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Member of NIUs Division I hockey team celebrate during its season-opening match against John Carroll University on Sept. 16. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Evans, Huskies smother Drury on senior night

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | January 29, 2023
NIU hockey secured its first series sweep of the season, routing Drury on a night of celebration for the Huskies' seven seniors.
NIU junior goaltender Ben Vutci kneels on the ice during a game against Midland University on Oct. 14. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Huskies held scoreless in beatdown by Jamestown

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | January 14, 2023

WEST DUNDEE – NIU hockey was run out of its own building Friday in a 12-0 thrashing at the hands of the fourth-ranked University of Jamestown Jimmies (14-5, 8-1 MCH) at Canlan Ice Sports. The loss was the Huskies’ (2-19, 1-10 MCH) third loss to...

Member of NIUs Division I hockey team celebrate during its season-opening match against John Carroll University on Sept. 16. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey nabs win No. 2 to cap Roosevelt series

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | January 11, 2023

WEST DUNDEE – Key players returned for the Huskies’ hockey team, helping them to bounce back from Friday’s loss with a come-from-behind win over the Roosevelt University Lakers (6-10, 4-6 GLCHL) by a final score of 3-2 Saturday. The win was NIU’s...

Players from NIU hockey celebrate around their goal moments after securing their first win of the season on Saturday. NIU defeated McKendree 5-3, splitting the weekend series. (Skyler Kisellus | Northern Star)

Losers no more: NIU snaps 17-game skid

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | December 3, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – NIU hockey finally snapped its 17-game losing streak Saturday night, downing McKendree University by a final score of 5-3 to earn a series split. The much anticipated win was the Huskies’ (1-17, 1-9 MCH) first of the season, and put...

Senior defenseman Alec Porzondek watches NIU’s forecheck against the Illinois State University Redbirds during the last game of the home series on Nov. 19. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Missed scoring chances prove costly for Huskies

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | December 3, 2022

WEST DUNDEE – NIU’s inability to finish scoring chances was the main catalyst in its 6-1 loss at the hands of McKendree University Friday at Canlan Ice Sports.  The loss extended NIU hockey’s (0-17, 0-9 MCH) losing streak to 17 games while stretching...

Sophomore forward Tyler Gut tries to regain control of the puck in a Jan. 10 game against Kent State University at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.

Hockey falls to McKendree University, gets swept in season series

By Matt Boecker | February 9, 2020

DeKALB — A hobbled Huskie hockey team couldn’t slow down the McKendree University Bearcats on Saturday night, losing 6-1.Injuries to first-year defensemen Tyler Berry, Cullen MacNicoll and Drake Gieseke left NIU’s defense extremely depleted, leaving...

First-year forward Austin Walny (left) and senior forward Brad Krauser run a puck down the ice Nov. 8 against McKendree University.

Toledo win grants Rockets a sweep against Huskies in two-game weekend

By Matt Boecker | December 7, 2019

DeKALB — The hockey team took a loss Saturday in a physical game at the Team Toledo Ice House against the University of Toledo.After a tough 8-3 loss Friday, the Huskies dropped game two to the Rockets, 5-3. Head Coach Mike Rucinski said the effort...

First-year forward Mason Ihrke fights off an opponent for the puck Nov. 11 against McKendree University at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. 

Hockey fails to keep up with Illini as Huskies lose in Champaign

By Matt Boecker | November 16, 2019

DeKALB — NIU couldn’t slow down the University of Illinois’ offense in Friday night’s loss at the University of Illinois Ice Arena.Much of the game was spent on the Huskies’ end of the ice, as the Illini offense applied pressure all game long....

Huskies bounce back and earn first ever division one victory

By Matt Boecker | October 6, 2019

DeKALB — History has been written as the hockey team earned its first win at the Division 1 level.After losing 7-1 Friday night, the Huskies were able to exact some revenge, winning 3-1. This moves NIU to 1-3 on the season, and 1-1 in Midwest College...