The Daily Illini

Illinois reaches critical weekend for conference play

John Olen sends a pass across the ice 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 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...

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...

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

James Mcging puts a shot on goal during the game against Indiana at the Ice Arena on Saturday, Nov. 6. Illinois won 5-2.

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...

Friday night smackdown: Illini hockey gets rough

Tadayoshi Shibata stretches to block a shot during the game against Ohio University at the Ice Arena on Friday, Oct. 23. Illinois won 2-0.

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...

Illinois hockey tries to recover from the loss of Olen

Left winger Jack Soneson takes a shot on goal during Illinois' 5-3 victory over Robert Morris at the Ice Arena on Saturday night.

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 bounces back for big win against Robert Morris

By Cole Henke

October 18, 2015

The Illinois hockey team was eager to start its conference season on a high note against Robert Morris on FridayJT. The Illini ended up having to wait one more night to reach that high note.The No. 7 Eagles (1-3-0 CSCHL) started their conference season with two losses to Lindenwood. But they picked up...

Illini of the Week Oct. 22: Joe Olen

Illini goalie enables a win for the team, preventing 26 attempted goals by Michigan-Dearborn.

By Daniel Dexter

October 22, 2014

Goalie Joe Olen needed his teammates to bail him out. Midway through the third period, the Illinois hockey team found itself down by two goals against Michigan-Dearborn at the Illinois Ice Arena. Then with less than four minutes to go in the game, the Illini clawed their way back. Defenseman Austin Z...