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From left: Goalies Ben Vutci, a junior, and Jacob Stermin, a freshman standing in front of the rest of their team with NIU Hockey head coach Brad Stoffers as they exit their locker room before the third period of the team’s game on Saturday at Canlan Sports in West Dundee. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: NIU Hockey faces ISU in weekend games

By Sean Reed, Multimedia Editor | November 21, 2022

NIU freshman forward Cam Pathana handles the puck against a Purdue University Northwest player during a hockey game on Oct. 14 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

NIU’s win drought continues after sweep by Redbirds

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 20, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – NIU hockey (0-16, 0-8 MCH) continued its losing streak Saturday, falling in the second of a two-game home series against Illinois State University (14-2-2, 9-2-1 MCH) by a final score of 5-0. The shutout loss was the Huskies’ eighth...

NIU freshman forward Cam Pathana (64) pressures a Purdue University Northwest player during a game on Oct. 14 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey falls to Illinois State, extends losing streak to 15

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 19, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – NIU hockey (0-15, 0-7 MCH) fell short of obtaining its first win of the season Friday, dropping the opener of a two-game home series to Illinois State University (13-2-2, 8-2-1 MCH) by a final score of 10-1. The loss was NIU’s 15th...

NIU junior goaltender Ben Vutci kneels on the ice during a game against Midland University on Oct. 14. Vutci surrended four goals in NIUs home matchup with the Waldorf University Warriors on Friday, resulting in him getting pulled in the first period in favor of freshman goaltender Jacob Piros (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey set to defend home against ranked Illinois State

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 18, 2022

DeKALB – NIU hockey (0-14, 0-6 MCH) looks to end its 14-game losing streak against the Illinois State University Redbirds (12-2-2, 7-2-1 MCH) in a two-game home series Friday and Saturday.  The Huskies have struggled to find an identity during this...

NIU senior forward Rodahn Evans navigates the puck against John Carroll University junior defender Clayton Gazdak during a game on Sept. 17 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Huskies hockey drop 14th straight against Waldorf

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 15, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – NIU hockey’s (0-14, 0-6 MCH) losing streak hit 14 games Saturday when it dropped its weekend series finale against Waldorf University (5-8-2, 3-5-2 MCH) by a final score of 6-3. The Huskies spent much of the opening period in the...

NIU junior goaltender Ben Vutci kneels on the ice during a game against Midland University on Oct. 14. Vutci surrended four goals in NIUs home matchup with the Waldorf University Warriors on Friday, resulting in him getting pulled in the first period in favor of freshman goaltender Jacob Piros (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Huskies fall flat in Veterans’ Day outing

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 12, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – The Huskies’ hockey team (0-13, 0-5 MCH) extended its losing streak to 13 games, dropping the first of its two-game home series against Waldorf University (4-8-2, 2-5-2 MCH) by a final score of 9-2 Friday. Waldorf pounced on the Huskies...

Logo for All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast (Graphic by Harrison Linden | Northern Star)

‘All-Star: A huskie sports podcast,’ Episode 5: NIU hockey’s Luke Marks and head coach Brad Stoffers

By Northern Star Sports Staff | November 11, 2022

In this episode of “All-Star: A Huskie Sports Podcast,” sports editor Skyler Kisellus and sports reporter Alex Crowe to discuss NIU’s rebuilding hockey program with first-year head coach Brad Stoffers and sophomore defenseman Luke Marks. Skyler...

Senior forward Nick Gonzalez (left) and senior defenseman Alec Porzondek greet each other before NIU’s first game of its series against Midland University on Oct. 14 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. The team plans to use its team-building opportunities from last weekend’s road trip against the University of Jamestown to help the Huskies get their first win of 2022 against Waldorf University this weekend. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

NIU hockey eyes win No. 1 in home clash with Waldorf

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 10, 2022
NIU hockey aims to take lessons learned against top-ranked competition into its upcoming conference battle with Waldorf on Veterans’ Day weekend.
Sophomore defenseman Keaton Peters (4) handles the puck during a game against John Carroll University on Sept. 16 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

NIU held scoreless in Jamestown road trip

By Kalesia Williams, Sports Reporter | November 7, 2022

DeKALB – NIU hockey struggles persist as the Huskies fell short in the series against the University of Jamestown Jimmies. The pair off losses extends the Huskies losing streak to twelve, having yet to win a game this season. The Huskies (0-12, 0-4...

The starting lineup for the NIU hockey team crowds by its goal for a pre-game meeting before NIUs game against Purdue University Northwest on Oct. 14. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey drops second-straight conference matchup

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 3, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – The NIU hockey team’s (0-10, 0-2 MCH) losing streak hit double digits Saturday when it dropped its 10th straight and the second of a two-game home series to the Midland University Warriors (2-6, 2-0 MCH) by a final score of 10-4. The...

Senior forward Hunter Wahl handles the puck during NIU hockey’s game against Purdue University Northwest on Oct. 14. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Meet Hunter Wahl, NIU hockey’s outspoken leader

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | November 2, 2022

Senior forward Hunter Wahl is leaving his mark during his last season with NIU hockey through his hard-working attitude and vocal leadership. Wahl grew up in Port Huron, Michigan, where his dad laced up his son’s skates before he started preschool. “I...

Member of NIUs Division I hockey team celebrate during its season-opening match against John Carroll University on Sept. 16. The Huskies fell to the Blue Streaks 7-1. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Huskies come out shorthanded against Midland

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | October 29, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – The Huskies hockey team (0-9, 0-1 MCH) fell in their Midwest College Hockey conference opener to the Midland University Warriors (1-6, 1-0 MCH) Friday by a final score of 3-0.  The teams traded scoring chances in the first period....

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