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Hockey Tue Feb 19 2013

ND & UW Prevail In OfficeMax Hockey City Classic

logo.jpgNotre Dame edges Miami 2-1 in game one at Soldier Field

The 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. The Fighting Irish were able to manage in his absence.

Notre Dame's first goal came from Mario Lucia in the second period, followed by the game winner that came when forward Anders Lee made a rush toward the net to setup a rebound goal by Jeff Costello.

Miami's only tally came in the third period, with a goal originally credited to Illinois native Cody Murphy. Officials, however, overruled the homecoming score -- instead giving it to forward Kevin Morris.

Miami sent goaltender Ryan McKay to the bench for an extra attacker in a last ditch effort to tie the game, but it was too late.

McKay, a Palatine native, said he enjoyed his experience playing at Soldier Field despite the fact the team coming 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," he said.

Miami's head coach Enrico Blasi believes that playing in outdoor games like the Hockey City Classic will help their recruiting efforts in the Chicagoland area.

"It's a great city. They produce a lot of good hockey players," Blasi said." It's natural fit for us. We like the type of person and player that comes out of Chicago."

Notre Dame's head coach, Jeff Jackson, echoed Blasi's sentiments. "Chicago is a great hockey town," he said. "It's great for us because we have so many kids from Chicago and so many alumni that it's like a second home."

Notre Dame and Miami had a combined 11 players from the state of Illinois on their rosters.

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Wisconsin holds off territorial rival Minnesota 3-2 in game two

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

Minnesota tried rallying back in the third period, picking up two goals by Seth Ambroz and Zach Budish.

Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel made 36 saves, the last of which came as time expired to seal the victory for the Badgers.

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

 
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