Kent Patterson was named Second-Team All-American.
Senior goaltender Kent Patterson and sophomore forward Nick Bjugstad were named Second-Team All-Americans today. They are the first Gophers to be named to an All-American team since forward Ryan Stoa received first-team honors in 2009. The last Gopher to be named to the second team was Thomas Vanek in 2004.
This year is the first time that Minnesota has had two players honored since 2004 when Keith Ballard was named to the first team and Vanek was on the second team.
Patterson is the first Gopher goalie to receive All-American recognition since Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner Robb Stauber was named to the first team in 1988. Patterson is the first Minnesota goalie ever to be named to the second team and the sixth Gopher goalie to be named to one of the two teams (Larry Ross, 1951; Jim Mattson, 1953; Jack McCartan, 1957 and 1958; Murray McLachan, 1970 and Stauber).
Patterson, who finished the year with a 28-14-1 record, was named to the All-WCHA First Team and also won the WCHA Goaltending Champion title with a 2.06 goals-against average in league games. He was the national Player of the Month for October (7-1-0 record, four shutouts, 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage) and was a three-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honoree (Oct. 11, Nov. 1 and Feb. 21).
His 28 wins are the most by a Gopher since Stauber won 34 games in 1987-88. Patterson won games against 10 different WCHA teams (Denver being the exception). He set a single-season school record and tied for the national lead in shutouts with seven this year as he led the Gophers to the Frozen Four. Patterson had four shutouts in October to become the third recorded Minnesota goaltender to shutout an opponent more than three times in the same month (Robb Stauber in February of 1988 and George Clausen in February of 1934).
Patterson etched his name into the Minnesota record book this season. He played in 43 games (tied for second all-time in one season) and played 2556:11 (second all-time in one season). His 2.32 goals-against average is third all-time in a single season, while his 966 saves rank fifth.
He finished his career first in Minnesota history in save percentage (.913) and tied for first in goals-against average at 2.45 (Kellen Briggs also had a 2.45 career goals-against average in 132 games from 2003-07). Patterson's seven shutouts place him tied for third all-time in career shutouts.
Patterson started the final 64 game of his career at Minnesota, dating back to his junior year. Starting on Dec. 4, 2010, he played a consecutive 3414:13 before not playing the final 20 minutes against Wisconsin on March 2, 2012. His minutes-played streak spanned 57 games and went through 170-regulation periods and parts of 12 overtime sessions.
Nick Bjugstad was named Second-Team All-American.
His 25 goals led Minnesota and places him tied for fifth nationally. His 25 goals are the most by a Gopher since Ryan Potulny had 38 in during the 2005-06 season. Bjugstad recorded 21 of his points (9g-12a) in 16 road games and had a point in 13 of 16 road games, which included five multiple-point games.
Bjugstad tied for second on the team in power-play goals (8) and was third in plus-minus with a +21 rating. He led the Gophers with a 17.2 shooting percentage and Minnesota was 20-6-1 when he recorded a point.