Minnesota goaltender Jack LaFontaine stopped all 34 shots he faced, and the Gophers finished the first half of the 2020-21 season at 8-0-0 after defeating Michigan 4-0 on Wednesday.
It was LaFontaine’s second career shutout, both coming during the first half of this campaign.
Scott Reedy started the scoring for No. 4 Minnesota at the 4:24 mark of the first period. It was Reedy’s sixth goal of the season, tying him for the national lead.
Gophers forward Sammy Walker added a power-play goal before the period was over.
Exiting the first intermission with a 2-0 lead, Minnesota added another pair of goals in the second period off the sticks of sophomore Jaxon Nelson and freshman Mike Koster. It was the first career goal for Koster, a product of Chaska High School.
LaFontaine made 12 of his 34 saves in the third period to preserve Minnesota’s perfect record and the 4-0 victory.
The Gophers went 2 for 4 on the power play, while Michigan did not score on its only extra-man advantage of the game.
With the first half of the season behind them, the Gophers will wait for the Big Ten to announce the remainder of the 2020-21 schedule at a later time.