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.

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