A minor penalty calls for the offending player to serve two minutes in the penalty box. His team will be short-handed for two minutes, meaning that his team will be down a skater for 5-on-4. This means that the other team is on a power play. The offender can only come back onto the ice once the penalty clock expires. The power play will immediately end, regardless of the time left on the clock, if a goal is scored.
IMPORTANT: A minor penalty differs from a major penalty in that the power play will last two minutes instead of five minutes. If a goal is scored on a power play from a minor penalty, the penalty clock will immediately expire. The player can come back onto the ice.
If a goal is made on a power play while a minor penalty is being served, the penalty clock will immediately expire and the offending player may return to the ice. The offending team returns to full-strength.
If a minor penalty is called on a player and there are already two other players on his team serving penalties, the penalty clock will not start ticking until at least one of the other penalties has expired. However, a substitute can take his place on the ice.
REMEMBER: A team cannot have fewer than four players on the ice (one goalie and three skaters).
In this case, the Referees will determine the on-ice strength of both teams by canceling out as many minor penalties, bench minor penalties, double-minor penalties, major penalties, and match penalties as possible.