Observations from Minnesota's 5-3 Loss to Denver

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Looking for 20
Sitting at 19 wins, Kent Patterson was denied win No. 20 on Friday. His next win will make him the first goaltender to get to 20 in a season since Kellen Briggs went 21-6-3 in 2005-06. Hobey Baker winner Robb Stauber, cousin of current Gopher Tom Serratore, has the school's single-season record for wins. He had 34 in 44 games played 1987-88. Patterson has started 51 straight games for the maroon and gold.

Shaky Start
After a 10 days off, the Gophers took a first-period lead against Denver on a goal, by Nate Condon, but it went downhill from there. Each member of DU's third line, Shawn Ostrow, Dustin Jackson, and Nate Dewhurst, scored to make it 3-1 after 20 minutes. It was the first time the Gophers allowed three goals in a period since allowing three to Wisconsin in the second period of their first WCHA loss of the season, a 3-1 decision, on Nov. 11. The Pioneers also fired 19 shots on goal, the second-most by a Minnesota opponent all year. Minnesota-Duluth unleashed 20 shots in the third period of a 5-4 Gopher win on Oct. 15.

Goals Against
Since losing to Notre Dame 4-3 on Jan. 7, Minnesota went six games without allowing more than two goals. That run ended in the first period of Friday's game against Denver when the Pioneers scored three goals in the first period. In the second period, DU added two more goals to become the second team to score five goals on the Gophers all season. The only other time Minnesota allowed five goals was in its first loss of the season against Vermont. The Catamounts won that game 5-4.

Five in Double Digits
With his game-opening goal on Friday, Nate Condon became the fifth Gopher to reach the 10-goal mark in 2011-12. Through 30 games, Nick Bjugstad (21), Kyle Rau (14) Erik Haula (11), and Jake Hansen (10) also each have 10 or more. Condon had eight goals last season and Rau is eight goals shy of breaking into the top 10 for goals by a Minnesota freshman. Grant Potulny, (2000-01), Trent Klatt (1989-90), and Neal Broten (1978-79) each had 22 in their first year.

Tough Matchup
Denver has been a tough place to play for Minnesota. UM is 38-38-3 all-time at DU and is 4-11-2 under current head coach Don Lucia, including an 0-6-1 mark in February at Magness Arena (under Lucia). In addition, the Gophers are now 8-7-0 in Friday night games. Saturday, Minnesota will look to avoid being swept for the first time since Dec. 3 and 4, 2010 at Minnesota State. The Gophers are 10-0-0 in Saturday games in the WCHA.

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