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Illinois hockey hoping for a rebound year

Illinois hockey hoping for a rebound year

Stephen Cohn, Staff writer
August 22, 2016
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Special Sections, Sports, Welcome Back Guide

Illinois hockey is healthier and more experienced in 2016, after fighting through senior captain John Olen’s injuries last February. “Right now, the focus is baby steps,” junior forward Eric Cruickshank said. “We’re not going to make any assumptions that we’re going to win a national championship,...

Illinois hockey hits the road for rematch with Ohio

Illinois hockey hits the road for rematch with Ohio

Ethan Swanson
February 4, 2016
Filed under Sports

This weekend marks the Illini hockey team’s last two games of conference play before the CSCHL tournament Feb. 19 — setting the stage for a rematch with major league implications.Friday, No. 16 Illinois (16-11-3) will begin the end of its CSCHL regular season and travel to Athens, Ohio, to take...

Time is running out on the Illini hockey season

Time is running out on the Illini hockey season

Lucas Wright
February 1, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: .@IlliniHockey look to close out season on high noteWith the end of its season on the horizon, the Illinois hockey team is making its final push before the CSCHL conference tournamentbr.The Illini sit 12 points back of the first-place Lindenwood Lionsbr in the conference standings and are out of ...

Illini hockey upsets No. 1 Lindenwood

Illini hockey upsets No. 1 Lindenwood

Lucas Wright
January 30, 2016
Filed under Sports

The late chants of “overrated” from the Harassing Illini sealed it.The Illinois men’s hockey team took down No. 1 Lindenwood 4-2 on Friday with possibly its best showing of the year.Since the first puck drop, it was clear the game would be a battle for the entire 60 minutes. Each team struggled ...

Illini of The Week Jan 27: James Mcging

Illini of The Week Jan 27: James Mcging

Ethan Swanson
January 27, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: This weeks IOTW is @IlliniHockey 's James Mcging #Illini Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down each week and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success.To hear...

Mcging takes on the scorer role for Illini hockey against Robert Morris

Mcging takes on the scorer role for Illini hockey against Robert Morris

Ethan Swanson
December 8, 2015
Filed under Sports

Forwards James Mcging and Eric Cruickshank are no strangers to one another out on the ice. As linemates, the two have produced 51 points for the Illini this season.The set-up man Mcging boasts 19 assists on the season while the usual recipient of Mcging’s dimes, Cruickshank, has netted 16 goals. Both lead t...

Illini hockey misses opportunity to jump to second in CSCHL

Illini hockey misses opportunity to jump to second in CSCHL

Ethan Swanson
December 7, 2015
Filed under Sports

The Illinois hockey team may have brought up more questions than it answered in its weekend series at Robert Morris University.The Illini (11-6-3) missed an opportunity to make a major move in the conference standings playing an Eagles team (13-7-1) that was ranked last in the CSCHLRB.Instead of notching four ...

Illinois reaches critical weekend for conference play

Illinois reaches critical weekend for conference play

Ethan Swanson
December 3, 2015
Filed under Sports

Tweet: .@IlliniHockey looks to make a jump in the conference standings this weekend against Robert Morris UniversityThe Illinois hockey team had last weekend off due to the Thanksgiving holiday festivities and feasts — a break the Illini desperately needed after their 8-0 loss to Lindenwood Univ...

The club within a club: Illinois hockey’s Coffee Club

The club within a club: Illinois hockey’s Coffee Club

Cole Henke
November 17, 2015
Filed under Sports

A lot of athletes have some sort of pregame ritual that gets them focused and relaxed before a game. LeBron James will sit down and read a book in the locker room. Kevin Garnett bangs his head against the basket stanchion a few times.For a couple of Illinois hockey players, a nice cup of joe does just fin...

Illinois hockey splits shootouts with No. 2 Iowa State

Ethan Swanson
November 16, 2015
Filed under Sports

Before Illini hockey’s two-game home series against No. 2 Iowa StateJT, head coach Nick FabbriniJT said he hoped to ease senior captain John Olen back into the lineup after being out for five weeks with a broken ankleJT.A weekend where both games ended in a shootout was probably not Fabbrini’s idea of an ease-in seri...

Olen’s return comes just in time to face No. 2 Iowa State

Ethan Swanson
November 12, 2015
Filed under Sports

For the first time in over a month, when Illinois (9-3-2) takes its home ice Friday night against CSCHL opponent No. 3 Iowa State (13-2-2), both Olen brothers will be wearing skates for the Illini.After suffering a broken ankle in the Illini’s neutral-site series with Alabama Oct. 2-3, John Olen, the senior ...

Illinois hockey can’t afford to overlook Division II Indiana

Ethan Swanson
November 5, 2015
Filed under Sports

Whatever the Illinois hockey team found in its near-sweep of then-No. 2 Ohio University Bobcats Oct 23-24 seemed to be lost again after a brutal 7-1 loss to an Illinois State team that was ranked No. 40 out of only 55 teams in the Division I tier of the ACHA.With the Illini (7-5) struggling to prove their legitimac...

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