Gophers’ Wilcox shut down the fifth best offense in the nation as the Gophers defeat the Huskies

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Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

The Minnesota Gophers defeated the St. Cloud State Huskies 4-1 to wrap up the first day of the inaugural North Star College Cup Hockey Tournament on January 24, 2014.  In the early game the University of Minnesota Duluth took care of business against the Mankato State Mavericks.

The Gophers came out lethargic in the first period and, despite leaving the period with a 1-0 lead, were severely outplayed by the Huskies.  The Gophers’ Travis Boyd was able to score on the power-play about nine minutes into the game.  The score at the end of the first period was 1-0 in favor of the Gophers but that was only due to the incredible goalie play of Gopher net minder Adam Wilcox who stopped all 16 shots in the first period, many in crowds or on one-timers.

The second period saw the Gophers add two goals (one even strength, one power play) and the Huskies scored their only goal of the game at even strength in the twelfth minute of play.

Explore our interactive photo from the second period.

Adam Wilcox improved to 17-2-3 on the year with the win.  He was easily the most valuable player for the Gophers as he frustrated Huskies snipers all game with brilliant saves. Wilcox faced 39 shots and saved 38 of them in the victory.

Tomorrow, January 25, 2014, the University of Minnesota Gophers (Twin Cities) will face the University of Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs for bragging rights and to be crowned the first-ever North Start College Cup Champion.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for coverage and photos from the consolation and final games tomorrow, January 25, 2014 from the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota.