MINNEAPOLIS Freshman goaltender Adam Wilcox had heard all about the rivalry between his Minnesota Gophers and the University of North Dakota growing up in South St. Paul and spending the past few months in Minnesota's locker room.
The rivalry, described by some involved as "hatred," is hard to escape in Minnesota or North Dakota. Hearing about the rivalry and experiencing it are vastly different. Wilcox had been through the buildup, but never been involved in the rivalry.
It should be no shock that he handled his first experience against North Dakota as seamlessly as he has his move into the No. 1 goaltender spot for the Gophers. Nothing seems to bother the freshman, not even the green and black of North Dakota's forwards bearing down on him.
"It was weird," said Wilcox, who made 24 saves in Minnesota's 5-1 win Friday night. "Growing up and seeing them across the border, it's always like, kind of in shock when you first get on the ice with them. But when it starts, it's just lik...