Illini Headed to the "Frosty Four"
The Illini roll through two rounds of the tournament to the semi-final round
Sunday, March 11 / 5:45pm
Credit: ACHA

Getting past Jamestown with a 3-1 win in the first round, and a 4-3 overtime win against rival Ohio, the Illini are headed to the semi-finals to face No. 1 ranked Minot State.

The University of Illinois (#5) scored two shorthanded goals in the third period to pull away with a 3-1 win over the 12th-ranked University of Jamestown in Game 2 of Day 3 at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena Saturday.  Senior forward Eric Cruickshank led the Fighting Illini, recording two points and scoring the game-winning goal.

Cruickshank and Tyler Opilka assisted on Grant Stueve’s goal just 46 seconds into the game to put Illinois ahead 1-0 before Jamestown forward Jeremy McNeil evened the score at 16:52 in the second period.

Fighting off a power-play, Cruickshank scored the first of two back-to-back shorthanded goals in the final frame at the 2:38 mark. The Jimmies battled the Fighting Illini but found themselves allowing another shorthanded goal with three minutes remaining in the game. Luke Forfar assisted on James Mcging’s goal to give Illinois a two goal, 3-1, lead. Jamestown’s efforts of pulling goaltender Tyson Brouwer with two minutes remaining for an extra attacker would prove to not be of any help.

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The University of Illinois (#5) upset the 4th-ranked Ohio University 4-3, in overtime, in the quarterfinal matinee game Sunday at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena. While Illinois had three players notch multi-point games, it was sophomore Luke Forfar’s power-play goal that edged the Fighting Illini to advance to the #FrostyFour.

Both teams scored a pair of goals in the first period. Hometown favorite, Ohio, scored early when Gianni Evangelisti scored just 1:36 into the game. Illinois’ drew Richter answered back near the midway mark of the period to tie the game. Freshman Drew Richter scored his first goal of the night to give the Fighting Illini a 2-1 lead until Jake Faiella evened the game back at 2-2 with 1:19 remaining in the period.

After a scoreless second, Illinois’ Neil Novosel found Quinn at 7:13 into the period to regain the lead.

The Bobcats’ Tyler Harkins game-tying goal with 2:09 remaining in regulation would force the third overtime game of 2018 ACHA National Championships.

Illinois will face Lindenwood University in the #FrostyFour on Monday. Game time will be either 5 or 8 p.m.; determined after the ACHA re-seeds for the semi-final games.

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