Kent Patterson Honored For Performance

Gopher goalie Kent Patterson stole the show last weekend with two dominating performances against the second-ranked Bulldogs of Duluth and was honored this week as the WCHA co-defensive player of the week.

This past weekend, there was more than a blizzard heading towards the Twin Cities. The top team in the WCHA, the UMD Bulldogs were also on their way to take on the Gophers. Minnesota had previously struggled against tough conference opponents like Minnesota State and Nebraska-Omaha. The series against UMD was different thanks to goalie Kent Patterson.

Patterson helped the Gophers to hold onto their on Friday for a 3-2 victory. Patterson stopped an amazing 37 shots against the conference's top offense which averages 3.72 goals per game. The highlight of the game was a save where Patterson had to dive across the entire crease to save a puck in the closing minutes of the game.

After the game Coach Don Lucia commented on the save by saying, "Yeah, that was pretty big. I'm a lot smarter when he makes a save like that. I thought we had done a pretty good job most of the game five-on-five. We scored a couple power play goals tonight.

"That was a huge save there at the end…He didn't even worry about the stick. He just dove across and made the save. You have to have those kinds of saves against a good team." The save electrified the crowd and spurred the Gophers on to a much-need conference victory.

Saturday was similar for Patterson who was shelled with 43 shots and made 41 saves. Patterson faced 13 shots on six powerplays and stopped every puck on the penalty kill. On the weekend, Patterson stopped 78 out of 82 shots for a 95% save percentage. The Gophers will be off until the 31st when they face Bemidji State.

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