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Sophomore goaltender Brian Eisele jumps on a loose puck during NIUs Feb. 15 loss to Robert Morris University at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. 

Hockey loses hard-fought game to Missouri State

By Matt Boecker | February 22, 2020

DeKALB — After mounting a comeback from a two goal deficit, the Huskies couldn’t keep the momentum rolling in a 5-3 loss to the Missouri State University Ice Bears on Friday night. NIU was down 3-1 toward the end of the second period, but the team...

Hockey can’t continue win streak, dropping game one to McKendree University

By Matt Boecker | February 8, 2020

DeKALB — Hockey struggled on both ends of the ice against the 29th ranked McKendree University Bearcats in a loss Friday night in O’Fallon, Illinois.After a pair of blowout losses to McKendree earlier in the season, NIU had this weekend circled on...

Hockey eager for another shot at McKendree University

By Matt Boecker | February 5, 2020

DeKALB — NIU Hockey will take its two-game win streak to O’Fallon, Illinois for a grudge match Feb. 7 and 8 against the McKendree University Bearcats.The Huskies were routed by McKendree earlier this season, losing 18-2 and 12-4  Nov. 8 and 9 respectively....

A pair of goals isn’t enough to land NIU Hockey in the win column

By Matt Boecker | January 26, 2020

DeKALB — Maryville University completes the two game sweep, defeating NIU 4-2 Jan. 25 in Chesterfield, Missouri.The Huskies’ offense showed more life compared to recent games, but it wasn’t enough to get the win over Midwest College Hockey rival...

First-year forward Nick Gonzalez celebrates with his team Sept. 27 during NIU’s home loss against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Sports. 

Huskies work through tough season to build program foundation

By Matt Boecker | December 10, 2019

DeKALB — Bob Dylan once said anything worth doing takes time.This sums up the first half of NIU’s first season at the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s D1 level. The team’s record currently sits at 3-12 and 3-5 in Midwest College Hockey...

Five-minute penalty cripples Huskies in hockey’s loss to Illinois State

By Matt Boecker | November 24, 2019

DeKALB — Hockey was unable to complete the two-game sweep Saturday against Midwest College Hockey rival Illinois State University.After taking game one on Friday, the Huskies weren’t able to keep their foot on the gas to win consecutive games for...

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 reflect on transition and level of play in college hockey

By Matt Boecker | November 4, 2019

DeKALB — NIU hockey is going through a major transitional period in its inaugural season at the D1 level.NIU’s American Collegiate Hockey Association D2 team was bumped up to D1 for the first time in program history. Only four players on the D1 team...

Sophomore forward Brandon Ledyard gears up for a shot Set. 27 during an eventual 3-2 loss against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Center in West Dundee.

Hockey heads to break after tough loss against Iowa

By Matt Boecker | October 13, 2019

DeKALB — The Hockey D1 team couldn’t keep up with the University of Iowa’s DII team on Friday night at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.Despite playing its most disciplined game of the year, taking only four penalties, NIU didn’t have an answer...

Multitude of penalties plunge the Hockey team in loss to Midland

By Matt Boecker | October 5, 2019

DeKALB — Seven goals in two periods were more than enough to silence the hockey team in Friday’s 7-1 loss to Midland University at the Canlan Ice Center in West Dundee. The officials were fair in handing out penalties, as NIU finished with 19 and...

First-year forward Nick Gonzalez seconds before opening the score Friday in a 3-2 loss against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Center in West Dundee.

Hockey falls again to Western Michigan, lose 3-0

By Matt Boecker | September 29, 2019

DeKALB — In their inaugural division one games this weekend, the Huskies lost twice against Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Center in West Dundee.Game two Saturday saw the Stallions hold the Huskies scoreless, as NIU lost 3-0.After losing...

Revamped hockey team set to take on Western Michigan in season opener

By Matt Boecker | September 22, 2019

DeKALB — In the offseason, the hockey team made the jump from the American Collegiate Hockey Association’s division two rank to the newly formed Midwest College Hockey.MHC is still backed by the ACHA, but it is a division one league. This is the first...

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