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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,...

Illini hockey underachieved throughout 2015-16 season

May 8, 2016
Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

The Illinois hockey team seemed to have a stacked team on paper. Senior captain John Olen was returning for his final season at Illinois, where he has been labeled one of the best players in the history of the program. Sophomore forwards James McGing and Eric Cruickshank were poised to lead the scoring...

Illini Drive breaks down Blues vs. Blackhawks

Illini Drive breaks down Blues vs. Blackhawks

Kevin McCarthy
April 12, 2016
Filed under Sports

Cristiano Simonetta from lastwordonsports.com breaks down the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues playoff series. He talks about what each team needs to do if they want to advance in this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs. Plus, he makes his official prediction for the series.  ...

Illinois hockey bounced from first round of nationals

Lucas Wright
March 4, 2016
Filed under Sports

Missed opportunities told the tale of the Illinois hockey team’s 5-3 loss to Syracuse in the opening round at nationals. The Illini fired 41 shots, but could not break down the wall that was Syracuse goalie Jaime Ketchabaw. He tallied 38 saves and set the tone for Syracuse. The game opened with an u...

Hockey completes senior weekend sweep

Lucas Wright
February 28, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: With goals from seniors Yoshi Shibata and Kyle Varzino, Illinois hockey beats Indiana Tech 5-2.By Lucas WrightStaff writerIt took a team effort Saturday night, but the Illinois hockey team completed a sweep of No. 21 Indiana Tech with a 5-2 victory AGin its final home series of the year.Five s...

Illinois hockey gears up for final homestand

Lucas Wright
February 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

The Illinois hockey team is looking for a win.The Illini will take the ice this weekend for their final home series of the year, coming off of a one-and-done showing at the CSCHL tournament. Fourth-seeded Illinois fell to the fifth-seeded Robert Morris Eagles in the opening round on Friday and have h...

Hockey exits CSCHL Tournament, three individuals earn conference awards

Hockey exits CSCHL Tournament, three individuals earn conference awards

Ethan Swanson
February 24, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: .@IlliniHockey is able to boast the regular season MVP and two other skaters to first team all-conference after a bad loss in the CSCHL tournament. Last weekend was the first time this season that the Illinois hockey team didn’t play two games. Robert Morris University knocked out ...

Illinois hockey faces Robert Morris in first round of CSCHL tournament

Illinois hockey faces Robert Morris in first round of CSCHL tournament

Ethan Swanson
February 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: .@IlliniHockey takes on Robert Morris University Friday in the opening round of the CSCHL tournament in Ames, Iowa. While Illinois is still looking for resume-building wins to potentially qualify for the ACHA national tournament in March, its position in the CSCHL tournament was decided nearly t...

Olen and Mcging produce back-to-back hat tricks

Olen and Mcging produce back-to-back hat tricks

Ethan Swanson
February 18, 2016
Filed under Sports

Last weekend had all the right conditions for the perfect Illinois offensive storm.Only one ranking point outside the field of 20 qualifying teams for the ACHA national tournament entering last Friday, the Illini needed a substantial goal differential to win a potential tiebreaker — if the Illin...

Olen’s time with Illinois hockey is running out

Lucas Wright
February 16, 2016
Filed under Sports

#Illini hockey captain John Olen’s career is in waning hours After going down with an ankle injury in October, captain John Olen’s final season and the Illini's 2015-16 campaign became filled with uncertainties.How would the team play without its captain at full capacity?How long would the injury affect him ...

Olen nets hat trick in much-needed Illini hockey win

Lucas Wright
February 13, 2016
Filed under Sports

Tweet: John Olen nets hat trick in @Illinihockey win over ISUAfter losing three straight games, the Illinois hockey team needed a win against Illinois State to bounce back and keep its season on track. In times like that, most teams look to their upperclassmen or captains to get the job done. En...

Illini hockey needs big weekend vs. ISU

Illini hockey needs big weekend vs. ISU

Lucas Wright
February 11, 2016
Filed under Sports

It’s Valentines Day weekend, and frustration, not love, is in the air for the Illinois hockey team, and time is running out to clear that air.There are two games left before the CSCHL tournament and this is the Illini’s last weekend to play their way into the national tournament. They’re coming off one o...

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