Top Moments of 2011-12: Record Shutout, Bonus Hat Trick

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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. 3 - Patterson Shutout, Bjugstad Hat Trick
No. 4 - Haula's Playoff Performance
No. 5 - Parenteau Plays OT Hero
No. 6 - Condon Caps Comeback At Duluth
No. 7 - Gophers Take Two From North Dakota
No. 8 - Bjugstad Befuddles Bulldogs
No. 9 - Warning Tames Huskies
No. 10 - Rau Rolls The Dice

It takes a Herculean effort to overshadow a hat trick, but that is what goaltender Kent Patterson gave Minnesota fans on Nov. 19 against St. Cloud State.

The Gophers skated to a 5-0 home win against their in-state rivals, but were carried to the victory by both Patterson and Nick Bjugstad.

Patterson stood tall in goal for the Gophers and made 30 saves to preserve the clean sheet. It was his sixth shutout of the year (in 14 games) and set a new school record for most shutouts in a season. The previous record was five and was set by Robb Stauber during his Hobey Baker winning season in 1987-88. Patterson would up the record to seven shutouts with a 3-0 blanking of Bemidji State late in the year.

Bjugstad notched the first hat trick of his career in the win, scoring Minnesota's first, third and fifth goals. His second and third goals of the game--both in the third period and separated by only 2:31--came on the power play and were both one-timers off of nifty passes from Nate Schmidt. 

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