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Illini hockey swept in Ohio

Illinois' Joey Caprio goes for a pass during round one of the CSCHL hockey tournament v. Iowa State at the Ice Arena on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Illinois won 2-1.

By Ethan Swanson

February 7, 2016

When the Illinois hockey team last faced Ohio on Oct. 23-24, the following week it took on Illinois State. After this past weekend’s road series with the Bobcats, the next foe on the Illini’s schedule is the Redbirds.That is the only similarity between Illinois’ (16-12-3) two se...

Illinois hockey hits the road for rematch with Ohio

Illinois' Eric Cruickshank carries the puck up the ice during the game against Lindenwold University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, January 30. The Illini lost 4-1.

By Ethan Swanson

February 4, 2016

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

Illinois' James McGing carries the puck up the ice during the game against Lindenwood University at the Ice Arena on Saturday. The Illini lost 4-1.

By Lucas Wright

February 1, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] 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

Illinois' Kyle Varzino (27) tries to keep the puck away from Ohio during the Ohio hockey game at the Ice Arena on Oct. 24. The Illini had a pair of matches this weekend against Aurora.

By Lucas Wright

January 30, 2016

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 prepare for matchup with No. 1 Lindenwood

Illinois' James Mcging (13) fights for puck during the game against Western Michigan University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Illinois won 4-3.

By Lucas Wright

January 27, 2016

A tall task lies ahead this weekend for the Illinois hockey team.The No. 15 Illini will meet the Lindenwood Lions on Friday night for their first opportunity to knock off a No. 1 ranked team in the nation. Lindenwood jumped two spots to hold the top ranking after sweeping Oklahoma last week.Even though t...

Illini of The Week Jan 27: James Mcging


By Ethan Swanson

January 27, 2016

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...

Illinois’ offense steps up to sweep Rochester College

Illinois' James Mcging (13) looks for an open pass during the game against Western Michigan University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015. Illinois won 4-3.

By Ethan Swanson

January 26, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] gets first sweep of 2016 behind an impressive offensive displayIllinois hockey had no problem finding the back of the net in last weekend’s sweep of Rochester College — notching 6-3 and 5-2 wins, respectivelyRB.With top-tier scorers like sophomores Eric Cruickshank a...

Illini hockey outmatch Rochester College in two-game sweep

John Olen takes a shot during the game against Western Michigan University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, Dec. 11.

By Ethan Swanson

January 25, 2016

In its first home series of 2016, Illinois (15-10-3) managed to net 11 goals over the weekend against Rochester College (12-13-1) compared to just seven goals over its last four games.Even more notable, the Illini didn’t have to rely on the usual sophomore duo of Eric Cruickshank and James Mcging to c...

Illinois hockey gearing up for second-half run

By Ethan Swanson

December 9, 2015

Tweet: Illinois Hockey has been inconsistent so far this season #IlliniBy Ethan SwansonStaff writerEditor’s note: This story’s publication was before Illinois played Western Michigan on Dec. 11-12.The first half of the Illinois hockey season has not been a failure by any measure, but there is a se...

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

Eric Cruickshank takes a shot during the game against Iowa State at the Ice Arena on Saturday, Nov. 14. Illinois lost 3-2 in a shootout.

By Ethan Swanson

December 8, 2015

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

Aaron Dusek takes a shot during the game against Indiana at the Ice Arena on Saturday, Nov. 6. Illinois won 5-2.

By Ethan Swanson

December 7, 2015

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 ...

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

Aaron Dusek carries the puck up the ice during the game at the Ice Arena against Iowa State on Friday, November 13. Illinois won 4-3 in a shootout.

By Cole Henke

November 17, 2015

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 doe...

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