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Bolts Prospects to Go Head-to-Head in Frozen Four

Tuesday, 04.01.2014 / 1:57 PM / Features
By Missy Zielinski  - Lightning Beat Reporter
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Bolts Prospects to Go Head-to-Head in Frozen Four
Lightning prospects Adam Wilcox and Brendan O\'Donnell will face-off against each other when Minnesota and North Dakota play in the Frozen Four

The field for the Frozen Four is set following the conclusion of two regional finals on Sunday. That means that Lightning prospects Adam Wilcox and Brendan O'Donnell will face-off against each other when Minnesota and North Dakota play in the Frozen Four semifinal round Thursday, April 10 in Philadelphia at 8:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Then on Saturday, April 12 the national championship game will be shown live at 7:30 p.m. and feature the winners of Minnesota vs. North Dakota and Union vs. Boston College.

Prospect goaltender Adam Wilcox of the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrates a win over the St. Cloud State Huskies to advance to the NCAA Frozen Four
Adam Wilcox #32 – Goalie, University of Minnesota

Adam Wilcox posted back-to-back wins in the first and second round of the NCAA men's ice hockey tournament to help the top-ranked Golden Gophers earn a bid to the Frozen Four.

After topping Robert Morris 7-3 in the West regional semifinal, Wilcox and the Gophers handed in-state rival, St. Cloud St., a whitewash with a 4-0 victory two days later in the West Regional Final.

In the shutout Wilcox made 24 saves and also recorded his 50th career win. He is now tied for eighth all-time for wins in Minnesota men's ice hockey history.

This will be the Golden Gophers' 21st trip to the Frozen Four.

Brendan O'Donnell #21 – Forward, University of North Dakota

In two straight wins, including an upset of Wisconsin, O'Donnell has registered one assist and is a plus-2 with two penalty minutes for the Sioux.

Three unanswered goals in the third period, including two empty netters, resulted in North Dakota defeating the Badgers, 5-2, in the Midwest Regional Semifinal. Big 10 Champion Wisconsin was the top seed in the region.

O'Donnell assisted on the third tally of the game for the Sioux, which eventually became the game-winner.

A day later in the Midwest Regional Final, just one goal apiece was exchanged in regulation between North Dakota and Ferris St. for a 1-1 game that forced double overtime. Connor Gaarder scored the game-winner 1:28 into the second extra frame as the Sioux defeated the Bulldogs, 2-1.

The pair of dramatic wins also lifted North Dakota from No. 13 to No. 5 in this week's USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. It will be the Sioux's first visit to the Frozen Four since 2011.