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Minnesota shuts out Vermont 6-0

October 21, 2011

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MINNEAPOLIS—Goalie Kent Patterson and the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team routed Vermont 6-0 on Friday to remain perfect at home.

Nick Bjugstad had two goals and Zach Budish added a goal and an assist as the Gophers (5-0-0) notched their third straight home shutout to start the season. That hasn't happened at Minnesota since 1928.

Patterson made 17 saves and faced just six shots in the last two periods. The Gophers outshot the Catamounts 38-17.

Patterson beat Sacred Heart 9-0 and 6-0 in consecutive games to open the season.

Minnesota hasn't started the season with five straight wins since 2001.

Kyle Rau had a goal and an assist. He opened the scoring just 44 seconds into the game.

"We're stressing the first 10 minutes of the game, and we want to play a quick game and tonight we did," Minnesota coach Don Lucia said.

Minnesota scored three goals in the first and second periods, extending its streak to 14 before it ended in the third period.

Alex Vazzano made 12 saves in the third period for Vermont. Starting goalie Rob Madore had 14 saves.

It was Vermont's season opener.

Minnesota also got goals from Sam Warning and Taylor Matson.

"We have a lot of depth on this team, a lot of goal scorers," Bjugstad said.