Patterson helps Minnesota down UND 2-0MINNEAPOLIS — Senior goalie Kent Patterson notched another shutout Friday, leading Minnesota to a 2-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over the University fo North Dakota.
MINNEAPOLIS — Senior goalie Kent Patterson notched another shutout Friday, leading Minnesota to a 2-0 Western Collegiate Hockey Association win over the University fo North Dakota.
Patterson entered his senior season without a shutout to his credit. But he’s been nearly unbeatable with five shutouts in nine games.
Patterson had 24 stops to tie the school record for single-season shutouts. He shares the mark with Robb Stauber, who turned the trick in 1987-88.
“You just have to keep playing,” Patterson said. “It’s great that we’ve got five shutouts. But we’ve got a whole lot of chances left, hopefully we can get some more.”
Nick Bjugstad and Tom Serratorre scored for the WCHA-leading Gophers (8-1-0, 5-0-0), who are off to their best start since 2006-07.
“We knew we would get North Dakota’s best shot tonight,” Minnesota coach Don Lucia said.
Minnesota dominated the offensive zone, outshooting the Sioux 32-24.
UND was 0-for-7 on the power play. The Sioux did not score on a five-minute power play in the second period.
“That was a pivotal point in the game. We did a nice job of not giving them momentum,” Lucia said.
Bjugstad scored on the power play at 12:44 of the second period, but the Gophers let six other chances get away.
Serratorre added an insurance goal midway through the third period. He received a pass after a faceoff in the UND end and beat Aaron Dell on a breakaway.
Dell had 30 saves for UND (3-5-1, 1-4-0). The Sioux are 7-4-3 in their last 14 games against Minnesota.