MINNEAPOLIS Adam Wilcox came to the University of Minnesota campus this fall for a job interview of sorts.
The freshman from South St. Paul was in a competition with junior Mike Shibrowski to become Golden Gophers' starting goaltender. For the first few weeks of the college hockey season, Minnesota coach Don Lucia played each goalie for one game a weekend to see how they handled certain situations.
But there was one game and perhaps even one play in October when Wilcox seized the starting job and made it his own.
"There was a particular save up in Michigan Tech where he was sliding one way and the puck got tipped back, and he made just this tremendous glove save off a reaction," said Justin Johnson, a volunteer assistant coach who works with Minnesota's goalies. "That's where we looked at it and said, 'Wow, this kid is really seeing the puck well. He's ready for the types of mishaps and tips and stuff that happen. He's ready to play.'"
With that performance, Wilcox became the...