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Wilcox leads array of Gophers' Big Ten hockey season honors, voted Player of the Year

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: March 17, 2014 - 5:45 PM

The regular-season champion Gophers nearly swept Big Ten hockey’s top individual honors on Monday afternoon.

Gophers sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox was named the conference’s inaugural Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. Defenseman Mike Reilly was the Defensive Player of the Year. Don Lucia claimed Coach of the Year.

Five other Gophers were recognized on the All-Big Ten Team. Forward Kyle Rau earned Second Team, while forwards Hudson Fasching and Sam Warning, and defensemen Ben Marshall and Brady Skjei were Honorable Mentions. Fasching was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

Senior co-captain Nate Condon was one of six Sportsmanship Award honorees.

Wilcox defied tradition by claiming the top-player award. He leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with 23 wins (23-4-6), a .934 save percentage, and 1.91 goals-against average. He gave up just 30 goals in 18 conference games. His save percentage is a single-season record for the Gophers.

Reilly not only helped lead the Big Ten’s top defense, but played a big role in the Gophers’ offense. He led all conference defensemen with 29 points (eight goals, 21 assists) and ranked among the nation’s top 10 scoring defensemen.

Lucia guided the Gophers to a program-best three consecutive regular-season championships as they transition into the new hockey conference. The Gophers finished with a 25-5-6 record and 14-3-3-0 Big Ten record to claim the regular-season trophy.  

It’s Lucia’s fourth Coach of the Year honor (Western Collegiate Hockey Association Coach of the Year 1994, 1996, 2006) in his 15th season leading the Gophers.

Rau led the Gophers in scoring this season with 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) capped by Friday night’s overtime game-winning goal against Michigan that clinched the Big Ten title. 

Fasching led Big Ten freshmen with 12 goals and was second in points with 28. Michigan’s JT Compher was the Freshman of the Year.

2013-14 All-Big Ten Hockey Team
As selected by Big Ten coaches and Media Voting Panel

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (DEFENSEMAN OR FORWARD): Mike Reilly, D, Minnesota

GOALTENDER OF THE YEAR: Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: JT Compher, F, Michigan

COACH OF THE YEAR: Don Lucia, Minnesota

FIRST TEAM
Ryan Dzingel, F, Ohio State
Michael Mersch, F, Wisconsin
Mark Zengerle, F, Wisconsin
Mike Reilly, D, Minnesota
Jake McCabe, D, Wisconsin
Adam Wilcox, G, Minnesota

SECOND TEAM
JT Compher, F, Michigan
Kyle Rau, F, Minnesota
Nic Kerdiles, F, Wisconsin
Mac Bennett, D, Michigan
Frankie Simonelli, D, Wisconsin
Joel Rumpel, G, Wisconsin

HONORABLE MENTION
Andrew Copp, F, Michigan
Alex Guptill, F, Michigan
Greg Wolfe, F, Michigan State
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota
Sam Warning, F, Minnesota

Jake Chelios, D, Michigan State
Ben Marshall, D, Minnesota
Brady Skjei, D, Minnesota

Jake Hildebrand, G, Michigan State

ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM
JT Compher, F, Michigan
Hudson Fasching, F, Minnesota
Nick Schilkey, F, Ohio State
Michael Downing, D, Michigan
Drew Brevig, D, Ohio State
Christian Frey, G, Ohio State 

BIG TEN SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES
Luke Moffatt, Michigan; Greg Wolfe, Michigan State; Nate Condon, Minnesota; Tanner Fritz, Ohio State; David Glen, Penn State; Frankie Simonelli, Wisconsin 

Note: I'll be hosting a Gophers hockey live chat on Wednesday at 2 p.m. If you have any questions you want me to track down in advance, email them to me. Thanks.

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Cincinnati - LP: J. Broxton 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: T. Watson 2
Minnesota - LP: T. May 1 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 9
NY Yankees - WP: C. Capuano 6 FINAL
Toronto - LP: M. Buehrle 3
Philadelphia - LP: J. Diekman 1 FINAL
NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom 4
Boston - WP: A. Ranaudo 8 FINAL
Tampa Bay - LP: C. Archer 4
Miami - LP: C. Hatcher 2 FINAL
Atlanta - WP: D. Carpenter 5
Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar 6 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: J. Vargas 1
Detroit - WP: J. Verlander 7 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll 1
Texas - WP: S. Baker 13 FINAL
Houston - LP: B. Oberholtzer 6
Chicago Cubs - WP: N. Ramirez 7 FINAL
St. Louis - LP: P. Neshek 2
Colorado - LP: R. Brothers 2 FINAL
Arizona - WP: B. Ziegler 5
Oakland - LP: J. Lester 0 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: J. Weaver 4
Los Angeles - LP: K. Correia 2 FINAL
San Diego - WP: T. Stauffer 3
Washington - WP: J. Zimmermann 8 FINAL
Seattle - LP: F. Hernandez 3
Milwaukee - LP: W. Peralta 2 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: R. Vogelsong 13
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 35 FINAL
Connecticut 10
(6) Jacksonville St 7 FINAL
(8) Michigan State 45
Bowling Green 31 FINAL
Western Ky 59
TX-San Antonio 27 FINAL
Houston 7
Colorado State 31 FINAL
Colorado 17
UNLV 13 FINAL
Arizona 58
Penn State 7 2nd Qtr 12:26
UCF 3
Troy 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
Houston 3 FINAL
Sporting Kansas City 1
Ottawa 10 FINAL
Montreal 20
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 71 FINAL
Phoenix 85
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Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St. 2:30 pm
Sep 13 - at TCU 3 pm
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Oct 18 - vs. Purdue 11 am
Oct 25 - at Illinois 11 am
Nov 8 - vs. Iowa TBA
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Nov 22 - at Nebraska TBA
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