Gophers hockey’s Reilly, Rau and Wilcox earn national honors

MINNEAPOLIS — One day before the Minnesota men’s hockey team is set to play in the national championship game, several Gophers players earned individual accolades.

Sophomore defenseman Mike Reilly earned first team All-American honors on Friday, while junior captain Kyle Rau and sophomore goalie Adam Wilcox were named second team All-Americans.

Reilly became the team’s first first-team All-American since Ryan Stoa in 2009. He finished the season with 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and also won the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award, as well as a first team All-Big Ten selection.

Rau, one of Minnesota’s two team captains, earned second-team honors after scoring 14 goals and adding 25 assists this season. Those numbers also helped him earn second team All-Big Ten honors.

Wilcox, who made 36 saves in Thursday’s 2-1 semifinal win over North Dakota, was also the Big Ten Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. His 1.86 goals-against average and .930 save percentage both rank second in the nation.

Minnesota will face Union on Saturday night in Philadelphia in the national championship game.

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