Roman Augustoviz spends Minnesota's winters covering college hockey, specifically the Gophers, and other University of Minnesota sports. During the summer, he writes about the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, with a dose of U sports sprinkled in. Follow him on Twitter @RomanStrib.

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Four Gophers among national hockey stats leaders

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers, Men's hockey Updated: December 16, 2011 - 11:57 AM

HOW GOPHERS STACK UP

Sophomore center Nick Bjugstad is second nationally in goals with 16 and tied for fourth in points with 27

Sophomore defenseman Nate Schmidt is tied for first in assists with 20 and is second in points among defensemen with 21 -- five more than the D-man Brady Lamd of UMD who is third

Freshman left winger Kyle Rau is tied for first among all players with five game-winners. He is first among rookies in goals with 12 -- three more than second-place Jean-Paul Lafontaine of Minnesota State -- and points with 22 -- four more than anyone else.

Senior goalie Kent Patterson is first in shutouts with six, but two other goalies are closing in with five

Nationally as a team the Gophers are ...

second in scoring, averaging 4.15 goals per game

tied for fifth in fewest goals given up; opponents are averaging 2.05 goals per game

first in scoring margin, 2.10 goal per game

sixth on the power at 24.7 percent

21st on the penalty kill at 83.7 percent

first in wins with 14, only Ohio State is close, alone in second with 13

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