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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 completes senior weekend sweep

By Lucas Wright

February 28, 2016

Tweet: With goals from seniors Yoshi Shibata and Kyle Varzino, Illinois hockey beats Indiana Tech 5-2.By Lucas WrightStaff writerIt took a team effort Saturday night, but the Illinois hockey team completed a sweep of No. 21 Indiana Tech with a 5-2 victory AGin its final home series of the year.Five s...

Illinois hockey gears up for final homestand

By Lucas Wright

February 24, 2016

The Illinois hockey team is looking for a win.The Illini will take the ice this weekend for their final home series of the year, coming off of a one-and-done showing at the CSCHL tournament. Fourth-seeded Illinois fell to the fifth-seeded Robert Morris Eagles in the opening round on Friday and have h...

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...

Olen and Mcging produce back-to-back hat tricks

James Mcging and John Olen prepare for practice.

By Ethan Swanson

February 18, 2016

Last weekend had all the right conditions for the perfect Illinois offensive storm.Only one ranking point outside the field of 20 qualifying teams for the ACHA national tournament entering last Friday, the Illini needed a substantial goal differential to win a potential tiebreaker — if the Illin...

Olen’s time with Illinois hockey is running out

By Lucas Wright

February 16, 2016

#Illini hockey captain John Olen’s career is in waning hours After going down with an ankle injury in October, captain John Olen’s final season and the Illini's 2015-16 campaign became filled with uncertainties.How would the team play without its captain at full capacity?How long would the injury affect him ...

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....

Olen nets hat trick in much-needed Illini hockey win

By Lucas Wright

February 13, 2016

Tweet: John Olen nets hat trick in @Illinihockey win over ISUAfter losing three straight games, the Illinois hockey team needed a win against Illinois State to bounce back and keep its season on track. In times like that, most teams look to their upperclassmen or captains to get the job done. En...

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...

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 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...

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