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Sophomore forward Lucas Sturm watches his shot go into the net during NIU Hockeys win over Roosevelt University Friday. The Huskies dropped Saturdays game against the Lakers by a final score of 5-3. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Late surge powers Roosevelt over Hockey

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | January 7, 2024

BENSENVILLE – A pass off a skate, a breakaway, a goal. That was the sequence of events that helped Roosevelt University (9-10) stun NIU Hockey (2-21-2, 0-12 MCH) with a come-from-behind 5-3 win Saturday night.  The collapse came after NIU recovered...

Graduate student forward Rodahn Evans celebrates scoring the game-winning goal in NIU Hockeys 5-4 overtime win over Roosevelt University Friday. Evans goal helped the Huskies to their second win of the season. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey drowns Lakers in overtime thriller

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | January 6, 2024

BENSENVILLE – A combination of new and familiar faces helped NIU Hockey (2-20-2, 0-12 MCH) earn its second win of the season – a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 overtime victory over Roosevelt University (8-10) Friday night.  A familiar face in...

Sophomore forward Tommy Colwell shoots the puck during warmups before NIU Hockeys game against Arizona State on Nov. 19. The Huskies dropped their final game by a final score of 5-1 on Saturday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Marauders spoil end of Hockey’s semester

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | December 10, 2023

WEST DUNDEE – A night that started with celebration ended with familiar disappointment for NIU Hockey (1-20-2, 0-12 MCH), who fell to No. 6 ranked University of Mary (14-4, 10-1 MCH) in the final game before winter break by a final score of 5-1.  The...

Freshman forward Walker Smith pressures Midland senior defender Jack Royer NIU Hockeys game on Oct. 27. The Huskies welcomed new head coach Mychal Bangs to the bench in their 5-2 loss to the University of Mary on Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey welcomes new coach, fall to Marauders

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | December 9, 2023

WEST DUNDEE – After the release of former head coach Brad Stoffers on Oct. 27, NIU Hockey (1-19-2, 0-11 MCH) welcomed its new head coach to the bench in its 5-2 loss to No. 6 ranked University of Mary (13-4, 9-1 MCH) on Friday.  The Huskies have...

Members of NIU Hockey salute the crowd after the teams 5-3 loss to Midland University on Oct. 27. The Huskies have dropped 20 of their 21 games so far this season. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

COLUMN: NIU Hockey needs a wake-up call

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | December 6, 2023

DeKALB – If you told me in August that I would be sitting here writing a column about the infuriating ineptitude of NIU Hockey, I probably would have laughed in your face. I would have pointed out how the team is enacting a “new standard” motto...

Freshman defenseman Ethan Koval handles the puck in the defensive zone in NIU Hockeys game against Arizona State on Nov. 19. The Huskies fell to Purdue University Northwest by a final score of 6-1 on Saturday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey falls to Purdue Northwest, drop 4th straight

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | December 3, 2023

WEST DUNDEE – Start the game strong, come out flat in the second period, take penalties, turn the puck over and collapse into a blowout loss.  That formula persisted for NIU Hockey (1-18-2, 0-10 MCH) on Saturday, as it fell to the No. 11 ranked...

Freshman forward Walker Smith shoots the puck during warmups prior to NIU Hockeys game against Arizona State on Nov. 19. The Huskies were blown out by Purdue University Northwest by a final score of 14-2 on Friday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Playing without Pride: Hockey embarrassed by Purdue Northwest

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

HAMMOND – Pure destruction, annihilation and embarrassment were the words of the day in Hammond, Indiana, Friday. NIU Hockey (1-17-2) was utterly dismantled by Purdue University Northwest (15-5, 7-4 GLCHL) by a final score of 14-2.  A heroic 3-goal,...

Freshman forward Jeff Shirkey carries the puck into the offensive zone on Nov. 17 against Alabama. The Huskies are gearing up to take on No. 11 ranked Purdue University Northwest this weekend. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey looks to tame Pride

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 30, 2023

DeKALB – A well-rested and confident NIU Hockey is back from Thanksgiving break and ready to finish the semester on a positive note.  The Huskies (1-16-2, 0-10 MCH) have a tall task ahead of them coming out of the break, with a home-and-home weekend...

Freshman forward Micah Maldonado does a hockey stop while battling for the puck on Oct. 28 against Midland University. The Huskies dropped their third game of the ACHA Showcase 10-2 against Arizona State University on Sunday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey burned by Sun Devils

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 19, 2023

ROMEOVILLE – Just two days after breaking old habits and finding its first win of the season, NIU Hockey (1-16-2, 0-10 MCH) was embarrassed in the final game of the ACHA Showcase by No. 17 ranked Arizona State University (8-8) by a final score of 10-2.  The...

Graduate forward Nick Gonzalez, freshman forward Walker Smith and junior defenseman Keaton Peters line up for a faceoff during NIU Hockeys game against Illinois State on Nov. 11. The Huskies were shut out by the University of Rhode Island in their second game of the ACHA Showcase on Saturday. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey blanked by Rhode Island

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 19, 2023

ROMEOVILLE – A day after posting its first win, NIU Hockey returned to familiar territory in the loss column in Game 2 of the ACHA Showcase. The Huskies (1-15-2, 0-10 MCH) post-win spirits were dampened by the University of Rhode Island Rams (8-7),...

Fifth-year defenseman Alec Porzondek celebrates scoring in NIU Hockeys 4-1 win over Alabama on Friday. The Huskies earned their first win of the season in the win over the Crimson Tide. (Courtesy NIU Hockey)

Streak snappers: Hockey rolls past Tide to first win

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 18, 2023

ROMEOVILLE – After over two months of struggle that saw 16 straight losses, it has finally happened: NIU Hockey has won its first game of the season.  The Huskies (1-14-2, 0-10 MCH) earned the long-awaited victory over the University of Alabama...

Freshman defenseman Ethan Koval rushes the puck through the neutral zone in NIU Hockeys game on Oct. 13. The Huskies will face Alabama, Rhode Island and Arizona State in the ACHA Showcase this weekend. (Courtesy of NIU Hockey)

Hockey to participate in ACHA Showcase

By Alex Crowe, Assistant Sports Editor | November 16, 2023

DeKALB – A difficult challenge is on the horizon for NIU Hockey (0-14-2, 0-10 MCH), who are taking a break from conference play this weekend to participate in the ACHA Showcase event in Romeoville.  The Huskies will face three opponents within the...