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Illinois hockey hoping for a rebound year

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 Stephen Cohn, Staff writer

August 22, 2016

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,...

Hockey exits CSCHL Tournament, three individuals earn conference awards

Hockey exits CSCHL Tournament, three individuals earn conference awards

By Ethan Swanson

February 24, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] 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' James Mcging fights off a defender during the game against Lindenwold University at the Ice Arena on Saturday, January 30. The Illini lost 4-1.

By Ethan Swanson

February 18, 2016

Tweet: [email protected] 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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Olen’s return comes just in time to face No. 2 Iowa State

By Ethan Swanson

November 12, 2015

For the first time in over a month, when Illinois (9-3-2) takes its home ice Friday night against CSCHL opponent No. 3 Iowa State (13-2-2), both Olen brothers will be wearing skates for the Illini.After suffering a broken ankle in the Illini’s neutral-site series with Alabama Oct. 2-3, John Olen, the senior ...

Illinois hockey can’t afford to overlook Division II Indiana

By Ethan Swanson

November 5, 2015

Whatever the Illinois hockey team found in its near-sweep of then-No. 2 Ohio University Bobcats Oct 23-24 seemed to be lost again after a brutal 7-1 loss to an Illinois State team that was ranked No. 40 out of only 55 teams in the Division I tier of the ACHA.With the Illini (7-5) struggling to prove their legitimac...

Illini of the week Oct. 28: Joe Olen

Illini of the week Oct. 28:  Joe Olen

By Ethan Swanson

October 27, 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.On Oct. 24, 2014, Central States Collegiate Hockey League rival Ohio trav...

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...

Shutout and shootout help Illini hockey to statement weekend

Illinois left wing Eric Cruickshank takes a shot during Saturday's game against Ohio University at the Ice Arena. Cruickshank had both Illini goals during the game but missed his shootout attempt. Illinois lost in the shootout 2-3 but split the two game series 1-1.

By Ethan Swanson

October 25, 2015

Prior to last weekend, Illinois was a team still searching to justify its No. 13 ranking in the ACHA preseason poll.With early injuries to key players Aaron Dusek, Joey Caprio and last season’s point leader John Olen, Illinois (6-2-2) was faced with its toughest test of the season on Homecoming we...

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