NCAA/USHS

NCAA Game Night: 10-11-14

No. 2 North Dakota 2 @ Bemidji State Beavers 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota avenged a Friday night loss to the Beavers by winning 2-1 on Saturday. O’Donnell didn’t start on the first line, but did manage a primary assist.

Bentley Falcons 3 vs No. 15 Quinnipiac Bobcats 5

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-1-2, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
2014-2015 totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM

Quinnipiac opened their 2014-2015 season with a win over Bentley, though it didn’t come easy. The Bobcats needed a late empty net goal to provide breathing room against the Falcons. Peca played first line center for QU and contributed a goal and an assist.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 10-10-14

No. 20 Boston University Terriers 8 vs UMass Minutemen 1

D John MacLeod, BU: 0-1-1, +1, 6 PIM, 1 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 19 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 36 PIM

“Johnny-Mac” (pictured) notched his first collegiate point and all-everything freshman Jack Eichel had two goals and four points as the Terriers put a snowman up on the UMass scoreboard, 8-1. There were three penalties in the game, all on MacLeod.

Bemidji State Beavers 4 vs No. 2 North Dakota 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
2013-2014 totals: 34 GP, 7-11-18, +7, 10 PIM

North Dakota was routed in their season debut, 4-1 by Bemidji State. As expected, O’Donnell started on UND’s first line. Blackhawks first rounder Nick Schmaltz was the only North Dakota player to register a goal. Brendan Harms (undrafted) had two goals for the Beavers.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4
Ice Breaker Tournament at Notre Dame

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 27 shots
2013-2014 totals: 38 GP, 26-6-6, 1.97 GAA, .932 sv%, 4 SO

The Gophers had a 4-1 lead against the rival Bulldogs, but J.T. Brown’s alma mater cut Minnesota’s lead to 4-3 in the third period. Wilcox shut the door the rest of the way. The Lightning prospect and Hobey Baker candidate was beaten by a weak-side one-timer in the crease, a wrist shot from the RW circle, and a low-high one-timer from behind the net.

*USCHO poll used

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.

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