NCAA/USHS

Frozen Four Game Night: 4-12-14

No. 1 Union Dutchmen 7 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
National Championship

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Loss, 42 saves on 48 shots
Season totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota fell short of their sixth national championship, losing in the finals to tiny Union College, 7-4. The Gophers held 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the game, but soft defensive play and ill-timed penalties did them in. Despite giving up six goals – a season high – Adam Wilcox was excellent for the Gophers (the last goal was an empty netter). As Barry Melrose said after the first period, if Wilcox was just average, the score would have been 8-2 after one period. The sixth goal was one he would have liked to have had back, however. Minnesota had pulled within a goal late in the third and Wilcox had an unscreened wrist shot go through him. At the 10-minute mark of the third he made two outstanding saves to keep it a 5-3 game.

Wilcox’s sophomore season is over and it was special even without the national championship. With the Lightning’s depth it goal, it would seem Wilcox would return for his junior season, but one never knows. He’s certainly talented enough to succeed in professional hockey next year. Congrats to Wilcox on an outstanding season.

*USCHO poll used

Frozen Four Game Night: 4-10-14

No. 13 North Dakota 1 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 2
National Semifinal

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 35 GP, 7-11-18, +8, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 36 saves on 37 shots
Season totals: 37 GP, 26-5-6, 1.86 GAA, .935 sv%, 4 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Minnesota scored a shorthanded goal with .6 seconds left in regulation, sending the Gophers to the national championship game at the Frozen Four in Philadelphia. The No. 2 Gophers will face top-ranked Union on Saturday night. O’Donnell was on the ice for UND’s lone goal, scored less than a minute after Minnesota had taken a 1-0 lead in the third period over their longtime rivals. Wilcox stopped 36 shots, including four during UND’s last minute power play. Justin Holl scored the game winner for the Gophers, finding the puck in his skates in front of the UND net and sliding the puck home. Minnesota had just won an own-zone faceoff with 10 seconds left and rushed up the ice hoping to avoid overtime. They did, and now have a chance at a championship.

O’Donnell’s junior season ends with career highs in goals, assists, and points. All signs point to him returning to North Dakota for his senior season next fall.

*USCHO poll used

Bolt Prospect of the Week: March 31, 2014

We continue our Bolt Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

The Bolt Prospect of the Week for March 24, 2014 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA - USA).

Adam Wilcox’s trophy mantle is filling up. It’s a good thing the Bolt Prospect of the Week award doesn’t come with a big, honkin’ trophy.

NCAA Game Night: 3-30-14

No. 8 St. Cloud State Huskies 0 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
West Regional Finals

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 24 shots, shutout
Season totals: 36 GP, 25-5-6, 1.89 GAA, .934 sv%, 4 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Adam Wilcox stopped all 24 shots he faced and freshman Justin Kloos (undrafted) scored twice to lead the Gophers back to the Frozen Four with a 4-0 win over St. Cloud State. Kloos was named MVP for the region. Minnesota’s defense was solid all night, limiting the Huskies to just a few scoring chances, but when they occurred, Wilcox stood tall. Minnesota will play Lightning prospect Brendan O’Donnell and the Gophers’ former WCHA rival, North Dakota in Philadelphia. Union plays Boston College in the other national semifinal. The Frozen Four features three top seeds and one fourth seed, North Dakota. The tournament gets underway April 10.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 3-29-14

No. 6 Ferris State Bulldogs 1 vs No. 13 North Dakota 2 (2OT)
Midwest Regional Finals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Conner Gaarder (undrafted) scored at 2:28 of the second overtime to send North Dakota to the Frozen Four as Midwest Region champs. O’Donnell was on the ice when the game-winner was scored. Ferris State outshot UND 45-26, including 12-2 in the third period and 14-6 in the first overtime, but UND goaltender Zane Gothberg (Bruins) held steady.

Robert Morris Colonials 3 vs No. 2 Minnesota Golden Gophers 7
West Regional Semifinals

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 22 saves on 25 shots
Season totals: 35 GP, 24-5-6, 1.94 GAA, .932 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers scored the game’s first four goals and never looked back, defeating the Colonials, 7-3, to advance to the West Regional Finals against the winner of St. Cloud State and Notre Dame. The closest RMU got was 4-2 before Minnesota extended their lead.

*USCHO poll used

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