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Senior forward Hunter Wahl battles for the puck in the neutral zone against a Purdue University Northwest player during the Huskies match against the Pride on Oct. 14, 2022

Hockey looks to play spoiler in regular season finale

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | February 15, 2023

DeKALB – NIU hockey wraps up its regular season when they travel to Bloomington to take on the rival No. 12 ranked Illinois State University Redbirds in a two-game series Friday and Saturday.  Last time the Huskies (4-26, 1-17 MCH) met the Redbirds...

Senior defenseman Alec Porzondek makes a breakout pass during NIU hockeys game against Purdue University Northwest on Oct. 14.

Huskies subdued by Waldorf in weekend series

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | February 14, 2023

FEB. 10   ALBERT LEA – Costly turnovers and failure to convert on scoring opportunities catalyzed NIU hockey’s 7-1 defeat to the Waldorf University Warriors Friday in Minnesota.  With the loss, The Huskies’ (4-25, 1-16 MCH) losing streak...

NIU hockey poses with Santa during a postgame skate with the team after its 5-3 win over McKendree University on Dec. 3. (Photo courtesy of NIU hockey)

NIU hockey high effort, low profile, all heart

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | February 8, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Athletics is a staple of the university’s identity, with students and fans enjoying time with their friends and seizing an opportunity to watch high-quality athletes represent the school. NCAA college athletes at NIU go through rigorous...

NIU senior forward Hunter Wahl in the Huskies season opener versus John Carroll University on Sept. 16, 2022. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Huskies swept by McKendree in weekend series

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | February 5, 2023

FEB. 3 O’FALLON – Defensive zone breakdowns and undisciplined play cost a short-handed NIU hockey in its first of a two-game series in O’Fallon, falling to the McKendree University Bearcats by a final score of 6-3 on Friday.  The loss halted...

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)

Huskies prepare for road showdown against McKendree

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | February 2, 2023

DeKALB – NIU hockey is gearing up to travel four hours south to wrap up its season series against the McKendree University Bearcats on Friday and Saturday in O’Fallon.  The teams split their first weekend series in early December, with McKendree...

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)

Huskies preparing for final home series vs. Drury

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | January 25, 2023

DeKALB – Huskies Hockey (2-22, 1-13 MCH) looks to get back in the win column after being swept by Midland in Nebraska when they take on Drury University (2-13, 2-13 MACHA) in the final home series of the season Friday and Saturday.  NIU has struggled...

Chicago Blackhawks Jonathan Toews (19) battles for the puck against Philadelphia Flyers Scott Laughton (21) and Cam York (45) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

COLUMN: Blackhawks should keep Toews at trade deadline

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | January 20, 2023

The trade deadline is approaching in the NHL, which for Blackhawks fans means familiar faces may end up in different places.  Contenders are gearing up to bolster their roster and bottom-dwellers are selling their top players for future assets and...

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, Assistant Sports Editor | 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. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Hockey set to defend home against ranked Illinois State

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | 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, Assistant Sports Editor | 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...

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

Capek and Kliment making the leap to Division I

By Kalesia Williams, Sports Reporter | October 5, 2022

Before the 2022-23 season, the NIU hockey program made some changes. Instead of two divisions, there is only Division I for this season. "We consolidated this year to focus on one team and build a program the right way,” Division I head coach Brad...

NIU hockey’s struggles persist after sweep by DePaul

By Alex Crowe and Kalesia Williams | September 25, 2022

DeKALB – The Huskies hockey team (0-3, 0-0 MCH) dropped the first game of their home-and-home weekend series against the DePaul University Blue Demons (3-0, 0-0 NCHL) by a final score of 8-2. New opponent, same results The teams traded scoring chances...