NCAA/USHS

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

NCAA Game Night: 3-28-14

No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers 2 vs No. 13 North Dakota 5
Midwest Regional Semifinals

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 33 GP, 7-11-18, +6, 10 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

Fourth-seeded North Dakota upset top-seeded Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional Semifinals, 5-2. The Badgers tied the game at 2 with half a period to go, but O’Donnell’s slapshot from the right point hit teammate Mark MacMillan in the back and bounced into the net to give UND a lead they’d never relinquish. Panthers prospect Rocco Grimaldi scored two empty net goals to give him three goals in the game and seal the win for the former Sioux. UND will meet Ferris State on Saturday for the right to go to the Frozen Four.

No. 10 Providence Friars 4 vs No. 7 Quinnipiac Bobcats 0
East Regional Semifinals

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 40 GP, 12-26-38, +4, 16 PIM
2013-2014 totals: 39 GP, 15-15-30, +14, 36 PIM

Friars goalie Jon Gillies stopped all 37 shots he faced to shut out the second-seeded Bobcats and lead third-seeded Providence to within one win of the Frozen Four. Providence will play Union on Saturday. Peca’s junior season is over and it’s possible he gets a contract offer from Tampa Bay to leave school and join AHL Syracuse. He told the Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson in July that he’d be open to leaving school after his junior season. Whether Lightning GM Steve Yzerman thinks pro hockey is the best thing for Peca now and next year is another story. There isn’t a lot of room in the Syracuse forward ranks for next season. Peca is a special talent with impressive intangibles. He played center this year for the first time in college. He could return to the Bobcats as their frontline center.

NCAA Game Night: 3-22-14

Miami RedHawks 3 vs Denver Pioneers 4
NCHC Finals

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 19 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 23 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 38 GP, 6-8-14, E, 14 PIM

Mullin was scratched with a lower body injury. The RedHawks’ season is likely over after their end-of-year streak that got them within a goal or two of winning the conference title. Mullin will be a senior next year.

Western Michigan Broncos 0 vs No. 10 North Dakota 5
NCHC Third Place Game

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 32 GP, 7-10-17, +7, 8 PIM
2012-2013 totals: 29 GP, 2-8-10, E, 20 PIM

O’Donnell had two assists to help North Dakota to a win in the NCHC Third Place Game.

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