Observations from Minnesota's 5-0 win over St. Cloud

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One For the Record Books
With a 30-save shutout against St. Cloud on Saturday, Kent Patterson became Minnesota's all-time single-season record holder in shutouts with six. Patterson pulled ahead of Robb Stauber, who had five in the 1987-88 season and became the first goaltender to ever win the Hobey Baker Award. Saturday's blanking of SCSU was Patterson's first in which he faced more than 24 shots. The senior netminder had not had a shutout in his career prior to this season. No goaltender in NCAA Division I hockey had more than six shutouts last season.

Hats Off to Thee
Nick Bjugstad, who was tied for fifth in the nation in goals entering the night, made up some ground in that category by recording Minnesota's first hat trick since Jay Barriball netted three consecutive goals against Massachusetts on Oct. 9, 2010. Bjugstad opened the scoring in the first period and found the back of the net with two similar-looking power-play tallies in the third period. The sophomore now has 13 goals on the season overall and temporarily shares the lead in goals in WCHA play with nine.

Freshman Lineup Shuffle
After going with the same lineup for seven consecutive games, head coach Don Lucia mixed up the lines after Friday's loss at St. Cloud. Travis Boyd was inserted on the second line with Erik Haula and Jake Hansen and Seth Ambroz was put on the fourth line alongside Tom Serratore and Nick Larson. Sam Warning joined Taylor Matson and Nate Condon on the third line.

The move paid immediate dividends when Boyd and Haula assisted on Hansen's first-period goal. Boyd also came close to scoring his first collegiate goal on multiple occasions. Matson and Condon got assists on Mark Alt's third-period goal. 

Warning brought even more speed to an already lightning-quick third line and Ambroz was a physical force as a part of his new trio. Ambroz made some key blocked shots, as well.

Gold Jerseys
For the first time this season, Minnesota wore its gold uniforms. The Gophers broke out their new alternate white home sweaters for their sweep clinching victory over North Dakota two weeks ago and have used either the primary home (white) or road (maroon) jerseys in every other game. The Gophers are now 2-0-0 in their alternate uniforms.

Fool Me Once...
For the second straight weekend, Minnesota was unable to start its weekend series with a win, but answered the bell on the following night. The Gophers beat Wisconsin 4-1 last Saturday and downed St. Cloud 5-0 in the series finale this weekend to improve to 6-0-0 on Saturday games in 2011-12. They avoided being swept in the regular season for the first time since Dec. 3 and 4, 2010 when Minnesota State took four of four points from UM in Mankato. Minnesota also improved to 3-2-1 in the second game of home-and-home series against SCSU in which it lost the first game on the road.

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