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10/11/2018: The Illini took on in-state rival Illinois State On thursday night starting the Illini's three game weekend.  Both teams traded chances in the first period with neither team able to break the stalemate.  After going into the locker room knotted at 0-0 the Redbirds came out flying in the second scoring twice pushing their advantage to 2-0.  The Illini were able to get some chances of their own in third frame but were unable to break the ice.  The Redbirds were able to add to their lead with a late power play goal making the score 3-0.

10/6/2018: The Illini were looking to rebound after a tough opening game of a two game series against the Cyclones.  Both teams traded chances in the first period, with Iowa State finally breaking through late in the period.  The Illini were given a huge opportunity at the end of the first period when the Cyclones were assessed a 5 minute major penalty.   The Illini were unable to capatlize however and the cyclones were able to take control of the game from there.  The Cyclones would end up winning by a score of 8-0.  Fighting Illini Record: 1 Wins, 3 Losses, 0 Overtime Losses

10/5/2018: The Illini Traveled to Iowa State University for the first of two MACHA games.  The short handed Illini got off to a rough start giving up 4 goals in the first period.  Shortly Before the end of the period, Eric Flakus was able to cut the Cyclones lead to three with a powerplay goal at the end of the first period.  The Cyclones would answer early in the second peroid however increasing their lead back to 4.  Early in the third Christian Rutledge was able to score his first goal in an Illini uniform, making the score 5-2.  That was the last of the Illini offense however, and the cyclones were able to add to their lead late in the game eventually stretching their lead to 8-2.  Fighting Illini Record: 1 Wins, 2 Losses, 0 Overtime Losses

9/22/2018: The Illini came in looking to pick up their second win of the season against SIUE.  The first period did not get off on the right foot for the Illini, as they gave multiple high quality chances early on the frame that lead to two fast goals for SIUE.  The Illini were not able to recover throughout the rest of the period, and SIUE was able to capitalize two more times before the buzzer sounded.  The Illini came up with muxh more motivation during the second  period, and were able to trade chances with SIUE for the majority of the period.  They were unable to break through however and SIUE was able to add another goal to their lead making it 5-0.  The Illini were finally able to break through in the third but, their rally was quickly cut short by three more goals by SIUE.  Even though the latter game of the weekend was a forgetable one, with the final score being 8-1, the Illini were able to split the weekend and gain two huge MACHA points.  Fighting Illini Record: 1 Wins, 1 Losses, 0 Overtime Losses

9/21/2018: The Illini kicked off their season on friday night at home versus SIUE.  The first two periods were controlled by goaltending and solid defense as neither team could find the back of the net.  During the third period however the game began to open up.  Midway through the final period freshman Michael Hall was able to gather a loose puck in the slot and fire it past the SIUE goaltender, giving the Illini the lead and his first goal as an Illini.  Shortly after fellow freshman Louis Gordon was able to add to the lead beating the SIUE goalie with a shortside shot from the bottom of the circle.  SIUE was finally able to get on the board with thirty seconds left to play, but the Illini were able to cut the comeback attempt short and gain their first victory of the season, 2-1.  Goaltender Lucas Trojanowski was undoubtably the star of the game making 44 saves on the night. Fighting Illini Record: 1 Wins, 0Losses, 0 Overtime Losses

Despite an early exit for the Fighting Illini in the playoffs, the team is grateful for another successful season full of great hockey and lasting memories. The team would like to give a big thank you to Coach Nelson, Marxmiller and Julien for all the time and effort they put in to help the team come together both on and off the ice. Also, thank you to all of the friends and family of the players and coaching staff who supported the team all year long. And lastly, thank you to all of our graduating seniors - Connor Robbs, Darren Soneson, Robert Greising, Trey Barnes, Paolo Delfini, Peter Romanchuk, Danny Hendrickson and Myles Maltz - for everything that you have done during your careers to help the club succeed. We will miss having you on the ice with us next season, and we wish you all the best with your future endeavors!


2/9/2018: The Illini saw their season come to a close on Friday as the boys lost 6-3 in their first MACHA playoff matchup against the St. Louis Billikens. It was a bit of a slow start from the Fighting Illini as they found themselves on their heels in the early stages of the game, which resulted in St. Louis tallying the first goal inside the five-minute mark. However, Illinois answered back minutes later when senior defenseman Peter Romanchuk (following a nice combination of passes between Myles Maltz and Erik Strzempek) fired a low shot through traffic that found its way into the back of the cage and knotted the score at 1-1. Unfortunately for the Illini, the Billikens offense surged in the second half of the opening frame, scoring three unanswered goals to take a three-goal lead into the first intermission. In the second, Illinois managed to clean up some of its defensive zone breakdowns, and sophomore Tim Fogliatti cut the opponent's lead to two following a great end-to-end rush that started with a solid, D-zone play. St. Louis responded with a goal minutes after Fogliatti's score, but sophomore leading-scorer Michael Powers buried a rebound in tight make the score 5-3 heading into the final twenty minutes of play. Quality chances continued to come at a premium for both sides in the third, and Illinois could not find a way past the opposition netminder just as St. Louis did not register another goal against senior Paolo Delfini. An empty net goal in the last 90 seconds of the season put the game on ice, and the Illini skated off the rink as a team for the last time in the 2017-2018 season. Fighting Illini Record: 12 Wins, 13 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses


2/3/2018: Illinois' offense was explosive and consistent throughout the entire game, outscoring Wisconsin-Platteville 11-4 in Saturday's matchup and ending the regular season on a high note. It was the Illini who struck first when senior Darren Soneson tickled the twine off a deflection from the end boards in the first shift of the game. The seniors continued to shine in the first period of their final regular season appearance - Trey Barnes fired a missile into the back of the cage on a 2-on-1 rush, and Danny Hendrickson slotted one home on the powerplay with a one-timer blast from the top of the circle. However, it was junior defenseman Eric Flakus who stole the show, going coast-to-coast all the way down the ice before beating both defenders and sliding the biscuit through the Platteville netminder's five hole, tallying his first career goal in an Illinois jersey. The Pioneers managed to score their first of the game before the end of the first, so the scoreboard read 4-1 after twenty minutes of play. Early into the second, Platteville came out with renewed energy, scoring a pair of quick goals inside the first six minutes of the frame. Illinois answered in the form of senior Myles Maltz, but Platteville tacked on its fourth of the game to cut the Illini lead to one with little time left in the second. Still, the Fighting Illini offense continued to thrive as junior defenseman Alex Timperman jumped up into the rush, collected the puck in the slot and tucked it home to earn his team a two-goal lead once more. With only a few ticks on the clock, sophomore Michael Powers was rewarded with a goal after some persistent work in front of the net that extended the lead to three. The team locked down its defensive zone in the third, only surrendering four shots to its opponents in the final frame. Names of Illinois' seniors continued to populate the scoresheet as Robert Greising opened up the scoring in the third, and Connor Robbs added two tallies of his own for good measure. Maltz picked up his second of the game, and the team cruised to a comfortable 11-4 victory in a tremendous 75-shot effort. With the regular season in the books, the squad will now shift its focus to the league playoffs next weekend. Illinois will face St. Louis University on Friday at 5:00 pm at the Webster Groves Ice Arena in Webster Groves, Missouri, in what should be a gripping MACHA quarterfinal. Fighting Illini Regular Season Record: 12 Wins, 12 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses 


2/2/2018: Despite outshooting their opponents 59-21, the Illini failed to bury the chances when they came, dropping the first game of the weekend to Wisconsin-Platteville by a score of 4-3. Illinois had a strong start to the game, controlling the pace of play and spending most of the period in the offensive zone, but the team was unable to find the back of the net on any of its 24 shots on goal. Unfortunately for Illinois, Platteville was clinicial when it got its chances, tallying a pair of goals midway through the opening frame and taking a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Fighting Illini offense continued to struggle with putting away its chances in the second until senior Connor Robbs got the boys on the board with an excellent tip in the high slot. Two minutes later, sophomore defenseman Erik Strzempek equalized for Illinois with a seeing eye wrister from the right point that flew into the bottom corner. The Pioneers managed to regain some momentum just before the end of the second by tacking on their third tally and taking a slim, one-goal lead into the third. Once again, the Illini's plethora of opportunities failed to produce more goals, and Platteville extended the lead to two only minutes into the third. Junior defenseman Alex Timperman cut the deficit in half with a rip from the point with only 180 seconds left in the contest, but Illinois couldn't force overtime and were forced to take a disappointing defeat in a game where the team had a clear advantage in offensive chances. The Illini will have a chance at redemption tomorrow when they take on the Pioneers at 2:00 pm in Danville at the David S Palmer Ice Arena. Saturday's matchup will be the team's final regular season game. Fighting Illini Record: 11 Wins, 12 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses 


1/27/2018: It was a low-scoring and tight affair in the second game of the series, but Illinois came up just short against Iowa State on Saturday, failing to avoid the sweep after a 2-1 result. The Cyclones got on the scoresheet first just over five minutes after puck drop, taking advantage of an odd-man rush during an Illini powerplay. Despite the early goal against, the team answered right back on that same powerplay when sophomore Erik Strzempek fired a bomb home from the point off a nifty feed from senior Myles Maltz. Chances came at a premium for the rest of the period, and the scores remained deadlocked after the opening frame. Both sides continued to be stingy on the defensive end in the face of some great efforts by each team, but it was Iowa State that broke through with two minutes left in the middle period to make the score 2-1. In the third, the Illini offense pressed hard in search of the tying goal, but the final buzzer would sound with the team still trailing by a single goal. Even with the loss, Illinois will still compete in the MACHA playoffs beginning on February 9th, and the players will have one final opportunity to prepare themselves for that challenge next weekend when the University of Wisconsin-Platteville travels to Champaign. The Friday game will be played at 10:30 pm following a brief pregame ceremony to recognize the team's seniors. Fighting Illini Record: 11 Wins, 11 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses.


1/26/2018: The Illini lost their first matchup of the weekend against the Iowa State Cyclones on Friday by a score of 5-2. Illinois jumped out to an early lead just over a minute into the game when sophomore and leading scorer Tim Fogliatti fired his own rebound home with a terrific effort that sailed past the outstretched glove of the Iowa State netminder. Halfway through the opening period, the Cyclones managed to equalize then take the lead on a pair of shots from the point. The deficit was stretched to two goals just before the end of the first on yet another deflection off a perimeter shot. In the second, both teams' defenses and goaltending were sharp, but a lapse in the final minute of the period cost the Illini tremendously as they surrendered two goals in a span of twenty seconds to make the score 5-1 after forty minutes of play. Unfortunately, Illinois could not manage to generate many quality chances in the third despite a powerplay goal from senior Darren Soneson, and the team dropped its first game of the weekend. The Illini will have a chance at redemption tomorrow night against the Cyclones - puck drop will be at 6:30 pm on the Big Pond. Fighting Illini Record: 11 Wins, 10 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses


1/20/2018: Illinois beat SIUE 8-4 with a great team effort that resulted in the club clinching a spot in the MACHA playoffs in three weeks. Similar to last night's matchup, it was the Cougars that jumped out to an early lead, tallying the game's first goal inside of three minutes following the opening faceoff. Junior Valentino Wilson answered for the Illini, sniping a backhander and picking up his first goal of the day. SIUE took back the lead just before the buzzer sounded to end the first, and Illinois once again trailed 2-1 after twenty minutes of play. The second period saw the team's offense roar to life as the Fighting Illini notched six goals in the middle frame. Sophomore Tim Fogliatti got the team going by tucking home the tying goal to make the score 2-2, and senior Myles Maltz tacked on Illinois' third goal less than a minute later off a nice pass by junior defenseman Alex Timperman. Wilson extended the Illini lead to two goals, and sophomore Michael Powers redirected one home on the powerplay as the team buried its fourth unanswered goal. Still, SIUE would not go away without a fight, and a pair of quick goals following an Illini powerplay made the score 5-4 with six minutes left in the second. Wilson continued his superb play throughout the game, and he recaptured the two-goal lead after completing his hat trick from a great setup by Fogliatti, who also recorded 4 assists in addition to his goal. With less than a minute remaining in the period, senior defenseman Danny Hendrickson buried Illinois' sixth and final goal of the period, the team's third powerplay goal in as many tries in the second period. The Illini did an excellent job of managing the game defensively in the third, and Powers added one more of his own with five minutes left in the period that allowed the team to cruise to a comfortable 8-4 victory. With the win, Illinois has secured a berth in the MACHA playoffs that will take place in Webster Groves, Missouri on February 9th through the 11th. The Illini will conclude league play next weekend when Iowa State travels to Champaign for a series on the Big Pond. Fighting Illini Record: 11 Wins, 9 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses 


1/19/2018: The Illini lost a heartbreaker against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Friday night, falling to the Cougars 5-4 in overtime. It was the Cougars who opened the scoring just over six minutes into the opening, but the Illini answered back seconds later when senior defenseman Peter Romanchuk fired a one-timer into the back of the net off a great feed from junior Yvon Bogdonoff. SIUE managed to retake the lead minutes after Illinois' equalizer, and the first period would end with the team down 2-1. In the second period, the Cougars stretched their lead to two goals, but a quick pair of powerplay talies from sophomore Erik Strzemepk and senior Darren Soneson knotted the game up at 3-3. Special teams continued to play a large role in the second as both Illinois (in the person of freshman Lorenzo Santiago-Vazquez) and its opponent converted with the man advantage yet again, paving the way for what would be a tense and exciting third period. Despite peppering the SIUE netminder with 14 shots and receiving a 5-minute powerplay with six minutes remaining in the third, Illinois failed to land the decisive blow, and the game would go into sudden death overtime. The Illini were penalized in the final seconds of regulation, and the Cougars managed to find the back of the net inside the first minute of overtime on the ensuing 4-on-3 powerplay. Illinois will be back in action tomorrow against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville to complete the weekend series. Puck drop will be at 5:45 pm at the East Alton Ice Arena. Fighting Illini Record: 10 Wins, 9 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses


1/13/2018: Illinois came up just short in in the second game of the weekend against Bradley, which ended 3-2 following a three-round shootout. The team will be back in action on the road next weekend versus Southern Illinois - Edwardsville, with the opportunity to clinch a spot in the league playoffs scheduled for the second weekend of February. Fighting Illini Record: 10 Wins, 9 Losses, 3 Overtime Losses


1/12/2018: The Illini got off to a lackluster start in their first game of the new calendar year, falling to Bradley University by a score of 4-1. It was the Braves who jumped out to a quick start, tallying the first goal of the night a little over five minutes into the first period. Each team traded chances for the rest of the opening frame, but the score remained 1-0 after twenty minutes of play. In the second period, Illinois struggled to generate and finish scoring opportunities, and Bradley managed to capitalize on a number of the team's defensive mistakes to make the score 4-0 following the buzzer ending the second frame. A few minutes into the third, the Fighting Illini managed to get on the board in the third period when sophomore Michael Powers rifled a shot from the top of the circle and into the back of the cage on the powerplay. However, the Illini could not muster any more offensive production, and were forced to swallow a tough result to start the new semester. The team will look to bounce back tomorrow night when it returns home to the Big Pond in Champaign for the second game of the series against Bradley - puck drop will be at 10:30 pm. Fighting Illini Record: 10 Wins, 9 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses


12/9/2017: Illinois capped off an excellent weekend with a second win over Northern Illinois to secure the sweep by a score of 6-3. The team grabbed the first lead of the night after junior Val Wilson stole the puck off an opponent in the offensive zone and dished to linemate Connor Robbs who was able to put home the opening tally. A little over halfway through the frame, the Huskies managed to equalize, but sophomore Michael Powers extended his current point streak to four games and gave the Illini another lead a few minutes before the end of the first after burying a rebound on the powerplay. Powers continued his scoring ways early in the second when he flipped home a backhander off an initial shot from senior Danny Hendrickson to make the score 3-1. Again, however, Northern Illinois found the back of the net to cut the lead in half heading into the third period. A little over six minutes into the third, sophomore Tim Fogliatti fired a rocket into the top shelf on a terrific cross-ice pass from Hendrickson that gave Illinois another powerplay goal. Special teams continue to play a huge role in the game as the Illini increased the lead to three following a rebound goal from senior Peter Romanchuk off a shot that rang off the post from Wilson. The Huskies were only able to find the back of the net one more time late in the third, and Fogliatti, for the second night in a row, put the game on ice after an incredible effort to battle a number of opposing players and slide the puck all the way down the ice and into the empty net to make the score 6-3. With the two wins over Northern Illinois, the Illini have extended its current point streak in MACHA to 5 games. Following the long break, the team will look to build on its past performances when it travels to Peoria, Illinois on Friday January 12th to take on the Bradley University Braves. Fighting Illini Record: 10 Wins, 8 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses    


12/8/2017: The Fighting Illini captured a vital two points with a 5-3 win on Friday in its first matchup of the weekend against Northern Illinois. Illinois was a little sloppy in the early stages of the game, but solid goaltending from senior Paolo Delfini kept the game scoreless until the 3-minute mark when the Huskies tallied the first score of the game. On the next shift, the Illini responded immediately when sophomore Tim Fogliatti slotted home a rebound to level the game. In the second, the team was able to shake off the rust and dominated the majority of the period, peppering the Northern Illinois netminder with 20 shots and only surrendering 5. Despite the flurry of offensive chances, the only Illini goalscorer was sophomore Michael Powers, who netted his first of the weekend a few minutes into the frame. NIU managed to equalize only seconds after Illinois took the lead, so the final period began with the score knotted at 2-2. The Illini retook the lead when sophomore defenseman Erik Strzempek fired a slap shot from the point that found its way through traffic in front and into the back of the cage. Junior Val Wilson added some insurance for the team after his hard forechecking work generated a fortuitous deflection that slipped past NIU's goalie during an Illini penalty kill. The Huskies would not go quietly though, and the lead was cut to one with a little under four minutes to play, but Fogliatti sealed the deal when he buried his second of the night off a great pass from senior Darren Soneson. The Illini skated off with the victory in hand, but the celebration will be short-lived - the team is back in action tomorrow at 3:30 pm at the Leafs Ice Centre to finish up first semester play in the second game against Northern Illinois. Fighting Illini Record: 9 Wins, 8 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses


12/2/2017: Illinois was unable to avoid the sweep on the road in Columbus, falling to Indiana in the Saturday game by a score of 6-2. It was a tall order for Coach Nelson's squad as the team was missing a number of players usually in the lineup, but the Illini captured the first lead of the game when sophomore Cam Cortez tucked home a rebound after outworking the Hoosier defense in front of the net. No more goals were recorded in the first frame, so the Illini skated off the ice with a 1-goal lead after twenty minutes of play. Unfortunately, the second period of play was not kind to Illinois as the team give up 5 goals despite a desperate effort with an extremely limited bench. Indiana was able to tack on one more goal halfway through the third, allowing Illinois' opponent to cruise to a comfortable 6-2 victory following a late tally from senior defenseman Peter Romanchuk. With the first weekend of games following the week off under their belt, the Illini will look to get healthy as they have a massive series against MACHA league opponent Northern Illinois next weekend. The team will be on the road again, this time in West Dundee at the Leafs Ice Centre. Friday's (December 8th) game time is set for 7:30 pm. Fighting Illini Record: 8 Wins, 8 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses
 

12/1/2017: The Illini came up just short in the first game of the weekend, losing to the Hoosiers 4-3 at the Hamilton Ice Center in Columbus, Indiana. Indiana jumped out to a quick lead only seconds into the first frame after the Illini turned the puck over in their own zone. Despite the early struggles, the team was able to shake of its bus legs and the first period ended with the score at 2-0. Illinois was able to get its offensive production going on the powerplay late in the second when junior Nick Bartuce tipped a shot from the point that found its way into the back of the net to cut the defecit to one. A minute later, sophomore Erik Strzempek knotted the game when he fired a shot from the hashmark that deflected off a Hoosier defenseman in front and past the goaltender. Illinois managed to maintain the tie after the second buzzer sounded, but Indiana responded strongly in the third by tallying a pair of goals to retake a 2-goal lead halfway through the third. The Fighting Illini tried to muster a comeback, and a late goal from senior Peter Romanchuk gave the team a chance. However, Illinois couldn't find the back of the net for a fourth time, and Indiana was able to secure a hard-fought victory in Friday's matchup. The two teams will meet again Saturday at the same location for the second game of the series. Puck drop will be at 3:30 pm. Fighting Illini Record: 8 Wins, 7 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses


11/18/2017: The Fighting Illini lost a heartbreaker in a shootout on Saturday to St. Louis after the game ended 2-2 following regulation and the overtime period. Similar to the previous night, each team's defense and goaltending was solid, only surrendering one goal in the opening frame. Illinois got on the board seconds into its first powerplay when senior Peter Romanchuk took a shot from the point that found its way through traffic in front. In the second, the Illini scored the period's only goal when junior Valentino Wilson buried one in front off a pass from freshman Zach Zentz. Throughout the third, the team looked poised to capture its third win of the weekend, but St. Louis erased the lead halfway through the third to knot the scores up at 2-goals a piece. Neither team could score the decsive tally in the third or the overtime period, so the game went into a shootout. Unfortunately, the Illini came up just short in the shootout, and the Billikens were able to capture the additional point. Following the Thanksgiving break, the team will be back in action on the road against Indiana at the Hamilton Ice Arena in Columbus, Indiana on December 1st and 2nd. Fighting Illini Record: 8 Wins, 6 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses


11/17/2017: Illinois earned a comprehensive 9-3 win over the St. Louis University Billikens on Friday night. The game was tight defensively in the early stages as neither team gave up very many solid opportunities. The Illini tallied the game's first goal at the 8-minute mark when sophomore Michael Powers finished off a great play started by his linemmates Val Wilson and Tim Fogliatti. St. Louis answered right back a minute later, and the first frame ended 1-1. Illinois' offense sparked to life to start the second - Wilson, Powers and senior Danny Hendrickson added goals before the halfway point of the second frame. Despite a second tally from the Billikens, senior Connor Robbs notched Illinois' 4th goal of the period, making the score 5-2 following the second period buzzer. The offensive onslaught continued in the third period as the Illini buried another four goals in the final frame from senior Myles Maltz, Fogliatti (2), and Powers, who picked up his third of the game to complete the hat trick. The team cruised to a comfortable victory, picking up its second, consecutive league win and continuing to climb in the MACHA standings. Illinois will be back in action tomorrow night for the second game of the series at the U of I Ice Arena. Fighting Illini Record: 8 Wins, 6 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss 


11/16/2017: The Illini claimed its first victory of the weekend and secured a season sweep over Illinois State, winning 3-2 in overtime. It was Illinois State who struck first - less than two minutes into play, an unlucky bounce sent the puck off the end boards and directly over the net where the Redbirds' offense was able to slide the puck home. Neither team was able to tally another goal until the hal;fway point in the second period when senior Darren Soneson fired home a one-timer into the back of the net on a 2-on-1 to knot the score at 1-1. The Illini took its first lead of the game just seconds before the end of the second when sophomore Tim Fogliatti flipped a backhander over the opposing netminder's glove right before the buzzer sounded. In the third, the game continue at a frantic pace, and just as the Illini thought they were going to claim a regulation victory, Illinois State managed to bury a late goal with less than two minutes remaining in the game. Despite the disappointment of giving up the lead, Illinois continued to battle in extra time, and Soneson came up huge for the Illini once again, notching his second goal of the game by firing home a rebound from the slot. Soneson's goal gave the team a massive league victory, and team will look to continue its winning ways tomorrow when St. Louis University travels to Champaign for a weekend series on the Big Pond. Fighting Illini Record: 7 Wins, 6 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


11/4/2017: The Fighting Illini fell to McKendree 3-0 in the second game of the weekend. Unlike Friday's matchup, McKendree struck first, burying a goal inside the first five minutes of the opening period. Still, the Illini continued to battle and frustrate their opponent's offense, and the period ended 1-0 in favor of McKendree. In the second, each team's defense was well-organied - neither side surrendered more than 11 shots and no goals were scored. The game maintained a competitive pace deep into the third period, but Illinois' failure to capitalize on the few quality chances that occured in the game allowed McKendree to ensure victory with two late goals before the final buzzer sounded. The Illini will look to rebound from this weekend's tough losses when league rival Illinois State travels to Champaign for a Thursday night matchup on the Big Pond on November 16th. Fighting Illini Record: 6 Wins, 6 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


11/3/2017: Illinois lost its first matchup of the weekend against McKendree by a final score of 7-1. The team weathered its opponent's early barrage of chances in the first and managed to tally the game's first goal on the powerplay when sophomore Michael Powers fired a shot from the point that was tipped in by senior Peter Romanchuk. The Illini's lead was eliminated two minutes later, and the two teams were knotted 1-1 after 20 minutes of play. Unfortunately, the Illini surrendered 3 more goals in the second despite a number of terrific saves by senior netminder Paolo Delfini. Illinois had few good offensive opportunities, and the Bearcats took a 3-goal lead into the third. The team also struggled to generate quality scoring chances in the third, and McKendree tacked on three more scores to put the game out of reach. Illinois is back in action against the same McKendree Bearcats for tomorrow's matchup at the McKendree Metro Rec Plex in O'Fallon, Illinois. Fighting Illini Record: 6 Wins, 5 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss 


10/21/2017: The Fighting Illini recorded their first sweep of the season, winning 5-1 against RMU - Peoria on Saturday at home on the Big Pond. Similar to the previous night, Illinois was able to control the pace of the game, but failed to find the back of the net after twenty minutes of play. The Illini received a golden opportunity to take the lead in the second after being awarded a 5-on-3 powerplay, and they took full advantage when senior Connor Robbs received a backdoor pass and slid the biscuit home to make the score 1-0. With four minutes remaining in the second frame, Illinois increased its lead to two after sophomore defenseman Erik Strzempek ripped a slap shot into the net off a nice faceoff play in the offensive zone. The team recorded three more goals in the third from Robbs and seniors Myles Maltz and Peter Romanchuk, which solidified the victory and allowed Illinois to cruise to its second consecutive victory. Following the upcoming bye weekend, the team will travel to league-rival McKendree University for a weekend series at the Metro Rec Plex in O'Fallon, IL on November 3rd and 4th. Fighting Illini Record: 6 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


10/20/2017: Illinois picked up its first win of the weekend on Friday night on the road, downing Robert Morris - Peoria by a score of 4-1. The Fighting Illini dominated the majority of the first and second periods, controlling the play in the offensive zone for long stretches of time, but the team was unable to find the back of the net. Despite Illinois' considerable number of shots and chances, it was RMU who struck first, tallying the first goal of the night with only fifteen seconds remaining in the second frame. Early in the third, the Illini offense finally managed to bury its first of the night when senior Peter Romanchuk fired home a rebound from the slot to tie the score at 1-1. Minutes later, sophomore Tim Fogliatti gave Illinois the lead on a nice setup from his linemates, senior Connor Robbs and junior Val Wilson. Sophomore Michael Powers added two goals to the stat sheet in the final period, and the team completed the comeback with a 4-goal third period and secured the victory. Illinois will be back in action at home tomorrow when they take on RMU - Peoria for the second game of the serires. Fighting Illini Record: 5 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


10/14/2017: The Illini suffered a frustrating 6-4 defeat to the Mizzou Tigers on Saturday. Goals were at a premium in the first period as each team's defense limited prime scoring chances, but Illinois managed to tally its first goal of the night after junior Valentino Wilson made a nice defensive play, started a rush down the ice, and put home a rebound. The two teams remained deadlocked through the second period as well, with the line combination of senior Connor Robbs, sophomore Tim Fogliatti and Wilson notching their second of the night to make the score 2-2 heading into the final frame. In the third, the ice opened up and goals came early and often. After conceeding a goal a little over a minute into the third, the Robbs-Fogliatti-Wilson line responded immediately, tying the game at 3-3 on Wilson's second goal of the night less than twenty seconds after Missouri's tally. Illinois surrendered the next two goals, and despite a nice finish off a rebound by junior Nick Bartuce to cut the defecit to one, the team was unable to muster any more offense to tie the game up. With the loss, Illinois' 3-game winning streak was snapped. The Illini will now turn their attention to next weekend's games, when they take on RMU-Peoria in a home-and-home series. Fighting Illini Record: 4 Wins, 4 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


10/13/2017: Illinois secured another victory on Friday night, winning 5-2 against the University of Missouri and extending their current win streak to three games. Similar to last night's game, the Illini raced out to a quick lead, tallying two early goals in the first few minutes of the game from junior Yvon Bogdonoff and senior Danny Hendrickson. The team continued its offensive production into the later stages of the period when sophomore Tim Fogliatti buried his first of the night, and sophomore Michael Powers extended the Illini lead to three goals after firing a wrister home from the low slot. The second period was scoreless for over nineteen minutes, but Mizzou cut into the defecit on a powerplay that made the score 4-2 with fewer than thirty seconds remaining in the second frame. In the third, Illinois buckled down on defense and surrendered only one shot to the Tigers. Fogliatti recorded his second goal of the game to give the Illini some insurance, and the team collected two more crucial points in its push to qualify for the MACHA playoffs in February. Illinois will take on Missouri tomorrow at 4:30 PM on the Big Pond for the second and final game of the weekend series. Fighting Illini Record: 4 Wins, 3 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


10/12/2017: The Fighting Illini earned their first MACHA win on the road in Bloomington on Thursday, putting in a dominating 63-shot performance and winning by a score of 8-3. Illinois' offense was explosive in the first period, burying 7 goals on its 21 attempts at the net. The goalscorers for the Illini were seniors Robert Greising, Darren Soneson, Trey Barnes, Danny Hendrickson, Myles Maltz (2) and sophomore Michael Powers. Special teams dominated the second frame as Illinois was awarded five powerplays and forced to kill one penalty. Despite failing to capitalize on any of the powerplays, the Illini added another tally when senior Trey Barnes tucked home a rebound for his second of the night to make the score 8-1 heading into the final period. The team's offensive productivity cooled off in the third, and Illinois coasted to victory despite surrending two more goals. With a solid performance in the books in the Thursday matchup, the Illini will look to continue their winning ways tomorrow when the Missouri Tigers visit Champaign for yet another high-stakes league matchup. Fighting Illini Record: 3 Wins, 3 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss 


10/7/2017: Illinois responded well after losing its Friday matchup, securing a 5-2 victory on Saturday over the DePaul Blue Demons with a solid, 60-minute performance. Fighting Illini Record: 2 Wins, 3 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


10/6/2017: The Illini lost the first game of the weekend against DePaul by a score of 6-3. Fighting Illini Record: 1 Win, 3 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss


9/30/2017: Illinois squandered a two-goal lead in the third period and lost 5-4 in its Saturday matchup against Concordia. Unlike the previous night, the Illini opened up the scoring in the first five minutes when sophomore Erik Strzempek fired a slapshot from the point past the goaltender and into the back of the cage. After the initial tally, Illinois encountered some penalty trouble (which would continue for the remainder of the game), and the Falcons leveled the score at 1-1 on their first powerplay opportunity. Following Concordia's tally, the Illini redoubled their offensive efforts, and sophomore Tim Fogliatti managed to net two goals before the end of the first. Special teams continued to play a big role in the second period. The team surrendered another powerplay goal, but senior Connor Robbs took advantage of a penalty shot the Illini were awarded during a 5-minute powerplay. Illinois took a 4-2 heading into the third, primed to earn its second win of the weekend with only the final frame to play. Unfortunately, Concordia stormed its way back into the game, scoring 3 unanswered goals and wrestling the lead away from the team. Despite a number of desperate attempts in the dying moments of the game, the Illini could not find the tying goal, suffering a disappointing loss in their second home game of the season. Illinois will look to put together a pair of solid, 60-minute performances next weekend when they travel to Chicago to play DePaul University. The Friday matchup will be played at Johnny's IceHouse West at 8:45 PM. Fighting Illini Record: 1 Win, 2 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss  


9/29/2017: The Illini won its home opener on Friday, downing Concordia University Wisconsin by a final tally of 5-3. Illinois withstood an early flurry of chances by its opponents, and a steady performance by sophomore netminder Lucas Trojanowski kept the team in it despite conceeding a goal two minutes into the opening frame. The Illini responded to Concordia's initial barrage of chances with a pair of goals from senior Peter Romanchuk and sophomore Michael Power halfway through the first. Minutes into the second, the Falcons knotted the game at 2-2, but Illinois retook the lead when sophomore Camden Cortez deflected a pass into the top corner of the net. The team maintained its slim lead heading into the third, but yet again, Concordia was able to find the back of the net and level the score. But the Illini would not be denied - 60 seconds after surrendering the lead, senior Connor Robbs buried a well-placed shot from the high slot to give Illinois a 4-3 lead. With four minutes remaining in the game, junior Valentino Wilson sealed the deal and Illinois captured its first win of the season at home. The second game of the series will be played tomorrow at the U of I Ice Arena at 3 PM. Fighting Illini Record: 1 Win, 1 Loss, 1 Overtime Loss


9/16/2017: Illinois lost a 3-2 overtime heartbreaker in the second game of the weekend against Iowa. Each squad's defense and goaltending was solid in the first period, and neither side found the back of the net after 20 minutes of play. Conditions on the ice continued to favor the defending team in the second, but the Illini took the first lead of the game when senior Yvon Bogdonoff scooped up a rebound and flipped a backhander over the goaltender's outstretched leg. Soon thereafter, junior Valentino Wilson made the score 2-0 after sniping a short-side corner on an odd-man rush. Illinois worked hard to hold its lead for the first half of the final frame, but Iowa cut the defecit to one off a face-off play with 9 minutes left in the period. Despite a desperate effort to maintain the one-goal lead, which included a collection of stellar saves by senior goaltender Paolo Delfini, the Illini conceeded another goal and the game was tied 2-2 when the final buzzer sounded. Early in the first overtime shift, the Hawkeyes took advantage of a good zone entry, and a well-placed shot that deflected off the post and in spoiled the team's chance at its first MACHA win. Still, Illinois was able to earn a point, and the players will look to use this weekend's performance as a stepping stone for success in future matchups. Fighting Illini Record: 0 Wins, 1 Loss, 1 Overtime Loss 


9/15/2017: The Fighting Illini fell to the Iowa Hawkeyes in their season opener on the road in Coralville by a tally of 5-3. Iowa jumped out to a quick start, slotting home the game's first goal within the first few minutes of the opening frame. After weathering the initial flurry of their opponent's chances, the Illini managed to level the score before the end of the period when senior Trey Barnes fired a one-timer past the Iowa netminder from the right circle. Unfortunately, a few defensive lapses in the second period led to 3 unanswered goals by the Hawkeyes, who led 4-1 heading into the third. In the game's final period, Illinois couldn't close the gap despite a pair of goals from senior Jared Projansky. Game 2 of the weekend series will be played tomorrow at the rink in Coral Ridge mall at 5:15 PM. Fighting Illini Record: 0 Wins, 1 Loss


2017-18 Tryout Information: The Fighting Illini will be hosting tryouts for the 2017-2018 season on the first weekend after classes start. Tryouts will consist of two ice sessions - the first session will be held on Saturday, September 2nd at 5:15 PM, and the second will take place the following day on Sunday, September 3rd at 9:15 AM. There is no fee for players who attend tryouts.

If you have any questions about the team or tryouts, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected] We look forward to seeing you in Champaign in early September!

Incoming Player Info: With a new season around the corner, the team is looking for new players to replace those players who graduated in May. Incoming players who are considering trying out for the 2017-2018 team should fill out an incoming prospect form, and look to attend one or both of the prospect skate the team hosts in the summer.


Illini Player Honored: Illinois Defenseman Jack Graham recieved All-MACHA second team for his efforts during the 2016-2017 season.  Graham was a force on the blue line all year for the Illini leading the team with 25 points in 26 games, while contributing with sound defensive play.
 
10/28/16: Illinois traveled up north to wisconin to play UW Madison Badgers.  The game started off with Illini popping two unanswered goals in the first period from Jack Graham and Michael Powers.  Wisconsin came back with the only goal in the second period.  The Wisconsin moment did not carry over to the third period and Illini finished off the job with a final goal making the final score 3-1.  The game was not played full strength for a lot of the game as there were 21 penalties called in the game.  

10/22/16: In the second game of the two game series against Illinois State University, the fighting Illini suffer a tough loss starting with 3 unanswered goals from the Red Birds in the first period, followed by another in the second.  The Red Birds showed no intent so slow down opening the 3rd period with a goal.  With the Illini battling to get back into the game, senior captain Danny Hendrickson gives the Illini their first goal in the third while on a powerplay drive.  In the final mins of the 3rd period Peter Romanchuk tacks on another goal sparking some light in the Illini efforts to hang on, but a final shorthanded goal near the end of the 3rd concludes a 6-2 loss for the Illini.

10/21/16: The Illini traveled to the rival school in Bloomington IL, to compete against the Illinois State Red Birds.  After comming off of an "incomplete" weekend against RMU, they were egar to play, starting out firing on all cylinders, but it was not enough to hold on in the end.  Niel Novosel scores a late first period first goal only to have it answered back in under 2 mins. to leave the game tied after the 1st.  The Red Birds get 2 more goals in the second, but a powerplay goal by Jack Graham in the 3rd give the team a boost of momentum to out shoot the Red Birds 18-2 in the 3rd, but not enough to take back the lead giving the ISU a 3-2 victory. 

10/15/16: The game was canceled due to poor ice conditions.

10/14/16:   The Illini hit the road to face off against regional foe the Robert Morris Golden Eagles.  The game started at a ferocious pace that carried on through the entire duration of the contest.  The game was a back and forth affair with neither team able to gain a larger than two in regulation.  The Illini battled hard and had key contributions from two freshman.  Winger Rick Hatton scored his first goal as an Illini, but did not just stop at one as he was able to record a hat-trick.  Also freshman Goaltender Jake Barnhart was superb, stopping making thirty-six saves in the game.  The knotted up game stayed that way in overtime as both teams were unable to find the back of the net, causing the game to head into a shootout.  In the shootout Jake Barnhart again came up big and did not let a single puck past him in the shootout.  With Jack Graham and Rick Hatton able to beat the RMU goaltender giving the Illini a 6-5 shootout win.
    
10/1/16:   ​  The second game of the weekend series featured an afternoon slate with the Illini again facing off against the golden eagles.  The Illini were able to carry over there momentum from the prior nights win with Danny Hendrickson able to score an early goal putting the Illini up one.  Marquette was able to answer just minutes after and draw even again.  With only three minutes remaining in the period freshman Michael Powers was able to bury one for the Illini put Illinois up 2-1.  Coming out of the gates in the second period though Marquette was able to control the play and score two quick goals to take the lead midway through the second.  With 6 minutes remaining in the second Freshman Timothy Fogliatti was able to capitalize on a Power Play opportunity for his second goal of the weekend, to tie the game at 3.  Just minutes later though Marquette was able to score with minutes remaining in the second period, giving Marquette the 4-3 lead heading into third.  Jack Graham was able to tie the game for the Illini early in the third period, but again Marquette was able to answer and give themselves back.  Things eventually bounced the Illini’s way though and Darren Soneson was able to knot up the game midway through the third.  With seven minutes remaining in the game though Marquette was able to bury a power play goal to take the lead, and then able to add on to the lead just minutes later to put them up 7-5.  Even though the Illini controlled the play for the rest of the game they were unable to capitalize and ended up falling to the Golden Eagles 7-5.
  
 9/30/16:   The Fighting Illini took on the Marquette Golden Eagles in the first game of a two game weekend set.  The Illini were able to come out flying and were able to capitalize on the early pressure, with Alex Timperman ten minutes into the game.  The Illini were able to carry their early momentum over into the second period and freshman, Timothy Fogliatti was able to capitalize with only four minutes remaining in the second, giving the Illini 2-0 lead.  With the Illini up 2-0 though the Golden Eagles started to make a push with the end of the second period looming, and were able to score with only a minute remaining in the game.  Illinois did not get discouraged by the Golden Eagles goal late in the second period, and were able to score only a minute into the third period.  Marquette was able to answer later in the period with a goal with ten minutes remaining in the period.  The Illini were able to not relinquish the momentum though, and had numerous quality chances down the stretch.  With the game hanging in the balance Marquette made one last push to score the equalizing goal but sensational freshman goaltender Jake Barnhart was able to put the finishing touch on a 3-2 Illini win.
  
9/24/16:   In the Saturday matinée, Illinois again got off to a good start with Projansky scoring his second goal of the weekend just thirty seconds into the game.  The scoring stopped after that though, with both teams trading chances, until DePaul was able to tie the game early in the third period.  The Illini had numerous chances in the waning minutes but were unable to convert.  Both teams played out the overtime session, with both team’s unable score sending the game into a shootout.  The Illini were again unable to beat the Blue Demons goaltender, falling to the Blue Demons 2-1 in the shootout.
  
9/23/16:   Illinois opened there season at home, facing off against the DePaul Blue Demons at the Big Pond. The Illini came flying, with Danny Hendrickson scoring only two minutes into the first period.  John turner was able to add another just minutes later, giving Illinois a 2-0 lead only five minutes into the game.  The Illini did not stop there either with Powers and Projansky both adding to the lead, giving Illinois a 4-0 lead midway through the third period.  DePaul fought back though, scoring two goals in quick succession cutting the Illinois led to two with four minutes remaining in the game.  The Illini were able to shut down the Blue Demons after that, and Connor Robbs was able to add an empty net goal giving the Illini a 5-2 victory.
  
9/17/16:   In the Illini’s second game of the weekend against the Billikens, both teams began the game with the same intensity that the game the previous night ended with.  St. Louis was able to score an early goal, and hang on to their 1-0 lead until the end of the first.  The Billikens were then able to add two more goals to their lead, putting themselves up 3-0 with ten minutes remaining in the second period.  The Illini fought back with Darren Soneson able to cut the Billikens lead to two with only five minutes remaining in the second period.  The Billikens came out fast in the third period, and were able to pad there lead with a goal only a minute into the third period.  Darren Soneson was able to score his second goal of the game to cut St. Louis’s lead to 4-2 two minutes later, but in the end the Billikens lead proved too large.  The final score SLU 4 - U of I 2.
  
9/16/16:   In the team’s first action of the new season the Illini got off to a fast start, with James Graham scoring twelve minutes into the first period.  Even though St. Louis would scored only a minute after, tying the game at 1-1, the Illini kept working and Connor Robbs converted a shorthanded breakaway into a goal with only a minute remaining in the period.  The Illini picked up where they left off eight minutes into the second period with Connor Robbs scoring his second goal of the game.  The Illini would add to their lead only two minutes later when freshman Neil Novosel scored to put the Illini up 4-1.  Down 4-1 the Billikens did not give in though, and their intensified pressure paid off with a goal to make it 4-2 with six minutes remaining in the period.  With a renewed sense of confidence the Billikens were able to score two more goals in the span of one minute, tying the game at four, with five minutes still remaining in the period.  St. Louis riding the momentum built from their three goal burst to end the second period, capitalized on an Illini mistake just minutes into the third period, to take a 5-4 lead.  The teams went back and forth trading chances the rest of the game, with neither team being able to break through again.  The final buzzer rang with the final score of SLU 5 and U of I 4.
  
The 2016-17 Illinois D2 Club Ice Hockey schedule has been finalized! The Fighting Illini will open the season on the road against MACHA league rival St Louis University on Friday, September 16th. The team's home opener will take place the following Friday against DePaul University on the big pond at the U of I Ice Arena. Illinois will play a total of 20 games before the Christmas break.

New to this year's schedule is the addition of the U of I D2 Alumni game on January 6, 2017 (most likely to be played at West Meadows Ice Arena). All current and former players of the Illini Club hockey are welcome to play. Please email [email protected] if you are interested in playing or would like more information.

In the second half of the season, the Illini will compete in 8 more games before the postseason begins. The team is looking forward to building off last year's MACHA league playoff run by qualifying for the championship tournament once again. The league playoffs will begin on February 10, 2017.


Last Saturday marked the final games in an Illinois jersey for seniors Marcello Delfini, Matt Reich, John Casey, Brendan Lum, and John Walton. Marcello Delfini led the team as captain, tallying 12 goals and 6 assists and doing everything he could to help the team on and off the ice. Matt Reich was an assistant captain who accumulated 7 goals and 10 assists in his final year. Reich made important contributions to the culture of the locker room and was always positive at the rink. John Casey put in numerous solid performances as a role player. Though his efforts did not garner him any points, his work on the ice was crucial to the team's success. Brendan Lum had a total of 4 goals and 6 assists in 22 games; he was best-known on the team for his outgoing personality and incredible work ethic that he put to great use, especially as a penalty killer. John Walton finished with a goal and 4 assists in 11 games this year; Walton's speed opened up time and space for his teammates, and he was able to adapt and play well with whoever he was put on a line with. Thank you to all of the seniors for your dedication and effort this year! We wish the best of luck to all of you in your futures, and will miss having you on the team! 
 
 
2/13/16: The Fighting Illini fell to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville in the semi-finals of the MACHA playoffs by a score of 5-1. Illinois weathered the initial flurry of offense from SIUE, but its opponent managed to capitalize on a defensive zone collapse and open up the game's scoring six minutes after puck drop. The period would end 1-0 for SIUE, but junior defenseman Danny Hendrickson knotted the game up forty seconds into the second frame off of a great faceoff win by sophomore Trey Barnes. The Illini continued to go toe-to-toe with their talented opposition, but late penalty trouble stalled the momentum the team gained from the early powerplay goal. SIUE seized the upper hand in the game by burying three goals after Illinois' early tally, giving the opponent a 4-1 lead heading into the final frame. Illinois continued to fight to get back into the game and reduce SIUE's lead, but the team failed to capitalize on any of its chances in the final period. Southern Illinois sealed the Illini's fate with a goal seven minutes into the third to push its lead to four goals and cruise comfortably to a win. With the playoff loss, Illinois' season has now concluded. Despite bowing out of the MACHA playoff championship earlier than they anticipated, the players are proud of what they have accomplished and are looking forward to making a deeper playoff run next year. Congratulations to the seniors on great careers, and good luck in all of your future endeavors! Illini Record: 11 Wins, 12 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses
 
 
2/12/16: The Fighting Illini won its first MACHA playoff game 4-1 on Friday against the St. Louis University Billikens. Each team settled into their defensive strategies early, giving up very few early chances. St Louis made the first breakthrough halfway through the first; that tally would be the only goal through the first two frames. Both goaltenders were on top of their games, and sophmore netminder Paolo Delfini's exceptional play in the late stages of the second period helped keep Illinois in the game. In the third period, the Illini offense roared to life. Six minutes after the puck drop, senior Matt Reich found junior Danny Hendrickson open in the low slot, and Hendrickson slid it underneath the goalie's pads to equalize. Less than two minutes later, Hendrickson fired a bomb from the point on yet another dish from Reich that gave Illinois a one-goal lead. Sophomore Krystian Szorc added some insurance late in the frame when he put one on net from the corner that richocheted off the goalie and into the back of the cage. With only a minute left in the game, sophmore Peter Romanchuk iced the game with an empty-netter that extended the lead to 3 goals and secured a first round playoff victory for the team. Illinois will now face off against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville tomorrow in the semi-finals of the MACHA playoffs. The game will be played at the Webster Groves Ice Arena at 4:30 PM. Illini Record: 11 Wins, 11 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses
 
 
2/6/16: The Fighting Illini captured their first win since November on Saturday, beating Bradley 6-3 in front of the home fans and sending the team to MACHA playoffs next weekend on a winning note. Like the previous night's matchup, Illinois got off to a solid start, capitalizing on two early powerplays with goals from assistant captain Danny Hendrickson and Matt Reich. Freshman Nick Bartuce made the Illini lead three when he combined with fellow rookie freshman Alex Timperman to fire home a shot from the high slot. Bradley responded less than 45 seconds later, but Illinois again made its opponent pay on the powerplay when sophmore Peter Romanchuk put a wrister on net that the netminder had no chance of seeing because of the traffic in front. Still, Bradley would not go away quietly, and the opposition cut the defecit to two before the period was out. In the second, Illinois' lead shrank to one when the team's opponent picked up a powerplay goal in a game filled with penalties. The Illini maintained a solid defensive posture and fended off numerous pucks thrown towards sophmore goaltender Paolo Delfini. Late in the second, Bartuce received a feed from Reich on the left faceoff dot and beat the Bradley goalie on the short side with a quick release, giving Illinois its two-goal advantage back. The defensive game continued to shine in the final period as the team conceeded no more goals and added one more of its own on the powerplay, this one coming from the stick of sophmore Darren Soneson. Illinois skated off the ice as victors, a great feeling the team had not felt for too long in the past couple of months. With the regular season concluded, Illinois will head to St. Louis next weekend for the MACHA playoffs. The playoff format is single elimination, and the Illini's first opponent will be St. Louis University on Friday (time TBA). Thank you to all of the friends and family who came out to support the team on Saturday, and congratulations to the seniors for great careers as members of the Illini hockey team! Illini Record: 10 Wins, 11 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses 
 
 
2/5/16: The Fighting Illini failed to break out of its current funk, dropping its tenth straight to Bradley University and losing by a score of 9-5. Neither team struggled to find the back of the net in the first, and Illinois jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals from junior John Turner. Minutes later, Bradley cut the lead to one, but the team responded less than two minutes later when sophomore Darren Soneson cut across the high slot and fired one home. Assistant captain Danny Hendrickson would increase the lead to 3 at the halfway point of the frame on the powerplay, but Bradley charged back, scoring 3 goals in the final six minutes of the period and putting the two teams back at level pegging at four a side. Bradley continued the offensive onslaught into the second and early third, tallying four more scores before Illinois got one back on a nice two on one-play started by junior Conner Cecott and finished by senior Brendan Lum. Unfortunately, Illinois' opponent found the back of the net again only moments after the team hoped to establish some momentum off of Lum's goal, and Bradley skated to a comfortable victory in the waning moments of the third with a four-goal lead. Tomorrow will be the final regular season game and senior night for the Fighting Illini as they face Bradley University. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 11 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses 
 
 
1/30/16: The Fighting Illini lost its ninth straight game on Saturday, falling to Iowa 5-4 in yet another overtime loss. The Hawkeyes jumped out to a quick start, scoring seconds after the opening puck drop. However, Illinois settled down after the quick goal, and the rest of the period remained scoreless. Five minutes into the second, sophomore Trey Barnes equalized on a great passing sequence that started in Illinois' defensive zone: freshman rookie Nick Bartuce hoisted the puck into the neutral zone where it was collected by senior Matt Reich, who dished it over to Barnes on a textbook 2-on-1 rush and eliminated Iowa's lead. The rest of the second period would produce no more goals, but the game's scoring was far from over. Illinois made the game 2-1 when junior Conner Cecott scored his third of the weekend off of a rebound in front of the cage, but Iowa responded immediately with a pair of goals to wrestle the lead away from the visitors. Still, Cecott would not be contained, and he picked up his second of the game to knot the game at 3 goals a piece. As the prospect of overtime loomed closer and closer, Iowa delt the Illini what seemed to be a fatal blow when it took the lead back with two minutes left in the game. With their net empty, the Illini pushed the puck relentlessly towards their opponent's net, and just when it seemed their efforts would be in vain, sophomore Darren Soneson found teammate Peter Romanchuk on the right faceoff dot. Romanchuk fired the puck towards the goal, and it found its way through the mass of bodies in front into the top left corner with only 3 ticks left on the game clock. So, another Illinois hockey game would require more than 60 minutes to be decided. Each side had its chances early on in the extra period, but Illinois was whistled for a roughing penalty after the initial back and forth, forcing the team to play defensively until it killed off the man advantage. Unfortunately, despite huge blocked shots from Cecott and freshman defenseman Eric Flakus, Iowa tallied the winning goal on a backdoor rebound after a tremendous initial save by sophomore netminder Paolo Delfini. The Illini were forced to swallow another heartbreaking loss, extending their current skid of non-wins to nine games. Looking ahead, the team is confident that if it can put together a solid 60-minute performance, a much-needed win will eventually come. Illinois next games will be a home-and-home series against Bradley University on Friday and Saturday. Friday's game will be on the road, but Saturday's game will be Illinois' Senior Night at the U of I Ice Arena at 7 PM. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 10 Losses, 4 Overtime Losses
 
 
1/29/16: The Fighting Illini dropped the first game of their two-game series with Iowa by a score of 7-3. Illinois opened the scoring early in the first when sophomore Robert Greising battled his way to the front of the net and poked home a rebound off a shot from senior Brendan Lum. Junior assistant captain Conner Cecott added to the Illini lead two minutes later, skating the puck over the blue line and sniping the Hawkeye goaltender glove side with a wicked wrister. Fortunately, the team was able to maintain the lead until the end of the period, mainly due to stellar goaltending from junior netminder Austin Gentry. However, the second period would not go quite as easily for the team. Iowa found the back of the net in the opening minute of the second frame, and went on to tally four more goals in the period to turn its two-goal defecit into a lead of three. Illinois finally answered late and in the second when Cecott buried his second of the game with a quick shot from the top of the circles to make the score 5-3 at the end of two. In the third, the Illini failed to put anymore past their opponent's goaltender, and the Hawkeyes added two more tallies to put the game out of Illinois' reach. Tomorrow, the team will finish up its regular season of MACHA games in its second game against Iowa at the Coral Ridge Ice Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 10 Losses, 3 Overtime Losses 
 
 
1/23/16: The Fighting Illini suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 overtime loss to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, extending the team's current losing skid heading into the final four games of the regular season. Much like the previous night, the Illini went toe-to-toe with their opponents, but the storyline for this game would be much different than the previous encounter. Illinois opened the game's scoring on the powerplay when sophomore defenseman Peter Romanchuk dished a pass to his defensive partner junior Danny Hendrickson, who fired a one-timer into the back of the cage. SIUE's response in the second was immediate, tallying the equalizer four minutes into the period. The Illini's opponent took a 3-1 lead later in the period on a pair of goals 18 seconds apart, but Illinois cut the defecit to one when sophomores Trey Barnes forced an offensive zone turnover and passed the puck to sophomore Krystian Szorc. Szorc collected the biscuit and slid it under the pads of SIUE's netminder. In the third period, the Fighting Illini took advantage of a pair of powerplays late in the game to wrestle the lead away from Southern Illinois. First, Romanchuk fed rookie freshman Nick Bartuce who fired a low shot on net that senior Matt Reich put home on the rebound. Five minutes later, freshman Brian Shiau drove the net on a 2-on-1, picking up a juicy rebound in the high slot and sniping it home to give Illinois a one-goal lead with 36 seconds left in the game. To the team's disbelief, SIUE rushed the puck quickly down the ice, and a shot from the tops of the circles somehow found its way through the mass of bodies in front of junior goalie Austin Gentry and into the net with only 6 seconds left on the clock. Overtime would be needed to determine a winner, and the extra frame opened with a flurry of chances for both sides but nothing decisive. Two minutes after the puck drop, Southern Illinois worked a nice faceoff play in the offensive zone, and the puck was fired from the dot to the left of Gentry and into the top corner of the net. Despite the loss, there could be no complaints about the team's effort, and the players are hoping to play that same brand of hockey next weekend when they travel to Iowa for their last road series of the regular season. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 9 Losses, 3 Overtime Losses 
 
 
1/22/16: The Fighting Illini started the game showing signs of promise, but their early success was short-lived as the team suffered an 11-1 loss to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville on Friday night. Illinois opened the scoring on an odd-man rush. Junior Jon Turner fed senior Matt Reich with a back door pass that gave the team a 1-0 lead three minutes into the first. SIUE responded quickly, controlling the puck in the offensive zone and negating the Illini's lead by tallying two goals before the period came to a close. Southern Illinois picked up right where they left off in the second, peppering sophomore goaltender Paolo Delfini with shots and accruing four more goals in the second to make the score 6-1. Junior netminder Ben Wexler came into the game to relieve his teammate midway through the second, and SIUE added 5 goals in the third to put the game well out of reach. Tomorrow, the two teams will meet again at the East Alton Ice Arena to finish the series. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 9 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses 
 
 
1/16/16: The Fighting Illini lost 5-3 to McKendree in its second matchup in as many days. It was a gritty, competitive start of the game for both teams, and neither side could gain an edge in the first period as both defenses and goalies were on top. The scoring opened up in the second period when sophomore Peter Romanchuk took a quick snapshot from the point that found its way into the back of the net, giving Illinois its first lead of the weekend. However, its opponent's response was quick and consistent, as McKendree piled on the offense with three goals before the second period buzzer sounded. McKendree's scoring spree continued into the third with another early goal, but Illinois responded when rookie freshman Nick Bartuce sniped the opposition's goaltender from the top of the left faceoff circle. Minutes later, Romanchuk tallied his second of the game off a combined faceoff effort from assistant captains Matt Reich and Conner Cecott, reducing Illinois' defecit to one goal. In the final stage of the game, Illinois was assessed a minor penalty, and McKendree secured its hold on the game with a powerplay goal with at the 18:44 mark of the third period. Illinois' current losing streak has now hit 5, but the team is looking forward to snapping the skid next weekend in its first away series since mid-October when it travels to East Alton to take on Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 8 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses
 
 
1/15/16: The Fighting Illini lost the first game of its series versus McKendree University by a score of 6-3. Illinois was a step behind its opposition in the opening frame, and McKendree made the Illini pay with 5 goals in the first period. After a lackluster first, the Illini found their game, but failed to find the back of the net for a majority of the second period.  With 1:30 left on the clock, McKendree was assessed a major penalty, giving Illinois a 5-minute powerplay. The team capitalized immediately when sophomore defenseman Peter Romanchuk fired a wrist shot from the point that junior assistant captain Conner Cecott tipped home. In the third, the Illini powerplay failed to produce anymore goals, and McKendree reestablished its 5-goal lead 4 minutes after the period began. Despite an increase in effort and chances on goal, Illinois could not overcome the defecit. Senior Matt Reich buried a goal halfway through the frame off a great play from junior John O'Sullivan, and sophomore Robert Greising also scored, but the team's offense would not find the back of cage for the remainder of the game. The series will finish up tomorrow night at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign at 4:30 PM. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 7 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses
 
 
1/9/16: The Fighting Illini fell to the Northwestern Wildcats in a shootout after the game's original 60 minute time frame proved to be indecisive. The Illinois players suited up and took the ice at the outdoor rink in Rosemont, Illinois, taking in the atmosphere of their Winter Classic matchup. Despite all of this, there was still a game to be played, and team shook off its early jitters and vacation legs by opening the game with an offensive flury in the opponents zone that produced no goals. Halfway through the first period, the weather conditions began to play a larger factor in the game, and the puck slowly slid across the ice as the snow accumulated. Both teams failed to score in the first, and the weather continued into the second frame, making puck movement difficult and limiting each team's scoring chances. However, Northwestern broke through late in the second period as a wide-angle shot ricocheted off of junior goaltender Austin Gentry's pads and into the back of the goal. Conditions improved in the third, and Illinois took advantage with a pair of slap shot goals from junior defenseman Danny Hendrickson and senior captain Marcello Delfini, turning the Illini's defecit into a one-goal lead. However, the Wildcats equalized in the closing stages of the final frame, and game would be have to be decided by a shootout. The Illinois shooters and junior netminder Ben Wexler put forth their best efforts, but their attempts came up just short, and the Illini had to take a tough loss in which they dominated most of the game. The team's next series will be the following weekend against McKendree University on the big pond back at U of I. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 6 Losses, 2 Overtime Losses  
 
 
Last weekend marked the final games of seniors Nick Nolan and Tanner Meyer-Wright's career at Illinois. Nolan contributed to the team with his speed and relentless work ethic, which he used to create time and space for himself and his linemates. Tanner prided himself on his ability to win 50-50 pucks along the boards in the defensive and offensive zones. Both players contributed positively to the culture of the locker room and always showed up to the rink with purpose. Congratulations to Nick and Tanner on great careers with the team, and we wish them the best of luck in all of their future endeavors!
 
 
12/06/15: The Fighting Illini dropped their second game in a row against Illinois State in a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime defeat. Unlike the previous night, Illinois got off to a strong start and grabbed an early lead five minutes into the opening period on a powerplay goal from sophomore Darren Soneson. Halfway through the period, the team added to its lead when senior Brendan Lum scored his third goal of the weekend from a nice pass by senior Nick Nolan. Unfortunately, the offense dried up after the first frame, and despite a solid showing in the defensive zone, ISU clawed its way back into the game with goals in the second and third period. The game headed into overtime (Illinois' first overtime game of the season), and an unlucky bounce on a harmless-looking line rush pushed the puck past junior netminder Ben Wexler. The team's next game will be an outdoor Winter Classic against Northwestern. The game will be played at the MB Financial Park in Rosemont, Illinois, on January 9th at 7 PM. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 6 Losses, 1 Overtime Loss
 
 
12/05/15: The Fighting Illini lost its first game back from the Thanksgiving break, falling to Illinois State University by a score of 5-4. ISU jumped off to a quick start as the Illinois skaters struggled to find their legs in the early parts of the opening frame, building a two-goal lead that it would take into the second period. The Illini ramped up their pace of place in the second, and managed to knot the game up at 3-3 with goals from senior Brendan Lum and freshmen Jack Graham and Brian Shiau. It was either team's game heading into the final period, and ISU recaptured the momentum by burying two goals only three minutes apart shortly after puck drop. Lum would add another goal with assists from his linemates, seniors Matt Reich and Nick Nolan. However, Illinois' attempts at goal in the final moments of the game yielded no results, and the team dropped its first game of the series. Tomorrow, the series will conclude with the second game at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign, IL. Illini Record:  9 Wins, 6 Losses
 
 
11/14/15: The Fighting Illini completed its second sweep in a row on Saturday with a 7-3 victory of Loyala University. Illinois started the game flat, and allowed its opponent to take an early lead after a series of defensive breakdowns. As the period progressed, the team began to pick things up, and turned a defecit into a lead after goals from junior Conner Cecott and senior Nick Nolan.  The Illini continued the scoring early in the second frame when sophomore Darren Soneson capitalized on a powerplay and junior Danny Hendrickson tallied his second of the weekend, giving Illinois a 4-1 lead. Later in the second, Loyala would cut the Illini lead to 2 after scoring on the powerplay, which would would be the last goal of the period. However, the team quickly rebuilt and added to its lead in the third period with goals from freshman Jack Graham (who showed good hand-eye coordination by batting the puck out of the air and into the net from the slot), junior Jon Turner and Hendrickson (his second of the game). Loyala would tally a late goal, but the Illini's 4-goal cushion allowed the team to comfortably await the final buzzer and celebrate the win. The Illini are off for the next two weekends. The team will take on Illinois State on the 5th and 6th December at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign, IL. Illini Record: 9 Wins, 5 Losses   
 
 
11/13/15: The Fighting Illini picked up its third home win in a row, defeating Loyala University by a score of 3-1. The first period was relatively uneventful as neither side could find the back of the net. Illinois opened the game's scoring 11 seconds into the second period when senior captain Marcelllo Delfini slid a rebound past the Loyala netminder. The team kept applying the pressure, and their efforts were rewarded later in the period when junior Danny Hendrickson fired a laser from the point that gave the Illini a 2-0 lead heading into the final period. In the third, Delfini buried his second goal of the night on a quick wrap-around play that gave the Illini a comfortable lead with only ten minutes left in the period. However, Illinois could not preserve the shutout. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, Loyola capitalized on a powerplay with a slap shot from the point that found its way to the back of the net through some heavy traffic. Despite the late momentum, the Illini held Loyola's offense in check for the rest of the period and held onto its two goal advantage until the final buzzer. The second game of the series will be played tomorrow at 4:05 PM at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign, IL. Illini Record: 8 Wins, 5 Losses     
 
 
10/31/15: The Fighting Illini cruised to a 9-3 victory against Mizzou to pick up their second sweep of the season. Illinois' offense opened the scoring in the first period when junior assistant captain Danny Hendrickson intercepted a pass in the neutral zone, took a couple strides into the offensive zone, and fired a wrister that beat the goalie's glove. Minutes later, Hendrickson tallied another one as he ripped a one-timer into the net on the powerplay. In the last minute of the first period, the Illini added two more goals on a slapshot from sophomore Peter Romanchuk and a sharp-angle snipe from freshman Brian Shiau that would increase the Illinois lead to four. Goals continued to be supplied in the second as freshman Jack Graham capitalized on a terrific play orchestrated by junior Conner Cecott and senior Marcello Delfini, followed shortly thereafter by junior Jon Turner's fifth goal of the season. Up 6-0 until this point, Illinois conceeded its first goal about halfway through the frame, but responded with another powerplay goal from Romanchuk after a great cross-ice pass by sophomore Darren Soneson. The lead would be extended to seven after senior Matt Reich displayed impressive poise in front of the net, sliding the puck into the cage after letting the goaltender slide out of position. With an 8-1 advantage heading into the final period of play, the Illini began to relax, and though it cost them two goals against, the team recorded another win and freshman Nick Bartuce closed out the scoring for the night with his 3rd of the season. Next weekend will be yet another off-weekend for Illinois; their next games will be played against Loyala University Chicago on November 13th and 14th at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign, IL. Illini Record: 7 Wins, 5 Losses       
 
 
10/30/15: The Fighting Illini captured the first win in a two-game series against Missouri on Friday night, defeating the Tigers by a score of 5-2. . The second game of the series will be played tomorrow at 4:30 PM at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign, IL. Illini Record: 6 Wins, 5 Losses  
 
 
10/17/15: The Fighting Illini could not avoid the sweep this weekend, losing 9-0 in their second game against DePaul. Similar to last night's matchup, Illinois peppered the opposition's net with 16 shots in the opening period, but failed to cash in on any of its opportunities. DePaul tallied 2 goals in the first and would hold onto the advantage for the rest of the period. The second period did not bode well for the Illini either; the team gave up five goals (two shorthanded) and DePaul siezed control of the game. Their opponents would bury two more goals in the third, and the Fighting Illini couldn't wait for the buzzer to sound as they were swept in a weekend for the first time this season. The team is off next weekend, but will face the University of Missouri on the 30th and 31st of October at the U of I Ice Arena in Champaign, IL. Illini Record: 5 Wins, 5 Losses
 
 
10/16/15: The Fighting Illini lost its first game on the road at DePaul University by a score of 4-0. DePaul jumped out to an early lead in the first period with a goal halfway through the frame, adding another tally five minutes later to take a 2-0 lead into the second. Illinois picked up its play in the next two periods, but was frustrated by its inability to find the back of the net on numerous even strength and powerplay chances. DePaul's lead would grow to 3 goals heading into the final period. Five minutes into the third, DePaul was assesed a five minute major penalty that gave the Illini a golden opportunity to get back into the game. Despite the man advantage, Illinois could not manage to put one past the opposing goaltender, and the home team widened the gap with a shorthanded goal 3 minutes into the Illini powerplay. Illinois had nothing to show for its 48-shot effort, marking the first time the team has been shut out this season. Tomorrow, Illinois will take on DePaul again in the second game of the series at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows, IL. Illini Record: 5 Wins, 4 Losses
 
 
10/10/15: The Fighting Illini completed the sweep by defeating Eastern Illinois University (EIU) 6-3 on Saturday afternoon. Again, Illinois let its opponent control the early stages as a result of a slow start, and the Illini found themselves in a 2-0 hole for most of the first period. However, sophomore Darren Soneson (3) managed to cut the lead to one before the end of the first with a quick glove-side snapshot from the top of the circle. Illinois continued the scoring into the second period: junior Jon Turner (4) showed some good hand-eye coordination with a tip goal halfway through the frame, then senior Matt Reich (2, 3) tallied a pair of goals in quick succession to give the Illini a 2-goal lead. EIU managed to cut the Illinois' lead to one just before the break, so the scoreboard showed 4-3 at the start of the third period. With a one-goal lead in the final frame, Illinois locked down its defensive zone, limiting its opponent to 9 shots on goal and few grade-A scoring chances. The Illini kept the Panthers at arms length through the remainder of the period, and insurance goals from seniors Marcello Delfini (8) and Nick Nolan (3) secured the weekend sweep and extended Illinois' win streak to 3 games. The Fighting Illini's next matchups will be against DePaul University at the West Meadows Ice Arena in Rolling Meadows, IL. Illini Record: 5 Wins, 3 Losses        
 
 
10/09/15: The Fighting Illini broke out of its Friday slump, beating Eastern Illinois University (EIU) by a score of 9-3. It was Illinois' first win on a Friday since the season opener. EIU notched the first tally of the game 12 minutes into the first, but senior Nick Nolan (1) tied it up before the intermission with his first goal of the season. Halfway through the second frame, Eastern Illinois retook the lead, but again the Illini responded with a powerplay bomb from the point by freshman Jack Graham (1). Nolan (2) found the back of the net again minutes after Illinois equalized, but the Illini could not maintain the lead through the rest of the period as EIU tied the game up at 3-3 going into the the third. In the final period, Illinois' offense turned on the afterburners. The team scored a total of 6 goals in the third to put the game on ice and cruise to a comfortable victory. Highlights of the period included a hat trick from senior captian Marcello Delfini (5, 6, 7), senior Matt Reich's (1) first goal of the season, and continued excellent play and offensive production from rookies Nick Bartuce (2) and Darren Soneson (2). Illinois will play EIU tomorrow at the the David S. Palmer Ice Arena in Danville, IL, in the second and final game of the series. Illini Record: 4 wins, 3 losses  
 
 
10/03/15: The Fighting Illini secured its third victory of the season, defeating St. Louis University 3-2 in their second home game of the young season. The game was a defensive battle with solid goaltending on both sides. Junior goaltender Austin Gentry bailed Illlinois out early with a huge stop on a shorthanded, breakaway chance. Around the ten minute mark of the first period, Junior Danny Hendrickson (2) slid a rebound chance through the five hole to give the Illini a 1-0 lead that they would take into the intermission. However, the lead would not last through the second period. Illinois' offense was shut out in the next frame, and St. Louis cashed in on a couple of chances to wrestle the lead away from the home team. In the third period, the Illini encountered even more adversity as the team was assessed a 5-minute major penalty in the period's early moments. Despite the advantage, St. Louis was unable to capitalize, and Illinois' abilitiy to kill the entire penalty without conceeding a goal provided a game-changing momentum shift. With less than five minutes remaining, junior John Turner made a great play at the offensive blue line to set up a glove-side snipe by sophomore Darren Soneson (1). Only sixty seconds later, Turner (3) secured a one-goal lead for the Illini by following up the rebound on his own shot. Illinois would hold onto the advantage until the final buzzer, earning a crucial win in its first home weekend. Next weekend, the Fighting Illini will take on Eastern Illinois University at the David S. Palmer Arena in Danville, IL. Illini Record: 3 Wins, 3 Losses 
 
 
10/02/15: The Fighting Illini fell to St. Louis University in their home opener by a score of 7-5. St. Louis opened up the scoring halfway through the first period, and then added another with 45 seconds left in the frame to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission. The Illini offense began to click in the second period. Freshman Robert Greising (1) scored his first goal in an Illinois jersey to reduce the defecit to one in the opening minutes of the second. With five minutes remaining before the next intermission, Illinois overwhelmed St. Louis with a steady flow of goals. Junior Mitch Mohr (2) buried a goal off of a feed from sophomore Krystian Szorc. Less than a minute later, junior Conner Cecott (3) scored on a backdoor play during an Illini powerplay, and senior captain Marcello Delfini capped off the period with his 4th goal of the season to give Illinois a 4-3 edge at the end of two. St. Louis jumped on Illinois early in the third period with a pair of quick goals to gain back the lead, but Szorc (1) equalized shortly thereafter to knot the game up at 5-5. A couple of defensive breakdowns cost the Fighting Illini in the late stages of the game, as the Billikens cashed in on two opportunities with less than four minutes on the clock to put the game out of reach. The second game of the series will be played tomorrow at the U of I Ice Arena at 1:30 PM. Illini Record: 2 Wins, 3 Losses
 
 
09/26/15: The Fighting Illini picked up a huge, comeback win on Saturday, defeating NIU by a tally of 8-6. The game began similar to the previous night's matchup, with Illinois conceeding a goal only seconds after the opening faceoff. Both teams' offenses were firing on all cylinders in the first period, combining for a total of 7 goals. NIU capitalized on Illinois' continued penalty trouble by scoring three powerplay goals in the first and taking a three-goal lead into the first intermission. The Illini goalscorers were freshman Nick Bartuce (1) and junior Mitch Mohr (1). In the second period, Illinois managed to cut the lead to two. Junior Jon Turner (1, 2) scored his first of the night from freshman defenseman Jack Graham and Conner Cecott (2) extended his goal-scoring streak to two games, and the Illini trailed the Huskies 6-4 heading into the final period of play. Turner continued to make his presence felt on the ice, burying another goal and tacking on four assists. Illinois managed to wrestle the special teams advantage away from NIU by scoring two powerplay goals in the third and adding one even-strength tally to take a one goal lead halfway through the frame. Smart, defensive play carried the Illini towards the final buzzer, and freshman Brian Shiau iced the game with an empty net goal with less than 30 second remaining in the game to secure the victory. Next weekend, Illinois will take on St. Louis University in its first home games of the season. Illini Record: 2 Wins, 2 Losses.  
 
 
09/25/15: The Fighting Illini lost the first game of the series against Northern Illinois University 11-4. NIU jumped out to an early lead, scoring twelve seconds into the game and tallying a total of five goals in the first period. Illinois also opened its scoring in the first period when sophomore Conner Cecott (1) fired a low shot from the top of the circles that beat the goalie's glove hand. The goals continued to pile up in the second period; penalty trouble crushed any hope for the Illini to get back into the game and the Huskies added a couple more goals in the second to put the game just out of reach. Despite the score, Illinois continued to battle into the third period. Senior captain Marcello Delfini (1, 2) netted a pair of goals and sophomore Peter Romanchuk (2) added to his goal count in the third. Illinois will play game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at the Leafs Ice Center in West Dundee, IL. Illini Record: 1 Win, 2 Losses. 
 
 
09/19/15: The Fighting Illini split their doubleheader Friday against Notre Dame. Illinois won its first game of the season by a score of 3-1. Freshman Mike Turek (1) opened up the scoring on a powerplay in his debut game for the Illini with a quick point shot through traffic that found its way to the back of the net.  The Illini kept their foot on the gas for the rest of the game, cruising to a two goal victory. In the second game of the series, Illinois started flat but remained in the game thanks to solid goaltending in the early moments from Ben Wexler. Danny Hendrickson (1) and Peter Romanchuk (1) each tallied powerplay goals for the Fighting Illini, but the team couldn't find an equalizer in the dying seconds of the game, losing by a score of 5-3. Illini Record: 1 Win, 1 Loss.
 
 
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Seniors Matt Crook, Anthony Altosino and Alex Pecoraro ended their careers with the Illini on Saturday.  Captain Matt Crook led the team by wearing the "C" on and off the ice for the team.  Crook ended the season with 12 goals and 13 assists.  Assistant Captain and Treasurer Anthony Altosino lead the team by leading by example with the most points on the team.  Altosino ended the season with 18 goals and 22 assists.  Winger Alec Pecoraro consistently contributed to the teams success with his shut down D and physical play.  Pecoraro ended the season with 4 goals and 3 assists.  Thanks for playing seniors, you will be missed.  


2/8/15: The Fighting Illini ended their season on a high note with a 7-1 victory against Bradley University.  Senior Matt Crook (11,12) had himself a pair of goals for the Illini.  Oneil (6) scored his sixth of the year.  Senior Anthony Altosino (18) snipped his eighteenth goal of the year off the post and in.  Senior Alex Pecoraro (4) netted the 4th goal for the Illini.  Hendrickson (19) scored a powerplay goal from the point and Szorc (2) scored the seventh and final goal for the Illini.  Assists recorded for the Illini were from Walton, Barnes, Hendrickson, Delfini, Mohr, Cecott, and Altosino.  
The 2014-2015 Fighting Illini ended the seaon with 10 Wins 15 Losses and 3 Overtime Losses.


2/7/15: The Fighting Illini came up short to Bradley University on Friday 6-5.  Goals scored for the Illini: Mohr (1) in the first to tie the game at 1-1.  Hendrickson (17,18) netted a pair for the Illini.  Cecott (11) scored his eleventh of the season and Walton (6) potted the final goal for the Illini in the final minute of play.  Assists were recorded for the Illini were Barnes, O'Sullivan, Crook, Pecoraro and Romanchuk.  Illini Record: 9 Wins 15 Losses 3 Overtime Losses


1/31/15: The Fighting Illini were defeated to Missouri State University in the second game of the series 8-3.  Goals scored for the Illini were Hendrickson (16) on the power play in the first.  Crook (11) netted the second for the Illini on a 4 on 4 early in the second and Romanchuk (4) scored the last goal for the Illini in the third.  Assists recorded for the Illini were Delfini, Altosino, Casey, and Walton.  
Illini Record: 9 Wins 14 Losses 3 Overtime Losses


1/30/15: The Fighting Illini lost to Missouri State University on friday 6-3.  Goals scored for the Illini were Walton (5) in the first period and Altosino (17) in the third.  Both goals scored on the power play in the first and third periods.  Assists for the Illini were Romanchuk, Reich and Hendrickson.  Illini Record: 9 Wins 13 Losses 3 Overtime Losses


1/24/15: The Fighting Illini came up short in an overtime thriller to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 7-6.  Goals scored for the Illini were Reich (6) and Meyer-Wright (3) in the first period.  Altosino (16) and Cecott (11) scored in the second to end the period in tie.  Reich (7) scored his second of night in the third and Walton (4) tied the game up with 3 seconds left in the third to send the game into overtime.  Illini Record: 9 Wins 12 Losses 3 Overtime Losses


1/23/15: The Fighting Illini were defeated by Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 6-0.  The game was ended in a forfeit at the end of the second for the Illini as there was an ice maintenance issue and the ice condition was unsafe to play on.  
Illini Record: 9 Wins 12 Losses 2 Overtime Losses


1/17/15: The Fighting Illini lost to St. Louis University 6-0.   Illini Record: 9 Wins 11 Losses 2 Overtime Losses 


1/16/15: The Fighting Illini were defeated on Friday 7-1 to St. Louis University.  The Illini single goal was scored by a tip in by Cecott (10).  Illini Record: 9 Wins 10 Losses 2 Overtime Losses