Minnesota falls 4-1 in home-and-home opener at Mankato

The Gophers are now 1-10 against in-state opponents in the last two seasons.

Gophers forward Justin Kloos winds up a shot against Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Mariucci Arena.

Carter Jones

Gophers forward Justin Kloos winds up a shot against Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at Mariucci Arena.

Drew Cove

It was evident after the second period that the Gophers had nothing going for them Friday night.

Primary goaltender Eric Schierhorn was pulled prior to the last stanza of Minnesota’s game at Minnesota State-Mankato after the Gophers allowed four goals, and it didn’t get better from there.

The game ended with a final score of  4-1, and Minnesota fell to a bleak 1-10 record versus in-state teams in the last two seasons.

The Gophers fell behind early and never had the lead in the game. The first period ended 2-0 in the favor of No. 15 Minnesota State, and goal scorer C.J. Franklin sealed the eventual game winner.

Brad McClure shined for the Mavericks and had two goals in the game.

The No. 7 Gophers were severely outworked in most facets of the game, especially from a physical standpoint. The Mavericks dominated the Gophers in hits, and eventually wore them down.

The lone goal scorer for Minnesota was forward Tommy Novak in the second period.

Novak’s goal came on Minnesota’s now sixth-ranked power play, although, the unit went 1-4 on Friday night against the tenth-ranked Minnesota State penalty kill.

After Schierhorn was pulled following the second period, junior Nick Lehr came in for the third and made 10 saves on 10 shots. 

Minnesota will look for redemption and a series split Saturday as the second game comes to Marinucci Arena at 8 p.m.