Jeff Costello scored the game-winning goal in the third period as Notre Dame beat Miami (Ohio) 2-1 Sunday in the Hockey City Classic.
The Central Collegiate Hockey Association game at Chicago's Soldier Field was the first outdoor ever for third-ranked Miami and the first for Notre Dame in its 45 years of varsity hockey.
“We were very fortunate. It was great weather, a great crowd. It was a fun event," Irish head coach Jeff Jackson said. "My first opportunity to be at an outdoor game. I’m hoping the kids enjoyed it.”
“It was a great atmosphere," said Irish senior defender and Chicago native Sam Calabrese. "When you come out to warm-ups, I think that’s the first time you really realize that this place is going to be packed. It was great to have all of my (family) be able to see it and not have to drive two hours to South Bend. I know a lot of the other Chicago boys had family here and everyone was thrilled to play in this game.”
Mario Lucia scored the first goal of the game for the Irish (19-12-1, 15-8-1-1). Costello made it 2-0 at 8:33 of the third period. The RedHawks (19-8-6, 14-6-4-3) got within one on Kevin Morris' goal 1:03 later.
Notre Dame's Steven Summerhays made 22 saves as the Irish improved to 16-0-0 when leading after two periods. Ryan McKay had 26 stops for Miami.
Miami beat Notre Dame 3-1 Friday to clinch a first-round bye for the playoffs.
Wisconsin-Minnesota followed up the Irish and Red Hawks in game two of the Hockey City Classic.
“It makes our sport," Jackson said of the event. "They’ve had two or three outdoor games with great crowds, this one was no different. They’ve got four great programs here. It’s not just a single game. It’s a doubleheader with four really good programs and three of the four, maybe all four, with great ties to Chicago. Chicago’s 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 to us.”
“It was an unbelievable experience," said Calabrese. "There was so much build-up to it, so for it to finally be completed, it was a great feeling. Coach mentioned it earlier that there’s no college hockey team in Chicago so for all the younger players and family members, this is it for them. It was great for the community.