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Illinois hockey completes sweep of Illinois State

By Ethan Swanson

February 14, 2016

Sitting a single point outside the 20 qualifying spots for the ACHA national tournament in March, Illinois (18-13-3) needed to win – and win big – against in-state rival Illinois State (12-22-4) Saturday.“There are three teams within a point ahead of us,” sophomore forward James Mcging said....

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...

Illinois hockey splits shootouts with No. 2 Iowa State

By Ethan Swanson

November 16, 2015

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...

With John Olen out, brother Joe and Co. step up for Illini hockey

Defenseman Austin Zima fires a shot on goal during the game against Ohio University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, October 24. Illinois lost 2-3 in the shootout.

By Ethan Swanson

October 26, 2015

Prior to the Illini’s statement win against then ACHA No. 7 Ohio last Friday, if an Illinois fan heard the name “Olen”, one would most likely think it was a reference to senior captain John Olen, the Illini’s scoring leader last season.Last weekend, however, little brother Joe was the Olen t...

Illini of the Week Oct. 21: Eric Cruickshank

Portrait of Eric Cruickshank.

By Ethan Swanson

October 20, 2015

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.If Eric Cruickshank hadn’t been involved in Illinois hockey’s weekended serie...

By any other name: Illinois hockey nicknames

By Cole Henke

October 7, 2015

Talking to Illinois hockey players can be confusing for somebody who hasn’t been around the team much.Most of the players refer to each other by nicknames. Some are just shortened versions of the players’ last names, and sometimes they are hard to decipher. Some have good stories behind them.Some...

A conversation with an Illini: Austin Zima

A conversation with an Illini: Austin Zima

By Kevin McCarthy

September 29, 2015

As smooth as he is on the ice, apparently he’s even smoother on the dance floor — Illini defenseman Austin Zima sat down to talk with me about everything from my flow to his beard.Kevin McCarthy: You guys got your butts handed to you on Saturday night against the Oklahoma Sooners. What happ...

Illinois hockey picking up where it left off

By Cole Henke

August 17, 2015

It took a few rough patches before Illinois hockey was able to adjust and come together at the end of last season. This season, the team is looking to skip the growing pains.The Illini went 8-9 in the CSCHL last season, which placed them fourth out of the five teams in the conference. A strong finish...