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Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural division 1 season

Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural D1 season

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 23, 2020

DeKALB — The Huskies reflect on the program's first season at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 1 level and talk about expectations for next season. Before the season started, Head Coach Mike Rucinski realized NIU’s first season at D1 would be about building the program’s ...

Hockey reveals what they’ve learned about their teammates

A group of Huskie players celebrate a goal Jan. 10 during NIU’s 4-2 loss against Kent State University at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

March 5, 2020

DeKALB — This hockey season was NIU’s first at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s Division 1 level. After the bump up from the Division 2 ranks, the team was able to recruit higher-skilled players. This meant NIU saw a flood of new faces on the D1 roster. Only four of the 22 players ...

Hockey ends the regular season on high note, looks ahead to MCH playoffs

NIU celebrates a goal against Waldorf University on Feb. 2 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. The Huskies would go on to win 5-4 in overtime.

February 29, 2020

DeKALB — Senior forward Brad Krauser and sophomore goaltender Brian Eisele came through in crunch time to help lift hockey over the Maryville University Saints 4-3 Saturday night. The Huskies and Saints played a tight game that required a shootout to decide a winner. On Senior Night, NIU’s lon...

Hockey loses back and forth game to Maryville University

First-year forward Rodahn Evans carries the puck up ice Feb. 14 against Robert Morris University at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. NIU would go on to lose 10-3.

Matt Boecker, Assistant Sports Editor

February 29, 2020

DeKALB — Hockey held a pair of leads but couldn't secure the victory, losing to the Maryville University Saints Friday night. NIU had some opportunities, but could never distance itself from Maryville after gaining the lead twice. This allowed the Saints to keep pace with the Huskies and eventually p...