Top Moments of 2011-12: Schmidt Scores, Gophers Win Cup

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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. 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

There are plays that define seasons, and this was one of them.

Sophomore blueliner Nate Schmidt dove and stopped the puck with stick, barely preventing it from leaving the offensive zone. He then got up, faked a shot, eluded a sliding Badger and then hammered home his third and most important goal of the season.

The magnificent individual effort gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead and finished a third-period rally that ended with the Gophers holding the MacNaughton Cup as outright WCHA champions.

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