1) Spectators at Soldier Field listen to the National Anthem performance before the start of the game against rivals University of Minnesota Gophers and University of Wisconsin Badgers in the Office Max Hockey City Winter Classic.
2) Bryan Rust (center) makes a move around Cody Murphy (right) as he drives to the net.
3) University of Minnesota forward Kyle Rau (center) cuts to the net during the first period of the Office Max Hockey City Winter Classic at Soldier Field against the University of Wisconsin Badgers.
4) Jake Parenteau waves to the crowd while exiting the field during the Office Max Hockey City Winter Classic at Soldier Field.
5) Kyle Rau (left) takes a high crosscheck in front of the net from Jake McCabe (right).
6) Zach Budish (center) takes a shot with only a few seconds left in the game in an attempt to tie the score.
7) Joel Rumpel (left), Frankie Simonelli (center), and Michael Mersch (right) celebrate their 3-2 win against teh University of Minnesota
After dealing with as many parking difficulties as I could imagine, I finally walked onto the field with a massive grin on my face just in time for the puck drop of the Notre Dame vs Miami game. It was a little warmer than Saturday, and the sun was shining bright. It was a great day for hockey.
It was an exhausting couple of days, but an amazing experience. Now, the NHL winter classic!...oh, wait...