For the third consecutive season the Notre Dame Fighting Irish hockey team will play at the United Center, home to the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks. After previously playing there in the 2017 Frozen Four, and last year playing a neutral site game against the Wisconsin Badgers, the Irish return for another neutral site game with Wisconsin on Sunday, January 20 at 7:30 pm ET. The first game of the series will be played Friday January 18 in Madison.
Notre Dame has not had great success playing at the United Center in recent memory. They lost in the 2017 semifinals to the eventual national champion Denver Pioneers by a score of 6-1. Last year, in their game against Wisconsin, the Badgers snapped their program record 16-game winning streak. Notre Dame will try to change their fortunes in Chicago as they look to repeat as Big Ten champions and reach their third consecutive Frozen Four.
Despite their recent run of form though, it is always a great experience for the players to play in a professional stadium and playing in Chicago strengthens the already strong bond between Notre Dame and the Blackhawks organization. The Blackhawks have held their training camp at Notre Dame’s facilities several times in the past and will be playing in this season’s Winter Classic at Notre Dame Stadium.
Tickets for the game go on sale October 11 and can be purchased through the United Center. Full story from Notre Dame can be found here.