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John Carroll University sophomore forward Sean Deakin and NIU sophomore forward Jason Kliment race to the puck during the Huskies season-opening game on Sept. 16 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

Huskies ready to ‘right the ship’ with Midland rematch

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | January 19, 2023

DeKALB – NIU Hockey (2-20, 1-11 MCH) looks to stabilize after back-to-back double digit losses to the University of Jamestown when they travel to Fremont, Nebraska, to take on the Midland University Warriors (3-17, 3-5 MCH) for a two-game weekend road...

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 forward Nick Gonzalez (left) and senior defenseman Alec Porzondek greet each other before NIU’s first game of its series against Midland University on Oct. 14 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee. The team plans to use its team-building opportunities from last weekend’s road trip against the University of Jamestown to help the Huskies get their first win of 2022 against Waldorf University this weekend. (Beverly Buchinger | NIU Hockey)

NIU hockey eyes win No. 1 in home clash with Waldorf

By Alex Crowe, Senior Sports Reporter | November 10, 2022
NIU hockey aims to take lessons learned against top-ranked competition into its upcoming conference battle with Waldorf on Veterans’ Day weekend.
Senior forward Brad Krauser finds the back of the net during NIUs 6-1 loss to Robert Morris University on Feb. 15 at Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, Illinois. 

Hockey can’t keep its foot on the gas in loss to Missouri State

By Matt Boecker | February 24, 2020

DeKALB — Hockey started strong but couldn’t hold its two goal lead in a 7-4 loss to the Missouri State University Ice Bears on Saturday night. NIU had a strong first period, getting a pair of goals from first-year forwards Hunter Wahl and Rodahn...

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 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 group of Huskies celebrate a goal against Kent State University on Jan. 10 at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.

Hockey sweeps Waldorf University with a win Sunday

By Matt Boecker | February 3, 2020

DeKALB — First-year forward Rodahn Evans’ overtime goal lifted NIU above the Waldorf University Warriors.NIU’s 5-4 win Sunday evening clinched the Huskies’ weekend sweep over the Warriors. This is the first time NIU has swept an opponent this...

First-year defenseman Drake Gieseke prepares for a pass Nov. 9 during a home loss to McKendree University at Canlan Ice Sports in West Dundee.

Seven goals in two periods by Toledo enough to silence Huskies

By Matt Boecker | December 7, 2019

DeKALB — The hockey team went down early and never recovered in its loss Friday to the University of Toledo.NIU dropped game one of a two-game set by a score of 8-3 at the Team Toledo Ice House. The win snapped an eight-game losing streak for the Rockets.In...

Pierce remembers time playing in different states, overseas

By Matt Boecker | December 5, 2019

DeKALB — Not many people can say they’ve lived in five states and three countries by the time they were 18 years old. Even fewer can say they played hockey while doing so.Hunter Pierce was born in North Pole, Alaska. When Hunter was eight years old,...

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....

First-year forward Rodahn Evans keeps the puck close Sept. 27 during NIUs 3-2 loss to Western Michigan University at the Canlan Ice Center in West Dundee.

Evans credits his work ethic on upbringing in Alaska

By Matt Boecker | November 6, 2019

DeKALB — For most people, an encounter with a bear would shake them to their core.But for Alaska-native Rodahn Evans, he’ll say a bear is nothing to be afraid of. There is another animal roaming Alaska that is much more aggressive.“A [mother] moose...

Hockey edges Waldorf in its second victory of the season

By Matt Boecker | November 3, 2019

DeKALB — The Huskies bounced back Saturday with a nail-biting 5-4 victory against Waldorf University after a 4-1 loss Friday to the Warriors.The Huskies traveled to Albert Lea, Minnesota where they split two weekend matches at the Albert Lea City Arena.After...