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Associate head coach Dave Shyiak discusses SCSU's defense, the first half, World Junior Championship

Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with Mick Hatten also previews this weekend's series for SCSU against Minnesota.

St. Cloud State head coach Brett Larson talks with coaches and players on the bench during a game against St. Thomas in the second period Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022, at the St. Thomas Ice Arena in Mendota Heights.
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With the NCAA Division I men's hockey season about to start its second half, St. Cloud State associate head coach Dave Shyiak discusses the team's defense, breaks down some of their key players and also takes a look ahead to this weekend's nonconference series with Minnesota.

With SCSU sophomore defenseman Jack Peart playing for Team USA at the IIHF World Junior Championships, Shyiak also talks about Peart's development.

Two Huskies recruits — Latvia's Martins Lavins and Finland's Verner Miettinen — have also played in the tournament. Shyiak gives scouting reports on the two forwards, who are expected to join St. Cloud State in the fall.

Shyiak, whose son, Sheldon plays for the St. Cloud Crush, also talks about the hockey community in St. Cloud and how it has rallied for the family of Charlie Boike. Boike, a Crush player, died recently in an auto accident.

All this and more on this episode of the podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.


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Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

For more coverage of St. Cloud and the surrounding communities, check out St. Cloud Live.
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