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SCSU coach Brett Larson on his team's status, preparation for NCAAs, breaking down NCHC Frozen Faceoff field

Huskies have their first week off since mid-January

St. Cloud State head coach Brett Larson talks with players during a break in the second period against Minnesota Duluth Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud.
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For the first time since 2014, the St. Cloud State men's hockey team was bounced in the first round of the NCHC tournament when it got swept by Minnesota Duluth last weekend. It may end up being a blessing in disguise with starting goalie David Hrenak and captain Spencer Meier both still trying to recover from the flu and graduate student defenseman Seamus Donohue trying to come back from an upper body injury. Head coach Brett Larson discusses the season, the NCAA tournament outlook and also helps preview the NCHC Frozen Faceoff field with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.


:30 Benefits of not playing in NCHC Frozen Faceoff

2:00 Spencer Meier, David Hrenak illness updates

3:05 Seamus Donohue injury update


5:00 Coming off a week off during the regular season success, similarities to last season

7:15 Going into NCAAs with experience of last season's success, underdog role again

8:45 Practices, schedule during this off week

9:25 Jaxon Castor's play during the playoffs coming off the bench

11:05 Timing of bad penalties

12:25 Power play success, opportunities in playoff series

13:50 The penalty kill

14:40 .500 in the NCHC despite great numbers


15:50 6th best offense in the NCAA, depth in scoring

18:25 Wishing they were more consistent defensively

20:00 Denver vs. UMD preview

22:00 North Dakota vs. Western Michigan preview

23:40 UND without Jake Sanderson

24:45 Nick Perbix, Sam Hentges since the Olympics

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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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