Soldier Field will play host to two top-ranked college hockey teams this Sunday, as No. 3 Miami (Ohio) faces off against No. 12 Notre Dame, broadcasted live on Comcast SportsNet. The matchup will serve as the first half of the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic, and will start at Noon.
It will be the first hockey game ever played in the 88 year-old stadium's history, and doubles as a crucial intra-conference showdown. First-place Miami holds a six point lead over third-place Notre Dame in the CCHA standings with five games left in regular-season play. They defeated the Irish 3-1 at their home stadium in Oxford, Ohio on Friday night, the first of back-to-back games between the two squads that will conclude in front of the TV cameras in Chicago.
Miami has never played an outdoor hockey game in their program's history, and Notre Dame has not played outside since making the switch to Division I competition in 1969. Prior to that, Notre Dame hockey was a club sport, and they will honor that history by wearing throwback uniforms from that era on Sunday. In turn, Miami will be wearing a one-time special edition tan jersey seen here.
Notre Dame has played over 40 hockey games in the Chicago area in their history, was hosting the Shillelagh Tournament in Hoffman Estates as recently as 2011 and just had their football team play in Soldier Field this past October. But any sense of home-ice advantage is running up against Miami's three-game winning streak in the head-to-head series, and 38-16-10 record overall against the Irish.
Following up the Miami-Notre Dame showdown is another battle of ranked teams, as No. 2 Minnesota faces No. 18 Wisconsin at 3:30 PM CT. Highlights of both games will be featured on SportsNet Central presented by AT&T U-Verse at 6:30 pm and on GMC SportsNet Central at 10:00 pm.