Bjugstad wins Player of the Month honors

Sophomore forward Nick Bjugstad netted nine goals last month and leads the nation in scoring through 16 games.
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Sophomore forward Nick Bjugstad netted nine goals last month and leads the nation in scoring through 16 games.

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