NCAA/USHS

Prospect of the Week: February 3, 2014

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.

NCAA Game Night: 2-1-2014

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

NCAA Game Night: 1-31-2014

Princeton Tigers 2 @ Harvard Crimson 3

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 2-7-9, -5, 14 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Predators pick Jimmy Vesey scored his 11th of the season for Harvard in the Crimson’s 3-2 win over Princeton.

No. 3 Quinnipiac Bobcats 8 @ Dartmouth Big Green 1

F Matthew Peca, QU: 1-2-3, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 28 GP, 7-14-21, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Matt Peca had three points as the Bobcats put a snowman on the Dartmouth scoreboard, 8-1. QU has climbed up to No. 3 in the nation in the USCHO poll.

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

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 26 saves on 28 shots
Season totals: 24 GP, 17-2-5, 2.04 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The Gophers got a third period goal from Justin Kloos (undrafted) and Adam Wilcox stopped 26 shots through three periods and overtime in a 2-2 tie with Sparty. MSU won the just-for-show shootout in six rounds, 2-1. Minnesota remains undefeated in Big 10(ish) play, 7-0-2.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-25-2014

Miami RedHawks 6 @ Colorado College Tigers 1

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 21 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was a scratch after playing Friday night’s 4-1 loss at CC.

No. 18 North Dakota 0 @ No. 16 Denver Pioneers 3

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG
Season totals: 17 GP, 3-4-7, -1, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Denver won Saturday to earn a weekend split with UND. O’Donnell’s line combined for six points on Friday night, but failed to register a point on Saturday.

Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 4 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 38 saves on 42 shots
Season totals: 22 GP, 17-2-4, 2.05 GAA, .929 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

Wilcox and the Gophers won the inaugural North Star College Cup with a 5-4 shootout win over the Bulldogs. UMD scored with two minutes left in the third period on a lethal wrist shot that snuck under the crossbar by Wilcox. Overtime was scoreless and Wilcox stopped both shooters he faced in the shootout, including a big glove save on the second opportunity. Both Gopher shooters converted their opportunities to claim the championship.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 1-24-2014

Harvard Crimson 3 @ No. 3 Union Dutchmen 4

F Brian Hart, HAR: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG
Season totals: 19 GP, 2-7-9, -4, 14 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 4-13-17, +1, 10 PIM

Hart’s second goal of the season cut Union’s lead to 3-2 mid-way through the third period, but the Dutchmen scored about a minute later to regain the 2-goal advantage and defeat the Crimson.

Miami RedHawks 1 @ Colorado College Tigers 4

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 20 GP, 1-6-7, +4, 21 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Miami continues to struggle, this time losing to Colorado College on the road. Miami cut a 3-0 lead to 3-1 at 19:14 of the third period, but the Tigers scored an empty netter to eliminate any hope of a comeback.

No. 18 North Dakota 4 @ No. 16 Denver Pioneers 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +1, 3 SOG
Season totals: 16 GP, 3-4-7, E, 6 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell had two points and his linemate, Michael Parks (Flyers), had a goal and an assist to lead UND to a road win in Denver.

No 5 St. Cloud State Huskies 1 vs No. 1 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 38 saves on 39 shots, *First Star*
Season totals: 21 GP, 17-2-3, 1.97 GAA, .931 sv%, 2 SO
2012-2013 totals: 39 GP, 25-8-5, 1.88 GAA, .921 sv%, 3 SO

The top-ranked Gophers secured a berth in the North Star College Cup Finals with a 4-1 win over No. 5 SCSU on Friday night. The tournament is being held in St. Paul. The Gophers will play Minnesota-Duluth in the championship. Adam Wilcox was First Star, stopping 38/39 shots. Wilcox is in the top-10 in the nation in wins, GAA, and save percentage. (M. Christians photo via CHN)

*USCHO poll used

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