Hockey hosts conference foe in final weekend of semester

By Northern Star Staff

DeKALB – NIU hockey is the only team scheduled to defend home this weekend while both of NIU’s basketball teams travel on the road. Meanwhile, NIU’s track and field season gets underway with an event hosted by the University of Notre Dame.

Friday, Dec. 2


7:30 p.m. | vs. McKendree University

West Dundee / Canlan Ice Sports

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NIU hockey enters its final series of the calendar year still in search of its first win. The Huskies play host to the McKendree Bearcats, a Midwest College Hockey rival, with an opportunity to head into Winter Break with a win or two.


8 p.m. | at University of Idaho

Moscow, Idaho / ICCU Arena

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Men’s basketball takes itself to Moscow, Idaho, for a brush with the Vandals. NIU heads in looking to continue the success it had in Tuesday’s triumph over Eastern Illinois University.


Blue and Gold Invitational

South Bend, Ind.

Supporters of NIU’s track and field program will get their first look at the 2023’ squad as the Huskies travel west to Indiana. There, NIU will compete in the Blue and Gold Invitational.

Saturday, Dec. 3


3:30 p.m. | at Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Ill. / First Mid Court at Lantz Arena

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Women’s basketball enters Saturday’s battle of in-state opponents with an impressive 6-1 record. NIU will challenge the Panthers with a lineup that features a formidable trio of players like senior guard Chelby Koker, senior forward A’Jah Davis and graduate guard Janae Poisson.


5 p.m. | vs. McKendree University

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The Huskies will return to the ice Saturday to resume their series against McKendree, their final game of the 2022 calendar year.

Sunday, Dec. 4


All day | Cougar Clash

Edwardsville, Ill. / First Community Arena

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NIU wrestling opens its December slate with a road trip to Southern Illinois. The Huskies are set to go head-to-head with the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Cougars as NIU sits at a 3-2 record.