Hockey in historic Lambeau Field

The Wisconsin Badgers skated past the Ohio State Buckeyes 4-2 Saturday in front of a crowd of 40,890 that attended the first-ever Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic at historic Lambeau Field.

It was the third largest crowd at a hockey game in the last five years. Only the Michigan State-Michigan game at East Lansing in 2001 (74,554) and the Edmonton Oilers-Montreal Canadiens NHL game in Edmonton in 2003 (57,167) drew larger crowds.

The Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin had been planning the event for the past 15 months. They were more than happy with the turnout.

"We're just delighted," Packers executive vice president John Jones said. "It was lots of fun for football and hockey fans alike, and it gets Green Bay's name out in the world of hockey."

The temperature at the start of the game was 28 degrees with a 7 mph wind and partly sunny skies. It dipped to just 27 by the start of the third period, leaving players, coaches and fans comfortable and thrilled with the experience.

"When I walked in Friday and saw the rink, just how incredible it looked, and then to know that we were actually skating on Lambeau Field - it was awesome," said Kyle Klubertanz, who scored the Badgers' second goal.


Wisconsin's Andrew Joudrey (24) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal in the third period.

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Wisconsin's Ross Carlson, left front, and Ohio State's Sam Campbell (22) battle for the puck behind the Ohio State goal during the first period.

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