The Minnesota-Minnesota Duluth rivalry dates back to 1952 with the Maroon & Gold holding a 134-77-17 all-time record against the Bulldogs.
Mike Reilly earned First Team status while Kyle Rau and Adam Wilcox were named to the Second Team.
The No. 1 Minnesota men's hockey program enters the inaugural Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament as the conference's regular-season champion and the tournament's top-seed this weekend at Xcel Energy Center.
The Gophers have a five-point cushion in the Big Ten standings and can clinch a share of the league title with one point this weekend while two points clinch the outright title for Minnesota.
The top-ranked Minnesota men's hockey program returns to action this weekend with a Big Ten Conference series at Ohio State.
The Golden Gophers defeated North Dakota to advance to the Frozen Four.
Historic performances by goalie Kent Patterson (his school record-setting 6th shutout of the season) and forward Nick Bjugstad (first career hat trick) propelled the Gopher men's hockey team past St. Cloud State Nov. 19, 2011 at Mariucci Arena.
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Jan. 20, 2012: Colorado College at Minnesota
2011-12 Senior Season: Named to the All-WCHA First Team and won also the WCHA Goaltending Champion title with a 2.06 goals-against average in league games national Player of the Month for October (7-1-0 record, four shutouts, 1.74 GAA and .939 save percentage) three-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11, Nov. 1 and Feb. 21) his 28 wins are the most by a Gopher since Robb Stauber won 34 games in 1987-88 won games against 10 different WCHA teams (Denver being the exception) tied for the national lead in shutouts (7) has started 63 straight games for Minnesota and dating back to his junior year played a consecutive 3414:13 before not playing the final 20 minutes against Wisconsin (3/2) streak started on Dec. 4, 2010, and spanned 57 games and went through 170 regulation periods and 12 overtime sessions made his season debut against Sacred Heart (10/7) and shutout the Pioneers by making 20 saves in a 9-0 win was first shutout of career and was Gophers' first home-opening shutout since Oct. 18, 1985 (beat Michigan Tech 3-0) registered 20 saves in a 6-0 win against Sacred Heart (10/8) as Minnesota posted back-to-back shutouts for the first time since March 10-11, 2006, (7-0 and 2-0 wins against Minnesota Duluth) became first goalie to record consecutive shutouts against the same team since Adam Hauser (shutout Alaska-Anchorage at home on March 12-13, 1999) made a career high 46 saves in a 5-4 overtime win at Minnesota Duluth (10/14) tied his career high from the previous night with 46 saves (18 in the third period) in a 5-4 win at Minnesota Duluth (10/15) made 17 saves in a 6-0 win against Vermont (10/21) for his third shutout of the season recorded 22 saves (14 in the second period) in a 5-0 win at Alaska Anchorage (10/28) for his fourth shutout of the season had four shutouts in October to make him only 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) made 24 saves in a 2-0 win against North Dakota (11/4) to tie Stauber (1988) for the school record with five shutouts in one season had 17 saves in 3-2 win versus North Dakota (11/5) made 13 saves in a 3-1 win at Wisconsin (11/12) made 30 saves in a 5-0 win against St. Cloud State (11/19) to set a school record (breaking Stauber's 1988 record of five) with six shutouts in a season made a combined 56 saves and allowed only one goal at even strength as the Gophers swept Minnesota State (12/2-12/3) made 20 saves in a 5-1 win against Niagara (12/30) turned in a 24-save performance in a 6-2 win at North Dakota (1/14) recorded 19 saves in a 2-1 win against Colorado College (1/21) made 12 saves in a 2-1 win against St. Cloud State (1/27) registered a season-low 10 saves in a 3-2 win at St. Cloud State (1/28) made 37 saves in an overtime loss at Denver (2/11) turned aside 13 shots in a 3-0 win against Bemidji State (2/17) to record his seventh shutout of the season made 21 saves and did not allow an even-strength goal in a 4-1 win against Bemidji State (2/18) collected 22 saves as Minnesota won in overtime at Nebraska Omaha (2/24) made 27 saves as Minnesota completed a road sweep at Nebraska Omaha (2/25) made 17 saves as Minnesota clinched the MacNaughton Cup with a 2-1 win against Wisconsin (3/3) made 16 saves in 2-1 win against Alaska Anchorage (3/9) in Game 1 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs made 16 saves and did not allow an even-strength goal in 7-3 win against Alaska Anchorage (3/10) in Game 2 of the first round of the WCHA playoffs made 31 saves against Boston University (3/24) in the NCAA West Regional semifinals turned aside 24 shots as Minnesota beat North Dakota 5-2 in the NCAA West Regional championship game.
2010-11 Junior Season: Emerged at the team's No. 1 goaltender named All-WCHA Second Team voted by teammates as the John Mariucci Most Valuable Player, the Dr. V. George Nagobads Unsung Hero and the Tom Mohr Playoff Most Valuable Player played in 30 games (starting 28) and posted a 14-9-6 record had a 2.49 GAA and a .920 save percentage played the final 21 games of the season was 13-5-5 in WCHA games with a 2.27 GAA and a .927 save percentage led the WCHA in save percentage, second in GAA and third with a 67.4 winning percentage recorded WCHA wins against Alaska Anchorage, Bemidji State, Colorado College, Denver, Michigan Tech, Minnesota Duluth, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Wisconsin (only WCHA team that he played against and did not beat was Minnesota State) stopped 30 or more shots in 12 regular-season games, Gophers were 6-2-4 in those games (3-0-1 at home and 3-2-3 on the road) had a .930 save percentage and a 2.52 GAA in those 12 games team was 3-1-2 when he made 35 or more saves made season debut and had 32 saves in a 5-4 win against Massachusetts (10/9) played 26:27 in relief against St. Cloud State (10/22) and stopped all 12 shots he saw made 25 saves in 2-1 win against St. Cloud State (10/24) played both games in a weekend series for the first time in his career at Colorado College (10/29 and 10/30), earning two wins registered his first-career point, an assist, versus Wisconsin (11/6) won both games at Michigan Tech (11/19 and 11/20) to improve his record to 6-0-1 recorded 37 saves (16 in the third period) in a 3-2 win against No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (12/10) set a season and career high with 41 saves (21 in the second period) in a 2-2 tie against No. 2 Minnesota Duluth (12/12) went 1-0-1 against eventual national champion Minnesota Duluth and had a 1.92 GAA and .951 save percentage in the December series and was named WCHA Co-Defensive Player of the Week made 35 saves and did not allow an even-strength goal as Minnesota topped No. 2 North Dakota 3-2 (1/14) made a combined 49 saves and allowed only two goals in Alaska Anchorage series (1/28 and 1/29) stopped 36 shots in win at Wisconsin (2/18) made a combined 52 saves in wins against Michigan Tech (2/25 and 2/26) ended regular season with 29 saves in overtime victory at Bemidji State named to the WCHA All-Academic team.
2009-10 Sophomore Season: Played in eight games with five appearances against nationally-ranked teams registered career-high save totals in consecutive games with 37 stops in a 2-1 win over Michigan State (11/28) for first career victory, followed by a 39-save effort in a 3-1 loss to Minnesota State (12/4) stopped 31 shots in a 3-3 tie at North Dakota in the second game of the season (10/17) held Harvard to one goal on 22 shots in a 3-1 victory (1/9) played in the third period of the opening game of the WCHA playoff series at North Dakota (3/12) allowed only 10 of his 21 goals in even strength situations named to the WCHA All-Academic team earned his second letter.
2008-09 Freshman Season: Appeared in seven games and made only collegiate start against Minnesota Duluth (2/27), stopping 34 shots in a 2-2 tie allowed one goal while making 19 saves in final two periods of WCHA Final Five game against Minnesota Duluth (3/14) made 25 saves and allowed two goals in collegiate debut against Michigan (11/28) totaled 12 saves and allowed one goal while playing in both games at North Dakota (1/9-10) made 16 saves and took the loss in overtime at Michigan Tech (3/6) stopped all five shots faced in the third period at Minnesota State (1/30) earned his first letter.
International: Helped USA under-17 team to a gold medal at the 2007 five-nations tournament in Hutwil, Switzerland participated in USA under-16 and under-17 development camps participated in 2007 world junior camp.
High School: Played the past two seasons with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL ranked second in the USHL with a .913 save percentage in 2006-07 and seventh with a 2.91 goals against average ranked seventh in the USHL in victories while posting a 20-5-3 record split time in 2006-07 with former Colorado College netminder and 2007-08 WCHA Player of the Year Richard Bachman named to the USHL all-rookie team in 2006-07 teammate of former Gopher Kevin Wehrs missed most of the first half of the 2007-08 season with injuries, but battled back to finish with a 10-6-1 record and 2.49 goals against average played prep hockey at The Blake School, leading his squad to a consolation title at the 2006 state tournament coach was John Hamre played on two conference championship teams collected honorable mention All-Conference laurels earned Dean's recognition and Academic Honor Roll mention competed on high school's lacrosse team that reached the state tournament selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Personal: Undecided on a major hobbies include longboarding lists most memorable sports thrills as scoring three goals in the Minnesota state lacrosse championship and beating Totino-Grace in the second finals to reach the 2006 state hockey tournament son of Rick and Kristi Patterson born September 15, 1989.
Rivalry Renewed: Gophers/UND Up Next
One of college hockey's all-time great rivalries will be renewed this weekend when the No. 8 Gopher Hockey program takes on No. 4 North Dakota.
Gophers in the Polls: Oct. 18
The University of Minnesota continues to represent at a high level as multiple Golden Gopher teams achieved national rankings this week.
Senser's to Host Gophers/UND Viewing Parties
Both Joe Senser's locations (Bloomington and Roseville) will hold viewing parties for both games this weekend.