The Hockey City Classic brought outdoor hockey back to the University of Minnesota

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Photo Credit: Matt Blewett/The Minnesota Sports Report

Minnesota’s in Minnesota kicked off on Friday January 17 when TCF Bank Stadium (the home of Gopher Football) was transformed into an outdoor rink to host the first outdoor University of Minnesota hockey event in 80 years.

The Gopher women were ranked first in the nation and the men were also ranked in the top slot in the nation took to the frozen outdoor ice in front of the largest crowd to watch a hockey game in the state of Minnesota, a reported 45,021 fans.

The women shut out the Minnesota State University Mankato Mavericks in the first game by the score of 4-0.  The top ranked Gopher women

The Men skated to a 1-0 win in a not-so-typical men’s college hockey game that included very little physical play and lot of defense.  The temperature was likely the main cause for the change of play. By the evening when the men’s game started the outdoor air temperature hovered around 0 degrees F.

With the win the Gophers’ Men’s hockey team improves to 16-2-3 while the women improved to 21-1-1 as both teams retain their top of the country standing.

Stay tuned for the North Star Classic which will highlight the heavy hitting Minnesota teams at the Xcel Energy Center on January 24 and 25.  Hockey fans will then be treated to the Big Ten tournament on March 20-22 and finally the NCAA Men’s West Tournament on March 29-30.

Stay tuned to The Minnesota Sports Report for continued hockey coverage.