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MIKE HASTINGS

Six defensemen return for Minnesota State this season. That experience will be beneficial early in the year, as the Mavericks are set to face at least three top-10 ranked teams in the first month of the season.
Minnesota State University is coming off a season in which it battled COVID-19-related delays and reschedulings, stops and starts, and ultimately its first-ever trip to the NCAA Division I Frozen Four. What's in store for the 2021-22 season? Mavericks head coach Mike Hastings said he's excited to find out.
If SCSU is going to get to the national championship game, it will need to get through its 3rd straight tough opposing goalie.

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Mike Hastings guided Minnesota State to its sixth WCHA regular season championship and its first NCAA Frozen Four this year. Tuesday he was named the winner of the Spencer Penrose Award as the top coach in Division I college hockey.
The national semifinals are April 8, but Minnesota Duluth, St. Cloud State, Massachusetts and Minnesota State University-Mankato will need to continue to get tested until they play
A pair of early goals and a near-perfect defensive game led Minnesota State Mankato to an upset of top-seed Minnesota in Sunday's regional finale, and the first-ever Frozen Four trip for the Mavericks, who are headed to an in-state showdown with St. Cloud State in Pittsburgh.
Freshman defenseman Brock Faber is best know for frustrating opponents by preventing them from scoring. In his NCAA tournament debut he elected to help his own team score, and tied a U of M program record for most assists in a game.
The Minnesota State University men's hockey team is 10-0-1 at home this season. The Mavericks hope to keep that unbeaten mark intact this weekend in the WCHA semifinals and championship game.
Mike Hastings, Mark Michaelis, Matt Leitner and Dryden McKay are some of the best at their jobs in the WCHA over the past decade. They're all part of the WCHA's All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

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Dryden McKay was named the WCHA Player of the Year on Friday. The junior goalie was also named the league's Goalie of the Year. Julian Napravnik, Akito Hirose and head coach Mike Hastings were also honored by the league this week.
Minnesota State has won 13 consecutive meetings against Ferris State, but the Bulldogs have put a scare into many WCHA teams this season. They'll meet for the fifth and sixth, and possibly seventh, times this season, this weekend in Mankato.
Walker Duehr didn't record a point in Minnesota State's first eight men's hockey games this season. The 6-feet-2, 211-pound senior has been on a tear since then, recording 13 points in the past 14 games. As the postseason begins this weekend, he shows no signs of slowing down.

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