By Morgan Haga
1/24/2022 Dekalb, IL The D3 Huskies celebrated senior night this past weekend as they played the University of Missouri. The Huskies played a hard set of games. Friday falling 1-5 and Saturday falling 2-15.
Friday night the Huskies had one goal scored by Max Ruttenburg, 8 minutes into the third period. Huskies’ goaltender was Matthew Capek.
Saturday, the Huskies celebrated senior night! These seniors have worked so hard during their time as Huskies. Below, they shared some of their best memories as Huskies and where they plan to go next.
Aaron Harris “Some of the best memories I have at NIU would be going on all the road trips with the boys, whether it being at a dump of a hotel or a 5-star hotel, we had the best times and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. After college, I plan to work in sales and run the men’s league.”
Mason McCoy “ I think the memories that will stick with me the most while being a part of the Huskies will have to be the bus and hotel trips. In the moment, the long hours on the bus, hours waiting in a shanty mall, and the occasional hotel crust fest seemed to be the low points of my weekend. When looking back it was a great time because I got to spend time with the boys and grow as a team. Being with the team all weekend always felt like a mini-vacation and served as a good mental break. I’m thankful for the memories I’ve made being a huskie and the people I shared them with. “
Cody Radman “ My favorite memory has been playing pond hockey with my teammates each winter in Dekalb. After college, I plan to begin my job search and work in sports marketing. I would also like to continue to be involved in hockey whether that be becoming a coach, ref, or playing in a men’s league.”
Justin Garr “ My favorite memory for the hockey season is when we did karaoke on the bus rides. It was always a great time and we really got to see the personalities of people come to light. I plan to go to graduate school next year, where I will get my MBA with a focus on Data Analytics. Then go into the field and get a job somewhere. Currently, I am working at State Farm, where I could see myself working in the future.”
Brandon Howe “ I think my best memories over the last 3 years of playing hockey for NIU have definitely come from the teammates I had. I’ve played a sport for most of my life and it is rare to find a team that is so supportive of one another. Everyone on the ice is there for each other win or lose and even as rough as the times got, we were able to enjoy the moment for what it was while it lasted. The single moment I will always remember from my time playing happened only a week ago on a game Saturday against Aurora. After 3 years, I finally scored my first goal and got a hat trick in the same game. Scoring those goals was not even the best part. The reaction from the entire team, coaches, and even parents are what truly made it memorable. As long as it took for me to achieve that goal, I am glad it happened the way it did as the moment is something I will cherish for the rest of my life. After I graduate, I most likely plan to try to get a job and gain some experience and knowledge about what it is I do and don’t like. I would like to return to graduate school at some point and hope to potentially work doing research in Earth science or planetary science.
Saturday’s game Senior Justin Garr scored the first goal and Jason Kliment followed with another shortly after. Goaltender Matthew Coppolillo started out the game and Matthew Capek finished.
The D3 Huskies return to home ice for their final home games of the season, January 28th and 29th to take on Illinois State University. Game times are 7:00 pm Friday and 6:30 pm Saturday both at Canlan Ice Sports West Dundee.