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Sophomore defenseman Brandon Peters and sophomore goaltender Grant Goodson battle for possession of the puck in front of NIUs goal during a matchup against the John Carroll University on Sept. 16. The Huskies allowed seven shots into their net in a 7-1 loss to open their 2022 campaign. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

NIU hockey sets sights on battle with Blue Demons

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | September 22, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies hockey team (0-2, 0-0 MCH) look to bounce back from their season-opening series loss to John Carroll University when they take on the DePaul University Blue Demons (2-0, 0-0 NCHL) in a home-and-home two-game series Friday and Saturday. The...

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)

Hockey faces growing pains on opening weekend

By Alex Crowe, Sports Reporter | September 18, 2022
The NIU hockey team began its 67th season in the loss column after back-to-back blowouts by JCU
Stoffers brings energy to Huskie hockey

Stoffers brings energy to Huskie hockey

By Aliyah DePersio | September 14, 2022

NIU hockey welcomed its newest head coach, Brad Stoffers, to the team this offseason. Stoffers is an energetic addition with a lot of hockey knowledge and experience. He has been a hockey coach for 15 years and has coached all over the country. “I...

Division III hockey jumps to DII

Division III hockey jumps to DII

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | December 17, 2021

DeKALB — NIU Hockey announced on Dec. 10 that its Division III hockey team will be joining the Northern Collegiate Hockey League of the American Collegiate Hockey Association beginning in the 2022-2023 season. The Huskies will be joining the Orange...

Junior forward Rodahn Evans plays the puck in an NIU Division I hockey game.

Rodahn Evans: The NIU Hockey star flying under the radar

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 23, 2021

At a glance Fairbanks-native grew up playing on outdoor rinks Advice from former GM led him to NIU Close knit relationship with roommates, teammates Junior forward Rodahn Evans of NIU’s Division I hockey team looks to continue his...

Junior defenseman Drake Gieseke handles the puck during NIUs Sept. 24 game against Purdue Northwest. The two losses to the Pride put NIU at 0-4 to start the season.

NIU hockey struggles versus Saints

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | November 8, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU hockey team suffered consecutive losses against the Maryville University Saints by 6-3 Friday and 8-1 Saturday. Friday: Saints 6, Huskies 3 Maryville’s early start on Friday allowed them to claim the lead early and maintain the...

Junior defenseman Drake Gieseke handles the puck during NIUs Sept. 24 game against Purdue Northwest. The two losses to the Pride put NIU at 0-4 to start the season.

Hockey loses two versus Midland

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | October 25, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU Division I hockey program suffered back-to-back losses against Midland University, losing 4-1 Friday and 5-2 Saturday on the road in Fremont, Neb. Friday: Warriors 4, Huskies 1 After the first period of the game went scoreless, the...

Junior forward Rodahn Evans plays the puck in an NIU Division I hockey game.

Hockey drops two games to Waldorf

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | October 10, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU Division I hockey program was swept in a two-game series against Waldorf University, losing 6-3 Friday and 4-1 Saturday. Friday: Warriors 6, Huskies 3 Waldorf scored first with a goal from junior forward Zachary Jimenez. The Huskies...

Junior forward Rodahn Evans plays the puck in an NIU Division I hockey game.

Hockey picks up first win of season

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | October 3, 2021

DeKALB — NIU’s Division I hockey team trounced the Western Michigan University Broncos Friday 8-3 before suffering a 6-2 loss Saturday. Friday: Huskies 8, Broncos 3 The Huskies came out swinging in the first period with a goal shot from junior...

Junior defenseman Drake Gieseke handles the puck during NIUs Sept. 24 game against Purdue Northwest. The two losses to the Pride put NIU at 0-4 to start the season.

NIU D-I hockey drop pair to Pride

By Skyler Kisellus, Sports Editor | September 26, 2021

DeKALB — The NIU Division I hockey program lost to the Division II Purdue University Northwest Pride 3-2 Friday and 6-1 Saturday. During Friday’s contest at home in West Dundee, the first period saw no scoring from either team. The Pride drew first...

Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural D1 season

Formal NIU hockey season might not happen until August

By Kyle Mathas | February 2, 2021

DeKALB — The 2021 NIU hockey season has been restricted to only in-state Division 1 programs for Spring 2021.  NIU hockey president Justin Garr said the season will be played with some restrictions. The team will still practice and look for teams...

Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural D1 season

Hockey looks back on lessons learned after inaugural Division 1 season

By Matt Boecker | 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...

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