Top Moments of 2011-12: Gophers Advance To Frozen Four

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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. 1 - Gophers Beat North Dakota, Advance To Frozen Four
No. 2 - Schmidt's Effort Garners Cup Outright
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

In a year filled with great moments, this was the most memorable.  

Minnesota advanced to its 20th NCAA Frozen Four with a resounding 5-2 win against rival North Dakota on March 25 at Xcel Energy Center. The Gophers fell 6-3 to North Dakota just nine days earlier in the WCHA Final Five, but avenged the loss in convincing fashion to win the NCAA West Regional in St. Paul.

Ben Marshall, Erik Haula, Taylor Matson, Travis Boyd and Nate Condon all scored as Minnesota built a 5-1 lead with five minutes left in the game. Kent Patterson made 24 saves, including 14 in the third period as Minnesota ended North Dakota's season.

With the win, the Gophers, who began the season unranked, also recorded a 4-2-0 record against one of their main rivals during the season.   

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