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Spuds coach on his team's start to the season, a tough schedule and losing players to juniors
Thu Dec 01 13:03:00 EST 2022
Jon Ammerman joins The Rink Live podcast to talk about this season's boys hockey team. He also talks about the changing landcape of hockey for high school age boys, his relationship with Andover's coaches and more.

Working out with the guys this offseason ignites a strong start for SCSU's Jenniina Nylund
Wed Nov 30 18:33:00 EST 2022
Fifth-year senior and Olympian from Finland is tied for 14th in NCAA Division I in goals, tied for 20th in points for the Huskies. St. Cloud State jumps back into WCHA play with a series this weekend against St. Thomas.

Weekend Rewind: Minnesota's No. 1 Again, Previewing SCSU vs. UND, National Championship Rematch
Mon Nov 28 18:57:26 EST 2022
The Rink Live's Sydney Wolf, Mick Hatten, Matt Wellens and Brad Schlossman catch up on the weekend of college hockey after Thanksgiving. Wolf discusses an interesting weekend for the Gophers men's and women's hockey teams. Schlossman talks about North Dakota's win and tie with Bemidji State. Hatten reviews a weekend sweep for the St. Cloud State women.

Wellens previews a couple of series where the teams have seen each other earlier this season: Minnesota Duluth men playing host to Colorado College and the UMD women playing host to Ohio State in a rematch of last season's national championship game.

Hatten also talks about this weekend's home-and-home series for the SCSU women against St. Thomas and he and Schlossman talk about North Dakota playing SCSU in men this weekend at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

The panel also answers the question of what is the biggest need for the team you cover?


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Huskies Deep Dive, Q&A With @GOHUSKIESWOOOOO
Wed Nov 23 15:03:02 EST 2022
St. Cloud State alum @GOHUSKIESWOOOOO has come back from his first trip to Colorado Springs and he gives his first impressions of the city and reviews the Ed Robson Arena, which opened last season. He also answers questions from Twitter and helps break down how the SCSU men's hockey team is 11-3 when it went into the season with many question marks. All this and more on this episode of the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.

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Weekend Rewind: Gophers & Huskies Sweep, UMD Picks Up Win At Western Michigan
Mon Nov 21 18:30:54 EST 2022
The Rink Live reporters catch up on the weekend of college hockey action before Thanksgiving. Mick Hatten recaps St. Cloud State's road sweep at Colorado College, Matt Wellens tackles Minnesota Duluth's weekend split at Western Michigan. Jess Myers talks Minnesota's sweep at Michigan.

Wellens also discusses the UMD women's team pounding Harvard by a combined score of 13-0 in a nonconference series. Myers recaps the shootout win and loss for the Gophers' women at Wisconsin.

The panel also discusses what they are thankful for and what the teams that they cover are thankful for.

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Big Ten coordinator of officials talks about rule changes, protocol violations, reviews, faceoffs and more
Thu Nov 17 15:59:00 EST 2022
It is a rule change season in NCAA Division I hockey and that always seems to leave fans wondering why certain calls are being made and why a change was made to a rule.

Big 10 coordinator of officials Steve Piotrowski explains the rule changes, how they are being enforced, why it can take a while to get puck dropped on a faceoff and what it is like to try to coordinate a team of 60 officials. All this and more on The Rink Live podcast.

Former defenseman talks about playing for SCSU in the 1990s, seeing his son commit to play for the Huskies
Wed Nov 16 15:23:00 EST 2022
Dan Reimann played for St. Cloud State from 1992-96 and then played pro hockey in the ECHL. His son, Jack, recently signed to play center for the Huskies. Fun coversation on the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast.

How Injuries Are Affecting Teams So Far This Season
Mon Nov 14 18:57:21 EST 2022
The Rink Live's Kirsten Krull, Mick Hatten, Matt Wellens, Jess Myers, and Brad Schlossman meet to catch up on the second weekend of November college hockey action. Hatten recaps St. Cloud State's Jekyll and Hyde series against Western Michigan, Schlossman reviews North Dakota getting swept at home by Denver, Wellens tackles Minnesota Duluth's weekend split with Nebraska Omaha. Myers talks Minnesota's home split with Penn State.

Hatten and Wellens also discuss the Bulldogs sweeping the Huskies in women's hockey. Hatten talks about the historic win for SCSU over Minnesota in Andover. Myers gives a stick salute to St. Thomas for its sweep at Lindenwood.

The group also does an open skate into more protocol penalties and cleaning up a shattered sheet of Plexiglass. The question of the week is how are the teams you cover being affected by injuries?


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SCSU coach talks about his team knocking off top-ranked Minnesota, his team's progress, coaching in China
Thu Nov 10 18:29:00 EST 2022
Brian Idalski is in his first season as head coach of the Huskies (7-6), who have won five straight games going into this weekend's WCHA series against Minnesota Duluth (3 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday, B1G+).

Idalski talks about that big win, keys to his team already surpassing last season's win total (6), his coaching career and his Olympic experience as the head coach of the Chinese women's team. All of this and a lot more on this episode of The Rink Live podcast with Jess Myers and Mick Hatten. 

SCSU's Grant Cruikshank on Hot Start, His Skating Coach Parents, the Ease of His Transfer
Thu Nov 10 06:00:00 EST 2022
Grant Cruikshank is off to the best start of his college career with eight goals and 13 points in the first 10 games this season for the St. Cloud State men's hockey team. Cruikshank is a fifth-year senior who played last season for the University of Minnesota and the three previous seasons at Colorado College.

The center talks about some of the keys to his fast start (11:50), the team's 8-2 start and previews this weekend's series against Western Michigan (7-4) at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center.

He also discusses his family (16:00), which includes his father (Dave), mother (Bonnie) and sister (Blair). Dave and Bonnie are former Olympic speed skaters who are now skating coaches. His sister is looking to compete in speed skating in the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

Cruikshank talks about all this and more on this episode the Huskies Hockey Insider podcast with The Rink Live's Mick Hatten.


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