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Minnesota’s Wilcox earns Big Ten player, goaltender of the year honors

wilcoxfront Minnesotas Wilcox earns Big Ten player, goaltender of the year honors

Adam Wilcox is a dual winner as the Minnesota sophomore was named Big Ten player and goaltender of the year Monday (photo: Jim Rosvold).

Minnesota sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox heads up the inaugural Big Ten year-end awards as he was named the conference’s player of the year and goaltender of the year on Monday.

Wilcox is 23-4-6 this season with a 1.91 GAA and a .934 save percentage with three shutouts.

Gophers’ sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly was selected defensive player of the year and Minnesota’s Don Lucia took home coach of the year accolades.

Michigan forward J.T. Compher was a unanimous pick for freshman of the year.

All awards were voted on by Big Ten coaches and a media voting panel.

In addition, the Big Ten announced All-Big Ten First and Second Teams, a team of honorable mention players, the All-Freshman Team and six sportsmanship award honorees.

2014 All-Big Ten First Team

Player's Name
Position
Class
School
Ryan DzingelFJr.Ohio State
Michael MerschFSr.Wisconsin
Mark ZengerleFSr.Wisconsin
Mike ReillyDSo.Minnesota
Jake McCabeDJr.Wisconsin
Adam WilcoxGSo.Minnesota

2014 All-Big Ten Second Team

Player's Name
Position
Class
School
J.T. CompherFFr.Michigan
Kyle RauFJr.Minnesota
Nic KerdilesFSo.Wisconsin
Mac BennettDSr.Michigan
Frankie SimonelliDSr.Wisconsin
Joel RumpelGJr.Wisconsin

2014 Big Ten Honorable Mention

Player's Name
Position
Class
School
Andrew CoppFSo.Michigan
Alex GuptillFJr.Michigan
Greg WolfeFSr.Michigan State
Hudson FaschingFFr.Minnesota
Sam WarningFJr.Minnesota
Jake CheliosDSr.Michigan State
Ben MarshallDJr.Minnesota
Brady SkjeiDSo.Minnesota
Jake HildebrandGSo.Michigan State

2014 Big Ten All-Freshman Team

Player's Name
Position
School
J.T. CompherFMichigan
Hudson FaschingFMinnesota
Nick SchilkeyFOhio State
Michael DowningDMichigan
Drew BrevigDOhio State
Christian FreyGOhio State

2014 Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Winners

Player's Name
Position
Class
School
Luke MoffattFSr.Michigan
Greg WolfeFSr.Michigan State
Nate CondonFSr.Minnesota
Tanner FritzFJr.Ohio State
David GlenFSo.Penn State
Frankie SimonelliDSr.Wisconsin

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  • Satriani92

    Adam Wilcox deserves all the accolades, he is that good and many nights he is the difference between winning and losing for the Gophers. I like the all the picks and salute all of these players. I would have to have seen Justin Kloos on the all freshman team, but it is hard to argue with the selections that were made.

    • GoGophs

      Agreed on Kloos. I don’t really care who is on there, but at least take 2014 Big Ten Goon of the Year michael downing off the list, what a pos

      • kirtR33

        J.T Compher was nominated as Freshmen of the year. But, again, MN fans have reading disability because of their education, so it is ok to read bad and demean others. It is ok to stay in online and say crap so you can feel better and fill your ego. It is always ok to show hatred based on nothing. We understand your frustration, and it is born with you. You are raised like that by your parents. It is ok. We have to understand you since there is no hope fixing it. We understand your incapability to read because of the educational expectation of University of Minnesota.

        Is it because all MN players are short? Is that why you are hating Michael Downing? because your team (and you, most definitely) cannot check because they are too short?

        Drink milk. It helps.

        • GoGophs

          What reading disability do I have, exactly?

        • Brian

          Downing must have some sort of phobia or hatred for players shorter than him. Why else would he get 5 minute major and a DQ two games in a row against MN for contact to the head? Maybe those ‘short’ players are too fast for him defend.

        • patrickolson

          Angry much? Not sure where anyone said that Compher WASN’T freshman of the year…or that he didn’t deserve it.

    • patrickolson

      agreed

  • http://twitter.com/dirtysconsin #1 Wisco SportsFan

    Pfffft…. Rumple-Mintz > Stop-Cox. Congrats tho I guess, the goofs would probs not even be ranked without him.

    • jmo222

      And without Rumpel (spelled correctly) UW wouldn’t be in the top of the league either. All good teams have a good goalie…

      • http://twitter.com/dirtysconsin #1 Wisco SportsFan

        Heh. MY GUYS play all phases of the game. MY GUY Mike Eavs know’s whats up. #ONWISCONSON

        • jmo222

          lol yes Mike Eaves does know whats up that’s why he has a good goaltender.

        • MNGopherGuru

          I’m not even going to say anything about this post except for, good luck in the B1G tourny.

    • thenoke

      Congrats as both are excellent tenders, would have loved to have seen if they would have fared as well in the MSU goal though…Food for thought.

      • Satriani92

        Depends on what facet of “faring well” you mean? GAA and wins are more team stats as opposed to an individual stat and I think both Wilcox and Rumpel would have a higher GAA and fewer wins if they would have been on MSU. However save percentage is more of a individual stat and both of these goal tenders have shown that they can handle the low shot and high shot games with equal ability. Look at Hillebrandt his GAA is higher and he has less wins, but his save percentage is not that far behind Wilcox and Rumpel, he just needs more team support.

        • thenoke

          Your point is solid, however, Wilcox or Rumple do not have that same save % in the MSU net, my opinion.

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