saves on 34 shots, *First Star*
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 34 GP, 16-17-1-1, 2.91 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Though there’s no “X” next to the team on the USHL standings page, the Storm appear to have clinched a playoff spot by picking up a point Saturday night against Sioux City. Des Moines lost in a shootout and are five points behind Tri-City with two games to play. Wilcox was named first star for the 300th time in the last month it seems, and has backstopped his “new” team from the bottom of the standings into the playoffs. At least one USHL writer has pegged Wilcox (pictured) for goaltender of the year and says he should get MVP consideration. Wilcox is capable of stealing a short series in the playoffs if he gets some offensive help.

QMJHL

(13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 2 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 10
Quarterfinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +1, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike conduct, slashing), 4 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff Totals: 6 GP, 7-2-9, +6, 6 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Not satisfied with their nine goals in Game 1, the Sea Dogs put up 10 in Game 2 to take a 2-0 series lead over the Drakkar. Gauthier had his seventh goal of the playoffs and was 14/20 on faceoffs. Saint John has outscored their opponents 53-13 in their sixth games. That’s just under nine goals a game. And that’s just silly. Game 3 is Tuesday in at Baie-Comeau.

North American Juniors Game Night: 4-6-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 1 @ Lincoln Stars 4

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 40 saves on 43 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 32 GP, 16-16-1, 2.90 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Tri-City dropped a big game on the road against rival Lincoln, but Des Moines’ loss at home means the Storm stays five points up for the last playoff spot in the West. Both teams have three games remaining.

QMJHL

(13) Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3 @ (1) Saint John Sea Dogs 9
Quarterfinals – Saint John leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 1-0-1, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 5 Hits
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 6-2-8, +5, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Thirteenth-seeded Baie-Comeau, fresh off a sweep of fourth-seeded Victoriaville, was no match for top-seeded Saint John, who scored nine against the Drakkar on Friday night to take a 1-0 series lead. Lightning prospect Danick Gauthier scored his sixth of the playoffs in the win and led the team with five hits. Minnesota prospect Zack Phillips had two goals and two assists for the Sea Dogs. Charlie Coyle, another Wild prospect, had a goal, his 10th of the playoffs. Game 2 is Saturday night.

OHL

(W5) Saginaw Spirit 2 @ (W1) London Knights 5
Western Conference Semifinals – London leads best of 7 series 1-0

C Vladislav Namestnikov, LDN: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season Totals: 63 GP, 22-49-71, +15, 50 PIM

Predators first rounder Austin Watson had two goals and an assist, including an empty netter to seal the game, as London took Game 1 against Saginaw, 5-2. The Spirit were coming off an upset of fourth-seeded Sarnia in the first round. Namestnikov was scoreless for the third time in the last four games. He started the game alongside former Lightning camper Seth Griffith, who had two assists in Game 1. Game 2 is Sunday in Michigan.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-31-12

USHL

Tri-City Storm 2 @ Waterloo Black Hawks 4 (Friday)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 21 saves on 24 shots

On Friday night, Wilcox let in three as Tri-City fell on the road in Iowa. Notre Dame commit Vince Hinostroza had two goals for Waterloo, new Lightning prospect J.T. Brown’s former club.

Tri-City Storm 6 @ Sioux Falls Stampede 3 (Saturday)

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Win, 37 saves on 40 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 32 GP, 16-16-1, 2.90 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox stopped 37 shots to help the Storm get two points in South Dakota. With Des Moines losing five of their last six games, Tri-City sits six points up on the Bucs with Des Moines having five games left and Tri-City four. The Storm are three points behind Sioux City for fifth in the East. The top six teams in each conference make the playoffs.

OHL

E8-Oshawa Generals 3 @ E1-Niagara IceDogs 5
OHL First Round – Niagara leads best of seven series 3-2

D Geoffrey Schemitsch, OSH: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Playoff Totals: 5 GP, 0-3-3, -1, 2 PIM
Season Totals (OS, OSH): 48 GP, 2-17-19, +8, 24 PIM

Having dropped their last two games, Niagara dominated possession in Game 5, outshooting the Gens 59-25 on their way to a 5-3 win. The game was tied at two entering the third period before the IceDogs exploded for three goals in about nine minutes. Islanders first rounder (2011) Ryan Strome had two of the three third period goals for Niagara. Former Lightning prospect Brock Beukeboom was scoreless for the IceDogs. Current Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had a helper, his third of the series. Game 6 is Sunday in Oshawa.

North American Juniors Game Night: 3-24-12

USHL

Dubuque Fighting Saints 4 @ Tri-City Storm 1

G Adam Wilcox, TC: Loss, 32 saves on 35 shots
Season Totals (with Tri-City): 30 GP, 15-15-1, 2.89 GAA, .916 sv%, 1 SO
Season Totals (with Green Bay): 9 GP, 7-2-0, 2.27 GAA, .918 sv%, 2 SO

The defending Clark Cup champs were too much for the streaking Storm on Saturday as they beat Wilcox and Tri-City 4-1. Tri-City scored first in the game before allowing four unanswered goals, the last of which was scored into an empty net. Sioux City won tonight and leapfrogged the Storm into fifth. Tri-City is in sixth, four points up on Des Moines, who has a game in hand (seven games left).

QMJHL

16-Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 1 @ 1-Saint John Sea Dogs 8
QMJHL First Round – Saint John leads the best of seven series 2-0

C Danick Gauthier, SNB: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG, 3 Hits
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 0 PIM
Season Totals: 67 GP, 47-39-86, +46, 67 PIM

Saint John scored five fewer goals than they did Friday night, but still pulled together, toughed it out, and managed to put up a snowman on the Eagles. Cape Breton only managed 16 shots compared to the Sea Dogs’ 47. Saint John out shot them 50-19 on Friday, winning 13-4. Charlie Coyle (Sharks) had a hat trick for the second straight night. He has 11 points in the first two games of this series. Game 3 is Tuesday in Sydney.

13-Baie-Comeau Drakkar 5 @ 4-Victoriaville Tigres 3
QMJHL First Round – Baie-Comeau leads best of seven series 2-0

D Daniel Milan, VIC: 0-0-0 E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG, 0 Hits
Playoff Totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season Totals (MON, VIC): 62 GP, 2-9-11, -16, 73 PIM

Fourth-seeded Victoriaville has now dropped two games at home in this series and the upset-minded Drakkar will return home for Game 3 on Tuesday with all the momentum.

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