Adam Wilcox steady in net for Gophers hockey

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 6:30 AM

Sophomore Adam Wilcox will start his 40th consecutive game in goal for the Gophers on Friday.

 

It’s tough to imagine Adam Wilcox blocking pucks in a pair of 3-D glasses. ¶ The Gophers sophomore goalie is most recognizable in his bulky helmet with his blue eyes peering through the mask, but he’s just as effective in the 3-D shades he uses for vision training.

Wilcox added vision training classes to his routine a year ago to fine-tune reflexes, tracking and visual memory that help him do more than just keep his eyes locked on the puck. The traits are several of the reasons he’s become recognized as one of the best goalies in college hockey; several teammates call him as the backbone of the Gophers.

“There’s glass and stuff. You do some 3-D stuff. I don’t even know what it does, it just works,” Wilcox said. “It’s really important for me, because I consider myself a reactive goalie instead of a blocking, positional [goalie]. So it helps with that.”

The Gophers are at Bemidji State this weekend for a nonconference series after winning the Ice Breaker tournament Saturday at Mariucci Arena with a 3-2 victory over New Hampshire, No. 13 this week in USCHO’s weekly poll.

Mariucci Arena erupted as Wilcox stopped several of the Wildcats’ last-second shots and rose to its feet when he gloved the potential game-tying goal with 7.3 seconds left. He recognized the changing direction of a deflected shot, moving right to left to save what would be New Hampshire’s last shot of the night.

Co-captain Nate Condon thanked his goalie with a tap on the helmet. The Gophers student section bowed to Wilcox.

Wilcox has proved worthy of praise. His 25-8-5 record in 38 starts last season tied a team record for victories by a freshman. A 1.88 goals-against average set a single-season Gophers record. He opened the Icebreaker with a 6-0 shutout of Mercyhurst.

“What I like about Adam is he makes the timely saves,” coach Don Lucia said.

After last weekend’s dramatic finish Lucia said, “Adam didn’t have to make a lot of saves, but like he always does, he makes that crucial one late in the game.”

On an island

Consistently strong Gophers defense this season had limited opposing shots on goal, and when the team’s offense is buzzing, a Gophers goalie can feel lonely on the opposite end of the ice. And that doesn’t always keep a goalie sharp.

In the second period against New Hampshire last week, Wilcox saw just three shots on goal. But when the Wildcats turned up the pressure in the third period, Wilcox shut them down.

Listed at 6-1 and 185 pounds, Wilcox is often referred to by the coaching staff as athletic.

At South St. Paul, he quarterbacked the football team. His cousin, Alex Stalock, is a goalie for the San Jose Sharks. A pair of cousins played Division III hockey. And another cousin runs a CrossFit high-intensity training program in the Twin Cities, something Wilcox participated in for a couple of weeks.

Flexibility doesn’t come as easy for him, but in the heat of the moment Wilcox said he somehow can do the splits.

“As a smaller goalie, that’s kind of my play. So it kind of plays hand-in-hand,” Wilcox said about vision, speed and strength equating to reaction time.

Fighting for a job?

  • related content

  • Video: Lucia breaks down first road opponent Bemidji State

    Wednesday October 16, 2013

    Coach says the Gophers biggest challenge will be playing on the road.

  • Series preview: Gophers hockey at Bemidji State

    Thursday October 17, 2013

    GAME PREVIEW: NO. 3 GOPHERS AT BEMIDJI STATE7:37 p.m. Friday and 7:07 p.m. Saturday at the Sanford CenterTV/radio: Fox Sports...

  • Video: Sam Warning credits Gophers teammates for hot start

    Thursday October 17, 2013

    No exhibition warmup necessary for the Ice Breaker Tournament MVP and one of the Big Ten's Three Stars.

  • Chart: Adam Wilcox at a glance

    Thursday October 17, 2013

    Worthy Wilcox Gophers sophomore Adam Wilcox has quickly become one of the best college goaltenders.Hometown: South St. Paul...

  • Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox had a sensational freshman season, tying or setting several records. Now he hopes to build on it.

  • Gophers goalie Adam Wilcox had a sensational freshman season, tying or setting several records. Now he hopes to build on it his second season at Minnesota.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

NY Mets 12:05 PM
Atlanta
Philadelphia 12:05 PM
NY Yankees
Detroit 12:05 PM
Baltimore
Toronto 12:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Cincinnati 2:05 PM
Cleveland
San Diego 2:05 PM
Seattle
Chicago WSox 2:05 PM
Los Angeles
Kansas City 2:05 PM
Texas
Oakland 2:05 PM
San Francisco
Wisc-Milwaukee 2:05 PM
Milwaukee
Arizona 2:10 PM
Colorado
Univ of Minnesota 6:05 PM
Minnesota
New York 6:00 PM
Indiana
Phoenix 6:00 PM
Orlando
Cleveland 6:30 PM
Toronto
Utah 6:30 PM
Boston
Charlotte 6:30 PM
Brooklyn
Denver 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Detroit 7:00 PM
New Orleans
LA Lakers 7:00 PM
Miami
Philadelphia 7:00 PM
Oklahoma City
Memphis 7:00 PM
Houston
Sacramento 7:30 PM
San Antonio
Milwaukee 9:30 PM
Golden State
Portland 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Winnipeg
NY Rangers 7:00 PM
Detroit
Pittsburgh 9:00 PM
Colorado
Montreal 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Longwood 16 1st Half 11:16
Presbyterian 16
Campbell 1:00 PM
Gardner-Webb
Liberty 5:00 PM
UNC-Asheville
Ohio State 5:00 PM
Penn State
Maine 6:00 PM
Albany
Duquesne 6:00 PM
Fordham
George Washington 6:00 PM
George Mason
Tennessee 6:00 PM
LSU
Notre Dame 6:00 PM
Louisville
SE Missouri St 6:00 PM
Morehead State
St Francis-PA 6:00 PM
Mount St Marys
Hartford 6:00 PM
New Hampshire
Wagner 6:00 PM
Robert Morris
Long Island 6:00 PM
St Francis-NY
La Salle 6:00 PM
Saint Josephs
Providence 6:00 PM
Seton Hall
UCF 6:00 PM
South Florida
Binghamton 6:00 PM
Stony Brook
UMBC 6:00 PM
Vermont
Sacred Heart 6:00 PM
Bryant
Richmond 6:30 PM
Massachusetts
Wake Forest 7:00 PM
Duke
Purdue 7:00 PM
Michigan State
Miami-Florida 7:00 PM
Pittsburgh
St Bonaventure 7:00 PM
Saint Louis
New Mexico St 7:00 PM
TX-Pan American
Houston 7:00 PM
Tulane
Howard 7:00 PM
NJIT
SIU Edwardsville 8:00 PM
Eastern Ill
St Johns 8:00 PM
Marquette
TCU 8:00 PM
Oklahoma State
Cincinnati 8:00 PM
Tulsa
USC 8:00 PM
UCLA
Miss State 8:00 PM
Vanderbilt
Utah State 8:00 PM
Wyoming
Air Force 9:00 PM
Fresno State
Nebraska 9:00 PM
Illinois
Colorado State 9:00 PM
Nevada
Boise State 9:00 PM
San Jose St
San Diego St 10:00 PM
UNLV
Oregon 10:00 PM
Oregon State
UC Santa Barbara 10:59 PM
Hawaii
Toledo 14 1st Half 10:10
Northern Ill 16
Wake Forest 12:00 PM
Boston College
Eastern Illinois 12:00 PM
UT Martin
Austin Peay 2:00 PM
SIU-Edwardsville
Virginia Tech 2:30 PM
NC State
Massachusetts 3:30 PM
St Bonaventure
Auburn 4:00 PM
Florida
Penn State 5:00 PM
Indiana
Clemson 5:30 PM
Georgia Tech
Davidson 6:00 PM
La Salle
Youngstown St 6:00 PM
Cleveland State
Coll of Charleston 6:00 PM
James Madison
Delaware 6:00 PM
Elon
Drexel 6:00 PM
Northeastern
Hofstra 6:00 PM
UNC-Wilmington
Towson 6:00 PM
William & Mary
Miami-Ohio 6:00 PM
Akron
Ball State 6:00 PM
Central Michigan
Buffalo 6:00 PM
Bowling Green
Western Mich 6:00 PM
Eastern Michigan
Ohio U 6:00 PM
Kent State
Illinois-Chicago 6:00 PM
Wright State
Loyola-Maryland 6:00 PM
Lafayette
Boston U 6:00 PM
Colgate
Alabama 6:25 PM
Vanderbilt
Detroit 7:00 PM
Milwaukee
Purdue 7:25 PM
Wisconsin
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Who is the best center on a Twin Cities sports team?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close