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Illini hockey outmatch Rochester College in two-game sweep

Illini hockey outmatch Rochester College in two-game sweep

By Ethan Swanson

January 25, 2016


Filed under Sports

In its first home series of 2016, Illinois (15-10-3) managed to net 11 goals over the weekend against Rochester College (12-13-1) compared to just seven goals over its last four games.Even more notable, the Illini didn’t have to rely on the usual sophomore duo of Eric Cruickshank and James Mcging to c...

Illinois hockey gearing up for second-half run

By Ethan Swanson

December 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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


Filed under Sports

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...

Illinois hockey can’t afford to overlook Division II Indiana

By Ethan Swanson

November 5, 2015


Filed under Sports

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...

McGing happy with being the assist man

McGing happy with being the assist man

By Cole Henke

November 3, 2015


Filed under Sports

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


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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 embarrassed by Illinois State

By Cole Henke

November 1, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Illinois hockey team took care of business Friday night.Its game Saturday was a completely different story.Illinois State (5-9-1-1) ran Illinois (7-3-1-1) out of the rink Saturday with a 7-1 Redbirds win.The Redbirds were not supposed to be a challenge for the Illini. The Illini were ranked No. 13 in...

Illinois Hockey hopes to avoid slip up against Illinois State

By Cole Henke

October 28, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois hockey is nationally ranked in the ACHA and has an established spot in the CSCHL conference. Its opponent this weekend is not in the same boat.This is Illinois State’s (4-8-1-1) first year as a Division I club program. Right now, it acts as an independent team. The Redbirds look to join th...

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