Top Moments of 2011-12: Gophers Sweep North Dakota

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Editor's Note: The 2011-12 Minnesota men's hockey season was filled with memorable moments and dramatic comebacks that eventually culminated in a WCHA championship and the Gophers 20th NCAA Frozen Four appearance. This month, we take a look back at the Top 10 memorable moments from the 2011-12 season. Special thanks to the incomparable Frank Mazzocco, who hosts the countdown for us.

No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

Sweet Sweep!

For the first time at home since 1996, the fifth-ranked Gopher Hockey team swept North Dakota last season on Nov. 4-5.

Friday night's game was highlighted by Nick Bjugstad and Tom Serratore, who each scored to give Minnesota a 2-0 win. Kent Patterson also made 24 saves as he recorded his fifth shutout of the season, tying a program record set during 1987-88 by Robb Stauber.

The game marked Minnesota's first shutout against North Dakota since Oct. 23, 2004, when Kellen Briggs and the Gophers won 6-0. It was also Minnesota's first shutout against North Dakota at Mariucci Arena since Dec.12, 1993, when Jeff Moen recorded a 3-0 win.

The tenth-largest crowd ever for a Minnesota home game crammed into Mariucci Arena on Saturday night. The over-capacity crowd of 10,234 was treated to a 3-2 come-from-behind Gopher win.

Bjugstad once again scored the first goal of the game, but Minnesota would need some late heroics to complete the sweep. Nick Larson tied the game with six minutes remaining and then freshman Kyle Rau finished off North Dakota with a final-minute goal sending a raucous crowd home happy.   

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