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Illinois falls to Lindenwood at conference championship

Senior Forward Jon Moskaluk advances the puck down the rink as two defenders move to intercept him during the match against Robert Morris University on Feb. 29

By Kenny Kazarian, Staff Writer

March 12, 2020

The Illinois hockey program hosted the Central States Collegiate Hockey League’s end-of-the-year conference championship last weekend. The tournament kicked off on Friday with a game between Iowa State and Robert Morris Unversity. Iowa State easily took care of Robert Morris with a 6-1 victory. Al...

Illini hockey prepares for CSCHL Tournament playoffs

Freshman forward Zack Hayes skates down the rink while guiding the puck during the match against Robert Morris University on Saturday. The Illini won the Senior Night game 7-1.

By Kenny Kazarian, Staff Writer

March 5, 2020

The Illini will play their first postseason game on Saturday in the Central States Collegiate Hockey League tournament playoffs against Ohio University in Champaign at 7:30 p.m. This tournament is crucial for Illinois, as the winner gets an automatic bid to the American Collegiate Hockey Association ...

Illini to play last weekend series before playoffs

The Illini hockey team listens to the National Anthem before a game against Ohio University Dec. 6. The Illini anticipate an intense matchups against Davenport this weekend since the playoffs are right around the corner.

By Ken Kazarian, Staff writer

February 20, 2020

Hockey playoffs are right around the corner, which means contending teams, like Illinois, are trying to finish with wins and head into the playoffs on a hot streak. The Illini have high hopes heading into the playoffs because the opening rounds will be hosted at the University of Illinois Ice Arena.  “I...

Lions drain Illini during weekend series

Illinois defenses Tyler Opilka (22) and Joe Nolan (27) defend the goal during the Illinois vs. Lindenwood game at the Ice Arena on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. Illinois lost 2-1. Illinois will play Alabama this Friday and Saturday.

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

February 10, 2020

With time running out, Illinois knew it had to get aggressive to pull off the upset. With only a few seconds remaining, senior defensive man Chance Homerin avoided the Lindenwood defenders and made the perfect pass to freshman phenom Zach Hayes, who scored the goal with only six seconds ...

No. 12 Illinois drops two-game series to No. 25 Iowa State

By Ken Kazarian, Staff Writer

January 26, 2020

Illinois hockey lost both games in a two-game series against Iowa State this weekend in a clash of two top-25 teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA). The weekend series was fueled by physical play but the Illini ultimately weren’t able to get the result they wanted; they lost th...

Hayes channels experience in new role with Illinois

Hayes channels experience in new role with Illinois

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

December 10, 2019

Starting college is a huge step in anyone’s life. It’s the first time you’ve moved away from home, with no parents in sight. It’s the chance to be independent and make your own decisions. It’s the next big step after high school graduation. But for Illini hockey’s freshman forward Zach Hayes, ...

Illinois falls to Ohio to end win streak

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

December 8, 2019

Before heading off for a month-long break, Illinois had one more obstacle to face: a weekend series with the No. 10-ranked Ohio Bobcats at the Big Pond. Behind stout defensive performances, physicality and clutch goals by both teams, the top-10 battle lived up to the hype with a series split. Friday night was me...

Illini hope to continue winning streak against Bobcats

Illini hope to continue winning streak against Bobcats

By Ken Kazarian, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2019

The No. 9 Illinois hockey team will face off against No. 10 Ohio University Friday and Saturday at the Big Pond in Illinois. Puck drop for both games is scheduled for 7 p.m. Both teams are looking for wins in the weekend series in hopes of leapfrogging the other in the standings.  The weekend games wi...

Illini reign supreme against Huskies

By Carson Gourdie, Contributing writer

November 16, 2019

Behind an aggressive Illinois offensive attack and superior size and talent, the Illini were able to coast to two easy victories over Northern Illinois at the Ice Arena, outscoring the opposition 22-5 over the weekend. In their first year as a Division I program, the Huskies have struggled against the ...

Illini look for success in midst of injury

Illinois forwards Stephen Quinn (7), Neil Novosel (14) and Drew Richter (10) watch their teammates during the Illinois vs. Lindenwood game at the University of Illinois Ice Arena on Jan. 18. Illinois lost 2-1.

November 15, 2019

The Illini hockey team is only three weekend series away from the half-way point in the season. The Illini were ranked No. 11 the pre-season rankings, adding to the buzz from last season’s success. When the American Collegiate Hockey Association released its list of rankings, the Illini were ranked No. 16...

Illinois splits victories with Iowa State

Illinois splits victories with Iowa State

By Carson Gourdie, Staff Writer

November 11, 2019

Illinois hockey headed to Ames, Iowa, this weekend to take on rival Iowa State. Playing in a smaller-than-regulation arena, defensive battles were in store for two teams looking to catch fire in the hearts of their schedules. In the first game on Friday night in Ames, both the Illini and the Cyclones...

Illini test defense against Cyclones

Chance Homerin defends the puck as a Lindenwood defender attempts to gain possession at the Illinois Ice Arena on Oct. 18.

By Carson Gourdie, Contributing Writer

November 8, 2019

After weeks of hard-fought battles and facing some of the most elite club hockey teams in the nation, Illinois returned home to face Maryville. With continued defensive improvement and a breakout weekend from freshman forward Zach Hayes, who scored four times, the Illini were able to dominate the Sai...

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