There are potentially five future Chicago Blackhawks on the 12th ranked Notre Dame hockey team. No wonder the Hawks sent scouts to the Soldier Field press box today to check out what ND hockey has to offer. And ND hockey prevailed 2-1 over the #3 Miami Red Hawks in the first of the Hockey City classic's two games.
Wisconsin and Minnesota met in the matinee.
Irish junior Stephen Johns (2 shots, 1 block) was drafted by the Blackhawks in the 2nd round of 2010. Vince Hinostroza will be in South Bend next year. But today was less about the future or prospects than it was the spectacle and event. Hawks ambassador Denis Savard entertained the frozen crowd in between intermission, and a Miami of Ohio fan ran onto the field put a couple on moves on security that Walter Payton (this is Soldier Field) would be proud of. Later after the press conferences, I saw him in handcuffs.
"there's no college hockey team in Chicago, so this was great that the park district could put this all together," said Notre Dame goalie Steven Summerhays, who made 8 saves. ND hockey got goals from Jeff Costello and Mario Lucia to defeat Miami. That's 2-0 now versus Miami at Soldier Field. Even though the other game was in football versus the other Miami in Florida.
This win avenged a 3-1 loss to the Red Hawks.
Miami out shot the Irish 8-2 in the opening period and 22-21, for the game in that one.
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