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SCSU's Jack Peart has good start to IIHF World Junior Championships

Huskies recruits Martins Lavins (Latvia) and Verner Miettinen (Finland) see a lot of time in their first games

St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart (23) moves skates with the puck against against Western Michigan during the first period Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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St. Cloud State defenseman Jack Peart had an assist and was a plus-2 in Team USA's first game of the IIHF World Junior Championships on Monday, Dec. 26.

Peart, a sophomore from Grand Rapids, Minn., was on the top defensive pairing for the Americans with Luke Hughes, a sophomore from the University of Michigan. Peart, a second-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild played 16 minutes, 19 seconds in Team USA's 5-2 win over Latvia.

Two SCSU recruits also made their debuts in the tournament Monday.

Martins Lavins, a 19-year-old from Riga, played forward for Latvia in the loss to Team USA. Lavins, who is playing this season for the Cedar Rapids Roughriders in the USHL, played 18:16, was 4-4 on faceoffs and a minus-1 for Latvia.

Verner Miettinen, a 19-year-old from Espoo, played forward for Finland in its 3-2 overtime loss to Switzerland. Miettinen, who is playing this season for the Fargo Force in the USHL, played 15:01, was a minus-2 and was 4-9 on his faceoffs.


Team USA plays Slovakia at 3 p.m. Wednesday (NHL Network) in its next game.

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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

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