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The national runner-up Gophers landed three players on the All-USCHO teams.
Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly was named to the first team, sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox to the second team, and junior forward Kyle Rau to the third team.
Reilly played a big role on the back and front end for the Gophers this season. He was the third-best scorer with 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and had a plus-minus of plus-19.
Wilcox finished the season with a 26-6-6 record, 1.97 goals-against average, and .932 save percentage. He was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker and Mike Richter Awards.
Rau took over the points lead late in the season after scoring seven goals in the last 11 games to finish with 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists). He contributed three assists in the Frozen Four.
National champion Union led all teams with with four players honored. St. Cloud State's Nic Dowd was a second team mention.
Connor Hellebuyck, sophomore goaltender, Massachusetts-Lowell
Shayne Gostisbehere, junior defenseman, Union
Mike Reilly, sophomore defenseman, Minnesota
Johnny Gaudreau, junior forward, Boston College
Kevin Hayes, senior forward, Boston College
Greg Carey, senior forward, St. Lawrence
Adam Wilcox, sophomore goaltender, Minnesota
Ben Hutton, sophomore defenseman, Maine
Mat Bodie, senior defenseman, Union
Cody Wydo, junior forward, Robert Morris
Nic Dowd, senior forward, St. Cloud State
Daniel Carr, senior forward, Union
Colin Stevens, junior goaltender, Union
Jake McCabe, junior defenseman, Wisconsin
Steve Weinstein, junior defenseman, Bentley
Kyle Rau, junior forward, Minnesota
Devin Shore, sophomore forward, Maine
Josh Archibald, junior forward, Nebraska-Omaha