Observations from Minnesota's 3-0 Win Over Bemidji State

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Against the Beavers
By beating Bemidji State, Minnesota improved to 9-1-1 all-time against the Beavers, including a 7-0-0 mark as a team ranked in the top ten and 7-1-0 ledger at Mariucci Arena. Friday marked the Gophers' first all-time shutout of BSU. The win also help UM maintain its' slim lead in the WCHA standings over rivals Minnesota-Duluth (one point back) and Denver (two points back). The Gophers are also now 9-7-0 on Fridays and have won consecutive Friday home games for the first time since Dec. 2. That night, Minnesota beat Minnesota State 4-2 after beating North Dakota on Nov. 4.

Adding to the Record
With 13 saves on Friday, Kent Patterson recorded his seventh shutout of the season, adding to the single-season school record he set with a blanking of St. Cloud on Nov. 19 for his sixth of the year. Patterson passed Shane Madolora of RIT for the national lead in shutouts, as well. The senior netminder also improved to 20-11-1, making him the first Gopher goalie to reach 20 wins in a season since Kellen Briggs went 21-6-3 in 2005-06.

Penalty Kill Takes a Rest; Breaking Through the Beavers
For the first time all season, the Gophers went a full game without taking a penalty. Minnesota took only one penalty against Michigan State on Nov. 26, but has afforded its' opponent at least three man advantages in every other game in 2011-12. UM scored on one of four power-play opportunities against Bemidji State's WCHA-leading penalty kill. Nick Bjugstad's five-on-four tally was just the 15th power-play goal the Beavers' allowed in 23 conference contests.

Six in Double Digits
By scoring twice in the first period on Friday,  Zach Budish became the sixth Gopher to reach the 10-goal mark in 2011-12. Through 32 games, Nick Bjugstad (22), Kyle Rau (14) Erik Haula (12), Nate Condon (10), and Jake Hansen (10) also each have 10 or more. Going back to last Friday's game at Denver Budish recorded four goals in a six-period span.

Stingy D
Minnesota held Bemidji State without a shot on goal for the first 11:35 of Friday's game. After conceding just two shots on goal in the first period, the Gophers allowed just three shots in two combined periods of play a home dating back to a 2-1 win over St. Cloud on Jan. 27. At Mariucci Arena, Minnesota allowed one shot over a 33:27 time span that included the final 21:52 of the game against SCSU and the opening 11:35 of Friday's game against the Beavers. The Gophers also allowed 20 shots or less for the tenth time this season after allowing more than 20 in every game in 2010-11.

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