Friday, December 31, 2010
Winter Classic Alumni Game Excites Fans In Attendance
In what was a late addition to the original Winter Classic schedule, the Penguins-Capitals Alumni game was fun for the 12,000 fans that were in attendance. There was little drama or suspense but it was the first real test for the Heinz Field rink.
The quality of hockey was about what would be expected in a hastily thrown together game with players who haven't seen competitive ice recently. It didn't matter a bit to the fans in the stands who just wanted to see Mario Lemieux skate in the powder blues and hear his name called on the loudspeaker.
The final score was 5-5 with no overtime or shoot out just like it was back in the day.
The weather for the game was perfect with overcast skies and 42 degrees. The NHL would love to have the same conditions on Saturday when the latest forecast is calling for an 80% chance of rain on Saturday with a high of 54 degrees.
Buddy Oakes for PredsOnTheGlass