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Illinois hockey makes strides in 2016-17 season

Illinois hockey makes strides in 2016-17 season

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
May 8, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

While it did not end with any tournament championships, Illinois hockey’s 2016-17 season was far more successful than the one preceding it. Illinois’ 2015-16 season had a few bright spots. Forward James McGing led the Central States Collegiate Hockey League with 49 points, goalie Joe Olen won the...

Illinois bounced in first round of conference tournament

Illinois bounced in first round of conference tournament

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 25, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Joey Caprio did not want to wake up last Saturday morning in his Bolingbrook, Illinois, home and not have a hockey game to go to. Instead, after being eliminated by Robert Morris in the first round of the Central States Collegiate Hockey League (CSCHL) tournament for the second straight year, the...

Grandfather drives Illinois hockey’s Lozinak to success

Grandfather drives Illinois hockey’s Lozinak to success

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 22, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

The distance from Rochester, New York, to the University of Illinois Ice Arena is about 700 miles. Mike Kehoe would make that drive in a heartbeat. “The guy will drive 10-plus hours in one day just to watch me play a hockey game,” Illinois forward and Kehoe’s grandson, Chris Lozinak, said. ...

Illinois hockey splits final home series of season against Robert Morris

Illinois hockey splits final home series of season against Robert Morris

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 20, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois hockey will be very familiar with Robert Morris by the end of next week. The Illini and the Eagles split Illinois’ final series against Division I opponents this weekend. The teams will face off for the third time in eight days Friday night at the first round of the CSCHL tournament....

Illinois hockey upsets No. 2 Ohio, splits weekend series

Illinois hockey upsets No. 2 Ohio, splits weekend series

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 13, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

With 1:18 remaining in the third period Friday and Illinois up 5-4 on Ohio, Illini defenseman Aaron Dusek took a two-minute minor penalty for slashing. The senior sat in the penalty box with his head between his legs. His penalty allowed one of the nation’s most potent power-play units a chance...

Illinois Ice Arena to close in March for renovations

Illinois Ice Arena to close in March for renovations

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 9, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois Ice Arena will close its doors on March 17 and begin interior renovations, highlighted by a new refrigeration system. Illinois’ Division I and Division II hockey clubs, women’s hockey club, speed skating and synchronized skating seasons will have concluded by the start date. Ice Arena Associ...

Illinois hockey quartet returns after ninth-place finish in World University Games

Illinois hockey quartet returns after ninth-place finish in World University Games

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 6, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois hockey will be at full strength again this weekend in a critical home series against Ohio. Head coach Nick Fabbrini, forward James McGing, defenseman Tyler Opilka and goalie Joe Olen will return to the University after spending the past two weeks in Almaty, Kazakhstan, competing for the United...

Illinois hockey player in midst of career season after benching

Illinois hockey player in midst of career season after benching

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
February 1, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports, Top Stories

Joey Caprio, like any other Illinois student, used to stroll down Green Street every day to decide where to eat among his favorite fast-food restaurants. Lunch may have been Panda Express and dinner was probably some pizza. When he was home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, Caprio made time for Portillo’s...

O’Brien leads Illinois to pair of home wins over Indiana this weekend

O’Brien leads Illinois to pair of home wins over Indiana this weekend

Stephen Cohn, Staff Writer
January 30, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois hockey team was knocking its sticks against the boards and enjoying Tommy O’Brien's moment before its game against Indiana on Friday. “And Tommy O’Brien is the head coach for your Illinois Fighting Illini,” PA announcer Larry Kimball announced over the Illinois Ice Arena’s speakers...

Assistant coach takes the reigns for Illinois hockey this weekend

Assistant coach takes the reigns for Illinois hockey this weekend

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
January 26, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Tommy O’Brien is a doctoral candidate at the University’s College of Engineering by day and Illinois' hockey assistant and goalie coach by night. The 29-year-old O’Brien will try something new this weekend: act as head coach. Illinois will be short-handed this weekend for a home series aga...

Cruickshank scores game winning goal against Lindenwood

Cruickshank scores game winning goal against Lindenwood

Drake Pena, Staff writer
January 23, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

After ending the weekend with a shootout win at home, the Illinois hockey team took one of two games from reigning ACHA champions Lindenwood. Coming into the series, the Illini had lost the previous two matchups to the Lions. The team continued its drought into the first game. Lindenwood defeated Ill...

Illinois’ hockey team succeeds on the ice and in community service

Illinois’ hockey team succeeds on the ice and in community service

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
January 19, 2017
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Some sports awards need just one word to describe what it represents. Heisman. Lombardi. Wooden. Gongshow. Stanley. Well, maybe not Gongshow. The casual sports fan would be hard-pressed to know anything about the American Collegiate Hockey Association and its annual Gongshow Community Service Award....

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