Hear It From a Student - Christening Compton

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Hockey 1.jpg Last Friday, a new era of Notre Dame hockey began as the team relocated from the Joyce Center's north dome to Compton Family Ice Arena.

The new facility is an incredible upgrade from the old and gives the top-tier team a home with quality that reflects the recent success of the program.

Playing Rensselaer Tech (RPI), the Irish put on a show for the largest hockey crowd in South Bend history - a sell-out showing of 5,022. Sophomore Anders Lee continued his scoring tear, bringing his season goal total to eight with a hat trick in the inaugural game.

Lee is tied for the most goals in the nation with Jeremy Langlois from Quinnipiac, despite playing in three fewer games.

What was most encouraging about the game, however, was the electrifying atmosphere that the new arena brought. A few kinks in the system notwithstanding, the experience was overwhelmingly superior to that of the Joyce Center. The videoboard was able to better introduce the players and provide a real-time feed for when the puck went into a blind spot of the ice.

But the real benefit of the arena was much more intangible than that. It's difficult to describe, but the difference in atmosphere is like the disparity in speed between the NFL and college football. We're at a whole new level now.

Hopefully the Irish will be able to feed off the inevitable increase in energy that will come at home. I'll be anxious to see how loud the place can get in a game that's still close during the third period. As exciting as Friday's game was, I have a feeling it can get a lot louder in that arena.

- Craig Chval ('15)

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