Patterson Named WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week

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Go Gophers! Kent Patterson
Go Gophers!
Kent Patterson has four shutouts this year.
Go Gophers!
Goaltender Kent Patterson was named the Red BaronĀ® WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 1. He shares the honor with goaltender Josh Robinson of Michigan Tech.

Patterson earned his fourth shutout of the season and first on the road in a 5-0 win at Alaska Anchorage last Friday. Patterson, who made 22 saves, was the first goaltender to shutout the Seawolves at home since Oct. 23, 2009.

For the weekend, Patterson stopped 48 of 49 shots (.979 save percentage) and the only goal he allowed was a power-play goal on Saturday that found the net after making its way through traffic. Patterson played a significant role in helping the Gophers become the first team to sweep the Seawolves at Sullivan Arena since Dec. 4-5, 2009. It was Minnesota's first sweep in Alaska since Feb. 2-3, 2007 (8-2 and 2-1 wins).

Patterson, who entered the season with zero career shutouts, now has four in eight games this year. He began the year with three straight home blankings (Gophers won their first three homes games by shutout for the first time since the 1928-29 season), beating Sacred Heart (twice) and Vermont. Through eight games, the senior is 7-1-0 and has a 1.74 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage. One more shutout would tie Patterson with Robb Stauber for the most in one season. Stauber posted five shutouts during the 1987-88 season. Patterson is currently tied with Kellen Briggs (2003-04, 2004-05) and Jim Mattson (1952-53) for second in program history with four shutouts in a season.

In addition, Patterson and the Gophers posted four shutouts in the same month for only the sixth time in program history. The feat was last accomplished in February of 1988 and had not been done before that since January of 1939. Patterson became the third recorded Gopher goaltender to shutout an opponent more than three times in the same month by himself. Stauber did it in his Hobey Baker Award-winning season in 1988 and George Clausen pulled it off in February of 1934.

This is the second time this year that Patterson has been honored as the WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week (also week of Oct. 11). Kyle Rau was also named WCHA Rookie of the Week for Oct. 18.

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