NCAA/USHS

TBT: Nothing puzzling about Lightning goalie prospect Adam Wilcox's development

By Damian Cristodero, Tampa Bay Times

University of Minnesota goalie Adam Wilcox claims he can solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle in "about a minute."

Yeah, right, said laughing Gophers goaltenders coach Justin Johnson. "Maybe if he was doing just one side."

No, really, Wilcox said, "It's just kind of learning patterns. You have to take it step by step."

And that is exactly how Wilcox has turned himself into one of the nation's top freshman goalies and one of the Lightning's most interesting and promising prospects.

For the rest of this story, see the Tampa Bay Times.

NCAA Game Night: 12-14-12

No. 5 Miami RedHawks 1 @ Ohio State Buckeyes 1 (OT)

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: Did not play
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 8 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was not in the lineup on Friday night in Columbus.

No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Princeton Tigers 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 8 PIM

The Bobcats went into Princeton and completed their weekend sweep of the Tigers. One night after limiting Princeton to 12 shots, QU held them to 18 shots on goal. Quinnipiac is running away with the ECAC at 8-0.

No. 8 North Dakota 6 @ Michigan Tech Huskies 1

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 8 PIM

Corban Knight (Panthers) had two goals and two assists to lead UND to a big win over Michigan Tech.

No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4 @ Michigan Wolverines 1

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 1-0-1, E, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-3-4, -4, 14 PIM

Broncos captain Luke Witkowski’s first goal of the season – scored on the power play – turned out to be the game-winner as WMU won their sixth straight game, defeating Michigan, 4-1, on Friday night. Witkowski’s career-high for goals in a season is two, set both as a freshman and last year as a junior. WMU has won six games in a row.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-10-12

UMass-Lowell River Hawks 5 @ No. 18 Harvard Crimson 0

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-2-3, +3, 6 PIM

On the day they climbed to No. 18 in the USCHO poll, Harvard was crushed at home by unranked UMass-Lowell.

NCAA Game Night: 12-8-12

Lake Superior State Lakers 1 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 0

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 8 PIM

Lakers goalie Kevin Murdock (undrafted, pictured), who was born in Bradenton, Florida, stopped 46 shots to lead LSSU to a 1-0 win over No. 3 Miami.

No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3 @ Princeton Tigers 0

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, +2, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 4-1-5, +3, 6 PIM

The Bobcats went into Princeton and completed their weekend sweep of the Tigers. One night after limiting Princeton to 12 shots, QU held them to 18 shots on goal. Quinnipiac is running away with the ECAC at 8-0.

No. 6 Denver Pioneers 3 @ No. 9 North Dakota 6

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, E, 4 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 8 PIM

UND finished their big weekend series with Denver 1-0-1. The Pioneers still lead the WCHA with 16 points, three ahead of fifth-place North Dakota.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 4 (OT)

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Tie, 23 saves on 27 shots
Season totals: 16 GP, 10-2-3, 1.78 GAA, .920 sv%, 2 SO

Minnesota had leads of 3-0 and 4-1, but couldn’t make them stand up against a potent Colorado College offense led by Alexander Krushelnyski (undrafted), son of former NHLer Mike Krushelnyski. The younger Krushelnyski took over the third period, scoring twice and setting up the game-tying goal in the closing seconds with CC’s goalie pulled. The tying goal was scored when Krushelnyski make a long pass from the half-wall to a teammate standing behind the Minnesota defense on the weak side. Wilcox lunged at the one-timed shot, but couldn’t stop it. Wilcox will head into the Christmas break with 10 wins, which is outstanding – especially for a freshman. The Gophers are second in the WCHA by one point behind Denver.

No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 1 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 2

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM

The Broncos completed their weekend sweep of the Bulldogs with a 2-1 win on Saturday night. WMU scored both of their goals in the third period. Western Michigan is 7-2-1 in conference play, third behind Notre Dame and Miami.

*USCHO poll used

NCAA Game Night: 12-7-12

No. 20 Harvard Crimson 2 @ Merrimack Warriors 2

F Brian Hart, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-2-3, +4, 6 PIM

Harvard had a 2-0 lead on the Warriors before Merrimack fought back for a tie.

Lake Superior State Lakers 2 @ No. 3 Miami RedHawks 3

F Jimmy Mullin, MIA: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 2-4-6, -1, 6 PIM

Jimmy Mullin was scoreless coming off his first multi-point game of the year, but Miami got a win over visiting Lake Superior State, 3-2.

Princeton Tigers 1 @ No. 13 Quinnipiac Bobcats 3

F Matthew Peca, QU: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-1-5, +1, 6 PIM

The Bobcats gave up just 12 shots on goal in their win, which was their seventh in conference play against no losses.

No. 6 Denver Pioneers 2 @ No. 9 North Dakota 2

F Brendan O’Donnell, UND: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM, 2 SOG
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -5, 4 PIM

The teams were deadlocked at two goals apiece midway through the game, but neither team could get a game-winner.

No. 4 Minnesota Golden Gophers 4 @ No. 19 Colorado College Tigers 2

G Adam Wilcox, MIN: Win, 24 saves on 26 shots
Season totals: 15 GP, 10-2-2, 1.64 GAA, .925 sv%, 2 SO

Wilcox has now won seven of his last eight games for the Gophers. Like many of his wins, he was protecting a small lead for the majority of the game before the Gophers were able to get an insurance goal. Wilcox was recently named HCA Division I Rookie of the Month for November, which is a national award.

No. 16 Ferris State Bulldogs 2 @ No. 7 Western Michigan Broncos 4

D Luke Witkowski, WMU: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG
Season totals: 12 GP, 0-3-3, -4, 14 PIM

The Broncos won again, this time beating visiting Ferris State, 4-2. Witkowski leads WMU in blocked shots for the season with 14.

*USCHO poll used

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