MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota senior goalie Kent Patterson is off to a perfect start, and so are the Golden Gophers.
Patterson made 20 saves for the second straight night, notching his second straight shutout and leading Minnesota to a 6-0 thrashing of Sacred Heart.
Patterson came into the season never having logged a shutout. He got his first in Friday’s 9-0 win over the Pioneers.
The Gophers (2-0-0) dominated the two-game series. They outshot Sacred Heart 92-40. Ten Minnesota (2-0-0) players had points Saturday; 15 on Friday.
Pioneers (0-2-0) goalie Andrew Bodnarchuk made 39 saves.
Minnesota’s Erik Huala scored two goals, giving him three this season. He also assisted on a goal.
Sam Warning notched a goal and two assists and Jake Hansen assisted on four goals.
Ben Marshall, Taylor Matson and Zach Budish also had goals for Minnesota, which outshot Sacred Heart 45-20.
Friday’s shutout was the first opening-night blanking by the Gophers since 1985.
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