OfficeMax Hockey City Classic Recap

Notre Dame edges Miami 2-1 in game one of the Office Max Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field.

First big moment of the game took place when Notre Dame’s Mike Voran was hit with a five minute major and game disqualification for a check from behind on Miami's Taylor Richart.

Notre Dame first goal came from Mario Lucia in the second period. The second goal was scored when forward Anders Lee made a rush toward the net to setup a rebound goal by Jeff Costello.

Miami's first goal in the third period was originally credited to Illinois native Cody Murphy. Officials ruled that forward Kevin Morris scored the goal.

Miami sent their goaltender, Ryan McKay, to the bench to bring an extra attacker on try to tie the game to no avail.

McKay enjoyed his experience playing at Soldier Field despite the fact the team came up short.

“Obviously, losing the game, definitely takes a lot away from the experience but nonetheless it was something I’ll remember for a really long time."

Miami head coach Enrico Blasi commended the Fighting Irish on their style of play.

“I think they found a way to make plays and they had better energy,” Blasi said. “They have a little more jump, if you will, and they took it to us.”

Notre Dame head coach Jeff Jackson loved the fact that many of his players from the Chicago area got to play the game at Soldier Field.

“Chicago is a great hockey town… (and) it’s great for us because we have so many kids from Chicago and so many alumni that it’s like a second home us.”

During the third period, a fan wearing a Miami sweatshirt came out of the stands and ran onto the field. He made a couple of juke moves that would have made Bears running back Matt Forte proud.

In the second game of the doubleheader, Wisconsin held off territorial rival Minnesota 3-2.

Wisconsin scored three second period goals. The first one was made by defenseman Kevin Schulze. He was assisted by Brendan Woods and Mark Zengerle.

Minnesota got on the board with two third period goals by Seth Ambroz and Zach Budish.

Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel had 36 saves. The last of which was made as time expired.

 

The attendance for both games was announced at 52,051.

 

GAME ONE RECAP

Final score: Notre Dame 2, Miami 1

ND goals:  Mario Lucia from Rust and Fogarty; Jeff Costello from Anders Lee

Miami goals: Kevin Morris from Marc Hagel

 

Three stars:

1)  M.Lucia

2)  J. Costello

3)   S. Summerhays

 

Winning Goalie: Steven Summerhays 1 GA 22 saves

Losing Goalie: Ryan McKay 2 GA 26 saves

 

 Next game: Notre Dame @ Western Michigan 7:05 p.m.

                      Miami @ Lake Superior State 7:35 p.m.

 

GAME TWO RECAP

Final score: Wisconsin 3, Minnesota 2

WIS goals: Kevin Schulze from Brendan Woods and Mark Zengerle;John Ramage from Micheal Mersch and Brendan Woods; Sean Little from Jake McCabe and Jefferson Dahl.

MIN goals: Seth Ambroz from Justin Holl  and Christian Isackson;  Zach Budish from Nick Bjugstad and Erik Haula.

 

Three stars:

1)  J.Rumpel

2)  B.Woods

3)   K. Schulze

Winning Goalie: Joel Rumpel 2 GA 36 saves

Losing Goalie: Adam Wilcox  3 GA 16 saves

 

 Next game: Wisconsin vs. Penn State 7:00 p.m.

                      Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth 7:00 p.m.

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