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Richter finding his speed for men’s hockey

Richter finding his speed for men’s hockey

By Brian Binz, Staff Writer

February 5, 2018


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

One year ago, he was out of hockey. This year, Drew Richter is leading the Illinois men’s hockey team in goals. Is it surprising? Not to coach Nick Fabbrini. “I knew coming in that with his speed and with his shot he could be a real weapon, especially on our ice,” Fabbrini said. Last year, Richter...

Barnhart shuts out Redbirds

Barnhart shuts out Redbirds

By Danielle Williams, Staff writer

February 5, 2018


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Backup goaltender Jake Barnhart had the weekend of his career, picking up his first career shutout for the Illinois hockey team. Barnhart saved a total of 20 shots on goal against the Illinois State Redbirds to lead the team to a record of 5-0 for wins this season. “He looked good in practice all...

Defense leads Illinois hockey to weekend sweep

Defense leads Illinois hockey to weekend sweep

By Brian Binz, Staff writer

January 29, 2018


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

After getting swept at home by Jamestown last week, Illinois hockey knew if it was going to get back on track, its defense would need to step up. And that it did. The Illinois defensemen scored three goals, including the overtime game-winner from Joe Ritondale. The Illini picked up five of a possibl...

Illinois falls to Lindenwood in split series

Illinois falls to Lindenwood in split series

By Danielle Williams, Staff writer

December 4, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Early in the season, Lindenwood broke Illinois' undefeated record with a split series. Unfortunately for the Illini, the same result occurred after this weekend’s series. The Illini had a slow start as the Lions struck early in the first period. Jordan Klimovsky scored the first goal of the serie...

Lindonwood breaks Illinois undefeated season

Lindonwood breaks Illinois undefeated season

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 30, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois hockey split its weekend series against Lindenwood, suffering its first loss of the season but still acquiring point majority thanks to an overtime loss and a win in the series finale. Game one went to Lindenwood, as the Lions defeated the Illini in a 3-2 shootout. The Illini found themselve...

Illinois hockey to face first real road test with Lindenwood

Illinois hockey to face first real road test with Lindenwood

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 26, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

After securing an 8-0 start to the season, the Illinois hockey team will be traveling to Wentzville, Missouri, to square off against the Lindenwood Lions this weekend. The Lions are boasting an impressive record of their own so far this year, sitting at 9-2-0 overall and 1-1-0  in conference. Linde...

New 3-on-3 overtime brings mixed reactions from Illinois hockey

New 3-on-3 overtime brings mixed reactions from Illinois hockey

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 23, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

The American Collegiate Hockey Association announced this summer that 3-on-3 hockey was going to take over overtime play. This news got mixed reactions from the players and coaches of the Illinois hockey team. Illinois coach Nick Fabbrini was one of the opponents of the rule change and let his disapproval...

Illini of the Week: Andrew Richter

Illini of the Week: Andrew Richter

October 19, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports, Uncategorized

Freshman forward Drew Richter was simply playing defense along the right boards when a McKendree Bearcats’ turnover gave him his best scoring opportunity of the night. The puck bounced off the stick of a Bearcats defenseman at the Illini’s blue line. Richter took notice and was off to the races w...

Hockey sweeps McKendree, off to 8-0 start

Hockey sweeps McKendree, off to 8-0 start

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 16, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Illinois hockey remains undefeated on the season after sweeping McKendree University at home this weekend. The Illini got off to their third straight slow start when the Bearcats jumped up 2-0 in the first game. However, it was all Illinois after that, scoring four unanswered goals to take the 4-2...

Justin Reis steps up for Illini in wake of Ernsting injury

Justin Reis steps up for Illini in wake of Ernsting injury

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 12, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

Freshman forward Justin Ries found himself moving up from the fourth line to the second last weekend against Northern Illinois. Ries was put in because sophomore forward Robert Ernsting sustained an upper body injury. While temporary, the move was a surprise to Ries since he was unsure if he was go...

Bromance of Illini hockey: Eric Cruickshank and Grant Stueve

Bromance of Illini hockey: Eric Cruickshank and Grant Stueve

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

A true love story takes place over the course of several years and is normally love at first sight. This is no different for the relationship between senior forwards Eric Cruickshank and Grant Stueve, otherwise known as the "bromance of Illini hockey." The two lovebirds first met eyes when they were...

Illinois hockey maintains winning record after win over Northern Illinois

Illinois hockey maintains winning record after win over Northern Illinois

By Erich Fisher, Staff writer

October 9, 2017


Filed under Hockey, Men's Sports, Sports

The start to the Illinois hockey team's season has gone almost exactly as envisioned. The Illini improved to 6-0 for the season after sweeping Northern Illinois at home in a weekend series. Despite the final scores of the games, the Illinois team got off to rough starts in each contest, finding...

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