Weekend Recap: Bemidji State

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Minnesota swept Bemidji State this past weekend to improve to 21-11-1 overall and 17-7-0 in the WCHA. Here are all the highlights and videos you need to see from this past weekend.

Feb. 17, 2012

Complete Coverage: Minnesota 3, Bemidji State 0

Zach Budish scored 60 seconds into the game and Minnesota never looked back as the Gophers beat Bemidji State 3-0. Budish would add second-period goal as well to record his second two-goal game as a Gopher and his first since Nov. 7, 2009, at Wisconsin. Nick Bjugstad scored his team-leading 22nd goal and seventh power-play goal in the second period. Kent Patterson made 13 saves in the shutout, as he increased his program record for shutouts in a season to seven. Patterson also won his 20th game of the year to become the first Minnesota goaltender with 20 wins in a season since Kellen Briggs went 21-6-3 in 2005-06.

Feb. 18, 2012

Complete Coverage: Minnesota 4, Bemidji State 1

Like Friday, the Gophers scored early when Erik Haula beat Dan Bakala 77 seconds into the game to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Bemidji State then scored a power-play goal--its only goal of the weekend--to tie the game 1-1 after 20 minutes. Jake Hansen tipped in a Justin Holl shot from the point for the game-winning goal before Haula added his second of the night. Seth Ambroz capped the scoring for the Gophers with an empty-net tally. Kent Patterson made 21 saves in his nation-leading 21st win of the season.

On Saturday, the University of Minnesota also honored the 2002 NCAA national championship team. The championship team members and staff were recognized with an on-ice presentation during the first intermission. Members of the 2002 team who were present were: Nick Anthony, Adam Hauser, Justin Johnson, Matt Koalska, Pat O'Leary, John Pohl, Grant Potulny, Jerrid Reinholz, Chad Roberg, Judd Stevens, Jon Waibel, Erik Wendell and Dan Welch. Eight members from the championship team--Nick Angell, Keith Ballard, Matt DeMarchi, Jordan Leopold, Paul Martin, Troy Riddle, Jeff Taffe and Barry Tallackson--are still playing professionally and were not able to make it back to campus.


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