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SCSU associate head coach discusses this weekend's series against MSU-Mankato, team's strong start on defense

Dave Shyiak talks about why his team has given up just three goals through four games, the challenges of playing MSU-Mankato, breaks down the early play of his team's defensemen and more on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.


Dave Shyiak is beginning his third season as the associate head coach for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team. The eighth-ranked Huskies have a big nonconference series this weekend when they play second-ranked Minnesota State at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday (both on FOX 9+) at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The Huskies are off to a 4-0 start, have given up three goals for the season and are 13-for-13 on the penalty kill. Shyiak works with the defensemen and on the penatly kill. He talks about some keys to the good start, breaks down the eight healthy defensemen for the Huskies and helps preview this weekend's series.

Join The Rink Live's Mick Hatten on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.



:30 Previewing this weekend's series between No. 2 MSU-Mankato and No. 8 SCSU, Mavericks coming off home sweep against Minnesota Duluth , how deep Minnesota State is and why they are tough to play against


5:40 Keys to giving up only 3 goals through the first 4 games

A look at SCSU's defensemen
7:00 Senior Dylan Anhorn, things they didn't know about the Union transfer coming in

10:00 Sophomore Jack Peart , the steps he's taken this season, the pressure of being a Mr. Hockey and Minnesota Wild draft pick

13:35 Spencer Meier, a three-year captain and some of the things he does off the ice

15:15 The steadying influence of fifth-year senior Brendan Bushy

16:26 Junior Brady Ziemer playing a bigger role

19:00 Freshman Cooper Wylie and his skating ability

20:00 Senior Ondrej Trejbal and his improvement


21:10 Freshman Mason Reiners and his trajectory

22:30 Some key things with the penalty kill, which is 13-for-13

23:45 Why the Huskies will continue to use Grant Ahcan on the penalty kill

24:45 How Grant Cruikshank has moved into a key role for the Huskies

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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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