Patterson, Rau Honored By WCHA

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Go Gophers! Kent Patterson
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Kent Patterson recorded his seventh shutout of the season this past weekend.
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Goaltender Kent Patterson was named the Red Baron WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Feb. 21, while Kyle Rau was named the Red Baron WCHA Rookie of the Week.

Patterson stopped 34 of 35 shots in two wins against Bemidji State last weekend and did not allow an even-strength goal as he picked up his 20th and nation-leading 21st win of the season. On Friday, Patterson made only 13 saves, but several of them were of the spectacular variety.  The shutout was Patterson's seventh of the season, as he extended his school record for shutouts in one season.

Patterson, who dating back to last season has played the last 3252:27 in net for the Gophers, is the first Minnesota goalie to record more than 20 wins in one season since Kellen Briggs went 21-6-2 in 2005-06. Patterson has started and finished the last 54 games for Minnesota.

This is the third time that Patterson has been name the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week. He was the Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 11 and Nov. 1. He was also the National Player of the Month for October.
Go Gophers! Kyle Rau
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Kyle Rau had three assists last weekend against Bemidji State.
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Rau helped Minnesota sweep the Beavers, as he assisted on three of Minnesota's seven goals last weekend. On Friday, he assisted on Zach Budish's game-winning goal. He also picked up power-play assists on Friday and on Saturday. Rau took five shots on the weekend and was a combined +2 as Minnesota secured home ice for the first round of the WCHA playoffs.

Rau, who has 31 points (14g-17a) this year, is the first freshman to hit 30 points since Jordan Schroeder had 45 points (13g-32a) in the 2008-09 season.

This is the second time that Rau, who is on a five-game point streak, has been named WCHA Rookie of the Week, as he also received the honor on Oct. 18. He was also the National Rookie of the Month for October.

In addition, Nick Bjugstad (Nov. 22) and Mark Alt (Dec. 13) were previously honored earlier this year as the WCHA Offensive Player of the Week.

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