Ryan Carter was more than a little frustrated after the Minnesota State men’s hockey team’s 5-2 loss Friday at Minnesota.

Frustrated with the loss and frustrated by the shots he wished he could have gotten back.

The Mavericks went 0 for 12 on the power play that night, and Carter, a sophomore forward who had seven power-play goals as a freshman, knew he was one who missed some prime chances to score in the man-advantage situation. He was credited with five shots on goal for the game, including three on the power play.

On Saturday, Carter finally broke through during a Gophers penalty. His big blast from the right circle tied the game at 3-all with 1:37 remaining in the first period.

But the Mavericks finished 1 for 5 in the 4-3 loss. That included a scoreless five-minute power play late in the game. MSU was credited with just three shots on goal on Ryan Stoa’s major penalty for checking Rob Rankin from behind and had several shots blocked by the Minnesota defense.

“I thought (the Gophers) did a good job killing, and we didn’t do a great job on the power play getting set up,” coach Troy Jutting said afterwards.

Through four games, the Mavericks are 4 of 33 (12.1 percent) on the power play.

Penalty shots

Minnesota freshman Phil Kessel’s goal on a penalty shot Friday was actually his second goal against the Mavericks.

Kessel, rated the No. 1 recruit in the nation coming into the season, also scored against MSU last season while playing for the U.S. Under 18 national team in an exhibition game in Mankato.

On the subject of penalty shots, the last one the Mavericks were involved in was Shane Joseph’s overtime goal against Michigan Tech on Jan. 11, 2003, in Mankato.

The last one that was awarded to an MSU opponent came on March 5, 1998 when Nebraska-Omaha’s Jason White’s shot was stopped by goalie Des Christopher.

The last opposing player to score on a penalty shot was Bemidji State’s Marty Goulet on Oct. 12, 2001.


Goalie Mike Zacharias was not the only MSU freshman to get his first college game action over the weekend.

Forward Kevin Huck played both games, and defenseman Brian Kilburg was in the lineup Saturday. Sophomore forward Shane McCormick also got his first action of the season. The sophomore center played in 10 games his freshman year, recording one assist.

On Saturday, McCormick was replaced by sophomore Joel Hanson and Kilburg took sophomore Mark Hinz’s spot in the lineup.

Loose pucks

Travis Morin’s scoring streak has now reached 11 games, dating back to last season. He has four goals and seven assists over that stretch. ... Morin leads the Mavericks in scoring this season with two goals and three assists. ... David Backes has four assists on the season. ... Friday’s win was the 1,500th in the Gophers’ 85-year history. MSU has 630 in 36 seasons.

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