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Freshman forward Micah Maldonado and freshman defenseman Jim Franklin line up for a faceoff during NIU Hockeys game against Midland University on Oct. 28. The Huskies dropped their 16th straight game to Illinois State by a final score of 6-3 on Saturday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey falls in penalty-riddled contest

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 12, 2023

BLOOMINGTON – The players of Illinois State (11-7, 4-4 MCH) and NIU Hockey (0-14-2, 0-10 MCH) wrestled around on the ice, pushed each other around and let the punches fly in what was a chippy 6-3 victory for Illinois State on Saturday.  The Redbirds’...

Freshman defenseman Jim Franklin rushes the puck into the offensive zone during NIU hockeys game against Kent State University on Sept. 15. Franklin scored his first collegiate goal in the game. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU hockey)

Hockey seeks revenge in first road series

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

DeKALB – After a disappointing opening weekend series against Kent State University, NIU hockey (0-2) is gearing up to travel downstate for a road matchup with the University of Illinois (0-0).  The Huskies dropped their two-game set to Kent State...

Freshman defenseman Jim Franklin lines up for a face off during NIU hockeys inter squad scrimmage on Aug. 18. NIU hockeys first game is on Sept. 15 against Kent State University. (Photo courtesy of NIU hockey)

Hockey’s new Huskies aim for culture shift

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | August 28, 2023

DeKALB – There were no signs of NIU hockey’s disappointing four-win 2022-2023, with smiles all around Canlan Ice Sports during the team’s training camp from Aug. 14-18. Head coach Brad Stoffers had a busy summer of recruiting players to help...