The Free Press, Mankato, MN


February 3, 2014

Mavs happy to be home after long road swing

Sophomore Gervais starting to come on


Injury report

Freshman forward Jordan Nelson missed Saturday’s game with an upper body injury. He was hit in the head with a puck during his first shift on Friday and did not return to that game. He said he received four stitches to close the cut.

Senior defenseman Josh Nelson also missed Saturday’s game. He was replaced in the lineup by sophomore Blake Thompson.

Brett Knowles, who missed Friday’s game with an illness, played Saturday with Jordan Nelson out.

Penalty shots

According to Minnesota State’s game notes, Erik Higby’s successful penalty shot against on Saturday was the first allowed by the Mavericks since Minnesota’s Phil Kessel scored in 2005. It was first college goal for Kessel, who now plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

After that, the Mavericks stopped the next three penalty shots they faced: Mike Zacharias against Minnesota Duluth (2006), Austin Lee against UMass-Lowell (2010) and Stephon Williams against Michigan Tech (2013).

Around the WCHA

Over the weekend, Michigan Tech swept Bowling Green in Ohio, coming from behind to tie Saturday’s game and win it in overtime. Also, Alaska swept visiting Alabama Huntsville.

Minnesota State pulled within two points of first-place Ferris State in the WCHA standings (28 points to 26) and has a three-point lead (as well as two games in hand) over third-place Bowling Green (23).

Alaska Anchorage is in fourth place with 21 points, and there’s a three-way tie for fifth place with Bemidji State, Michigan Tech and Alaska (all with 20).

Loose pucks

Minnesota State improved it’s Saturday-night record to 10-4-0 with it’s win. … With 15 goals and 25 points, Johnny McInnis has set career highs in both categories. … MSU’s power play now ranks fourth in the nation at 24.1 percent.

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