This was the 75th year of the rivalry between Cranbrook and Detroit Catholic Central. With the game being so important, there was a cause for celebration. As a result the Outdoor Classic was born. Clark Park was turned into an ice rink worthy of an NHL game and the fans came out in force.
To celebrate the history of the rivalry, four games took place that day: a junior varsity game, two alumni games, and the “Big One” finale. Each team had weeks of build-up to the game, and they honored the past by wearing throw-back jerseys. The coaches wore fedoras and long wool coats, and it felt like taking a step back in time.
From inside the rink, you could see the Ambassador Bridge to Canada and the scene was set. The game started and all the nerves wore off. Catholic Central scored twice in the first period and it felt like things could get out of hand if Cranbrook didn’t respond. When the first 17 minute period had come to an end, the Catholic Central fans were feeling pretty good about their chances to bring home the Great American Rivalry Series Championship Cup.
The guys at Cranbrook knew that they had to come out hot in the second, and they could have melted the ice, scoring two goals in a span of two minutes. It was all Cranbrook in the second, and the crowd knew they were in for a treat in the third.
In the third period, Catholic Central established their dominance by scoring early for a 3-2 lead. With their heads hung a little lower than earlier, Crabrook gave up another goal less than a minute later. The game was out of reach and a late goal capped off a great day of hockey giving Catholic Central a 5-2 victory.
After the game, with all eyes on the ice, the scholar athletes were presented their awards by members of the Air Force. The presentation was made just after the game concluded due to timing issues before the game. Kevin Collon from Cranbrook accepted his award on the ice along with his parents, Marybeth and David Collon. Anthony Rossi of Catholic Central was on the ice with this parents Antonio and Olympia Rossi as he received his award. It was a great presentation.
Afterward, Air Force reps presented the Championship Cup and the Championship Hats. The Catholic Central players immediately rushed the trophy and hit the ice in their championship pose.
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- HOCKEY: Catholic Central vs. Cranbrook – 2010