Hockey drops sixth straight game, paintball tournament cancelled


A change of scenery could not usher in new results for the NIU hockey team this past weekend after dropping two games to DePaul.

A MACHA showdown in Missouri resulted in more of the same as the Huskies dropped both games, 6-3 and 6-2 respectively. The Huskies are now 10-17-2 after the losses.

The Huskies out-shot the Tigers in the first game Friday night, 43-38, but the Tigers put up six goals in the first two periods of the contest while the Huskies got goals from Chris Imber and Tommy Hogan. Hogan’s goal was his first of the year.

“The first two periods killed us,” said club President Ian Kalanges. “Out-shooting them and still giving up six goals really hurt.”

The first two periods Saturday were better for the Huskies. Goals from Mike Sible and Chris Bednarek had the Huskies trailing only 3-2 heading into the third period. But a power play to start the third period catapulted the Tigers to a 6-2 victory, completing the weekend sweep.

“I think we outplayed them in the first two periods,” Kalanges said. “But the power play at the beginning of the third killed us.”

Junior forward Peter Alfano said mental breakdowns were the demise of the Huskies.

“I honestly think we beat ourselves this weekend,” Alfano said. “We’re hoping to have a good week of practice, fix some of our mental and defensive breakdowns and look to improve.”

The Huskies will look to snap a six-game losing streak this weekend as they travel to Lake Forest College.

In other club news:

•The Women’s Rugby Club is holding informational meetings in the Student Recreation Center tomorrow at 5 p.m. Another meeting will be held the following Wednesday at the same time.

•The NIU Paintball Club received some bad news this weekend that the tournament hosted by the University of Michigan in Ohio was canceled due to lack of interest. According to club President Dave Moore, only seven colleges signed up for the tournament and 12 were required.

“It’s unfortunate,” Moore said. “Most of the teams in our conference are from Illinois and didn’t want to make the trip. We were ready to drive five hours for this thing, but others obviously weren’t.”