Kent Patterson posted his first two career shutouts last weekend against Sacred Heart and the Gophers senior goalie earned WCHA co-defensive player of the week honors for his efforts.
Minnesota State goalie Austin Lee, who shut out RPI, was the other co-defensive player of the week.
The offensive player of the week was Alaska Anchorage junior winger Mickey Spencer, who had four goals and an assist as the Seawolves won their own Kendall Classic.
The league's rookie of the week was Michigan Tech's Blake Pietila, who had two goals and an assist in a victory over visiting American International.
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The Gophers opened 0-7 last season and struggled to a 21-30 final record. Their 2016 season starts Friday in Arizona.
The Gophers, who have won eight of their past nine games, have to stay hot in the stretch run to make the NCAA tournament.
The Gophers need to finish strong to make the NCAA field again.
The Gophers softball team beat Utah Valley 9-0 and No. 8 Oklahoma 1-0 on Friday in its first two games of the season.
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