We continue our 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 Prospect of the Week for February 3, 2014 is … Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA – USA).
They call Adam Wilcox “the Iron Man.” The Gophers goalie and Tampa Bay Lightning sixth round draft pick (2011) has the Marvel Comics character on his mask and has played in nearly every game since starting his collegiate career with the University of Minnesota.
Ontario Hockey League
Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds 1 @ North Bay Battalion 2
D Dylan Blujus, NB: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 3-16-19, +4, 42 PIM
2012-13 totals: 68 GP, 2-27-29, -8, 57 PIM
North Bay put forth a strong defensive effort, limiting the Soo to 22 shots and one en route to a 2-1 win. The Soo is one of the “big 4” in the OHL, with the third most points in the league and a playoff berth clinched. North Bay moved to within two points of Sudbury for second in the Eastern Conference.
Michigan State Spartans 0 @ No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 1
G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 19 saves on 19 shots, shutout, *Second Star*
Season totals: 25 GP, 18-2-5, 1.96 GAA, .931 sv%, 3 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO
Wilcox got his third shutout of the year and kept pace behind national leader Michael Garteig of Quinnipiac for the wins lead as Minnesota blanked visiting Michigan State, 1-0. Wilcox matched last year’s shutout total and got his save percentage back over .930. Wilcox hasn’t suffered a loss since Thanksgiving.
*USCHO poll used
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Halifax Mooseheads 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand 4 (SO)
C/W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-1-2, -1, 0 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit, 14/26 FO, *Second Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 21-50-71, +28, 34 PIM
2011-2012 Season: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM
Drouin was reportedly spectacular on Saturday night, scoring a goal and an assist, but Halifax lost in a shootout, 4-3. Drouin had his shootout attempt saved by first star Etienne Marcoux (undrafted). Drouin, who hit the 70-point mark for the season in the game, was second star.
Ontario Hockey League
London Knights 5 @ Barrie Colts 4
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 9 PIM
Season totals: 46 GP, 9-20-29, +22, 96 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
Dotchin (pictured) fought Chandler Yakimowicz (2014) and was charged with an instigator penalty. Yakimowicz, a rookie with one assist to his name, apparently had a questionable hit on Colt center Zach Hall, so Dotchin jumped in. Dotchin reportedly went down injured in the fight and Yakimowicz threw another punch. Per hockeyfights.com, Dotchin has four fights in his OHL career and he’s received an instigator on three of them.
Kingston Frontenacs 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 4
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 14-36-50, +13, 33 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen’s assist gave him 50 points for the season. He’s one off his career high, set in considerably more games last year.
Guelph Storm 1 @ Windsor Spitfires 3
D Slater Koekkoek, WSR: 0-1-1, +2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 47 GP, 12-29-41, +40, 30 PIM
2012-13 totals: 42 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek reached the plus-40 mark in an upset win over Guelph on Saturday night. The Windsor captain finished plus-2 in the game and had the lone assist on the game-winning goal, scored with just over three minutes left in regulation. He was on the ice for Windsor’s empty-netter to seal the victory.
Syracuse starts February with a moral victory after facing some extreme adversity.
ECHL loaner Allan York allowed 2 goals on 31 shots before allowing 2 of 3 Norfolk shooters to convert in the penalty shot session for the SO Loss. That's better goaltending, statistically, than Syracuse has been getting lately. With their preferred backup option experiencing plane trouble, the Crunch had 40-something year old John Parks backing up York for the price of 3 crisp $100 bills and one personalized, authentic, Crunch alternate jersey, which he got to keep. These extraordinary circumstances, of course, made it a remarkable moral victory that Syracuse got a point out of the game. And, luckily, with Ben Bishop feeling well enough for the Lightning, Kristers Gudlevskis has been returned to the Crunch moving forward.
SYR DiSalvatore, (4) (Tyrell, Angelidis), 10:20
NOR Ezekiel, (1) , 9:57
NOR Eminger, (1) (Ezekiel, Laganiere), 15:39
SYR Tyrell, (5) , 2:05 (SH)
NOR- Grant, Etem
Dana Tyrell was the game's second star.
If the playoffs started today, Norfolk would be the 4 seed in the Eastern Conference. So, again, with an ECHL loaner and "some dude" off the street as backup, that's not an unimpressive result for the Crunch. It shows what this team is capable of pulling off when focused. Let's hope that with the disastrous month of January behind them and Gudlevskis back in the fold, Syracuse can parlay that into a good month of hockey. They face Rochester next on Wednesday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.