Kent Patterson was named WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week today
Patterson earned his first and second career shutouts this past weekend against Sacred Heart. The senior made 20 saves in both games and it was the first time that the Gophers won their first two games of the season by shutout since 1936 when Bud Wilkerson blanked Carleton (7-0 on Dec. 11, 1936) and Dartmouth (2-0 on Dec. 29, 1936). It was also the first time that Minnesota won its first two games of the season by shutout on back-to-back days since 1933 when it beat North Dakota (4-0 on Jan. 13, 1933 and 9-0 on Jan. 14, 1933).
Patterson, who was named All-WCHA Second Team last year as a junior, recorded the Gophers' first shutout since Alex Kangas made 26 saves to beat Colorado College 3-0 on Feb. 19, 2010 (span of 44 games between shutouts). Patterson's 20 saves were the fewest needed by a Gopher goalie since Kellen Briggs also made 20 saves on Oct. 27, 2006 in a 3-0 win against Colorado College. The last Minnesota netminder to make less than 20 saves in a shutout was Jeff Frazee who made only 10 saves in a 4-0 win against Alaska Anchorage on Feb. 25, 2006. Patterson became the first Minnesota goaltender to shutout the same opponent on consecutive nights since Adam Hauser whitewashed Alaska Anchorage in the WCHA playoffs on March 12-13, 1999.
Patterson was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Week last season for the week of Dec. 14 after going 1-0-1 with a 1.92 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage against No. 2 Minnesota Duluth.
Jake Hansen and Sam Warning were nominated for Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, but were not recognized. Hansen is tied with one other player for first in the nation with six points, while Warning is tied with three other players for first in the nation among freshmen with four points.