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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

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

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...

Illinois reaches critical weekend for conference play

Illinois reaches critical weekend for conference play

By Ethan Swanson

December 3, 2015

Tweet: [email protected] looks to make a jump in the conference standings this weekend against Robert Morris UniversityThe Illinois hockey team had last weekend off due to the Thanksgiving holiday festivities and feasts — a break the Illini desperately needed after their 8-0 loss to Lindenwood Univ...

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 welcoming back big-name players

Illinois hockey welcoming back big-name players

By Cole Henke

November 9, 2015

After several weeks of playing without multiple key players, the Illinois hockey team seems to be getting over its injury bug.Captain John Olen, forward Mike Fischer, center Josh Belmont, defensemen Austin Zima and winger Kyle Varzino are all planning on returning to the ice this weekend against Iowa...

McGing happy with being the assist man

McGing happy with being the assist man

By Cole Henke

November 3, 2015

A wingman at a bar always looks to set up his friends. James McGing, one of Illinois hockey’s wingers, always looks to set up his teammates.McGing leads the Illini with 16 points this season, 14 of which are assists. He and Eric Cruickshank (13 points) are the only two players on the Illini with 10 or mor...

Friday night smackdown: Illini hockey gets rough

Friday night smackdown: Illini hockey gets rough

By Cole Henke

November 2, 2015

During Friday’s game between Illinois and Illinois State, a player from both sides got disqualified from playing in Saturday’s game for fighting.Illinois’s Yoshi ShibataCC and Illinois State’s Luke MorinCC scrapped in the corner after a boarding call on Illinois State. Head coach Nick FabbriniCC w...

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

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

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

Shutout and shootout help Illini hockey to statement weekend

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...

Illinois hockey tries to recover from the loss of Olen

Illinois hockey tries to recover from the loss of Olen

By Cole Henke

October 19, 2015

The Illinois hockey team was without its captain this weekend against Robert Morris.Senior forward John Olen is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a broken ankle that he suffered against Alabama two weeks ago. Not having Olen on the ice was noticeably different for the Illini players.Olen recorded two points in ...

Illinois hockey finishes just short of goals

By Daniel Dexter

May 10, 2015

For the Illinois hockey team, the road to a successful season ended too early.The team finished with a 25-16-1 record and earned a berth in the ACHA national tournament, but were were eliminated  in the second round by rival Robert Morris. LBIllinois started the season by winning 12 of its first 17 gam...

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