Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 11/4/11
MINNEAPOLIS -- The fifth-ranked University of Minnesota hockey team continued its fast start to the season Friday night with a victory against a bitter rival. The Gophers improved to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the WCHA with a 2-0 victory over North Dakota (3-5-1, 1-4) at Mariucci Arena. Minnesota goalie Kent Patterson recorded his nation-best fifth shutout of the season, stopping all 24 Fighting Sioux shots. His five shutouts have already tied a Gophers season record. Nick Bjugstad scored his seventh goal of the season at the 12:44 mark of the second period to put the Gophers ahead, 1-0. Tom Serratore got his second goal of the season -- and Minnesota's second and final goal of the game -- at the 11:17 mark in the third period. The two teams will meet again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
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