Steady Skjei developing into two-way defender for Minnesota

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Brady Skjei - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota defenseman and New York Rangers prospect Brady Skjei has been a steady defensive performer for the Golden Gophers in 2013-14, a trait that should come in handy as Minnesota moves on to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

University of Minnesota sophomore defenseman Brady Skjei (NYR) has become an integral part of the Golden Gophers success this season, particularly from the defensive standpoint. But the Lakeville, MN native isn't all poke checks and shot blocks as he has also contributed on offense, posting 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 38 games to date.

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Little adjustments paying off in big way for Minnesota’s Wilcox

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Adam Wilcox - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota goaltender and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Adam Wilcox celebrates his school’s 4-0 win over St. Cloud State University, a win that sends the Golden Gophers to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

It’s been a banner year so far for University of Minnesota sophomore goaltender Adam Wilcox (TBL). The South St. Paul, MN native is a finalist for the Mike Richter Award and a top 10 finalist for this year’s Hobey Baker Award.

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Huskies’ sniper Brodzinski developing a more complete game

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Jonny Brodzinski - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State University forward and Los Angeles Kings prospect Jonny Brodzinski led the Huskies in scoring for the 2013-14 season with 41 points in 38 games (courtesy of St. Cloud State)

St. Cloud State University sophomore Jonny Brodzinski may not have led his team in goals this season as he did in 2012-13 – senior and fellow Los Angeles Kings prospect Nic Dowd earned the honor this season with 22 markers. But Brodzinski traded the goal-scoring crown to instead finish as the Huskies leading scorer with 41 points (21 goals, 20 assists) in 38 games.

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Minnesota advances to Frozen Four after dominant win in West Regional final

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Justin Kloos - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota freshman Justin Kloos earned Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA West Regional after netting two goals in Minnesota’s 4-0 win over St. Cloud State University. The win sends Minnesota to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

The University of Minnesota completed the four-team field that will be headed to Philadelphia in two weeks for the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four after a dominating 4-0 performance against intra-state rival St. Cloud State University in the West Regional final on Sunday night.

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Boston College downs UMass Lowell to advance to Frozen Four

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Ian McCoshen - Boston College

Photo: Boston College defenseman and Florida Panthers prospect Ian McCoshen celebrates with teammates after scoring the eventual winning goal in the Eagles 4-3 victory over UMass Lowell, a win that sends that school to the 2014 Frozen Four (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

A day after Boston College’s top line went off for six goals, it was second-line winger Ryan Fitzgerald and bottom-pairing defenseman Ian McCoshen who were the difference makers.

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