Michael-Lee Teslak outdid Mike Zacharias in goal as Michigan Tech defeated Minnesota State 2-0 Friday night. Teslak made 23 saves for his fifth career shutout. Zacharias had a strong start to the season, stopping 30 of 32 shots.
Both MSU coach Troy Jutting and Tech coach Jamie Russell noted the difference in game experience. The Huskies were already playing their third game of the year (fourth if you count exhibitions), while the Mavericks were playing their first.
"They're a very good defensive team," Jutting said. "We didn't get a lot of opportunities."
Still, Minnesota State had chances to score. Jon Kalinski, who had four short-handed goals last season, missed two shorties Friday. Nick Canzanello banged a shot off the post during a power play in the second period.
Both teams were 0 for 7 on the power play. The Mavericks, who had three rookies on the PP, looked like they were still learning. "We were a little tentative shooting the puck," Jutting said.
The series continues at 6:07 p.m. (CDT) tonight.