PITTSBURGH -- It wasn't the storybook ending the Robert Morris hockey team wanted, but it was a special day nonetheless.
The Pittsburgh-based university with an enrollment of about 5,000 can say they were part of the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic after their 4-3 loss Thursday to the Rochester (N.Y.) Institute of Technology at Consol Energy Center, home of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Colonials have played in Mellon Arena a few times over the years and once earlier this season at Consol, but playing in an NHL arena hasn't gotten old just yet.
"It's a huge deal. I never thought I'd get a chance to play in this arena growing up," said sophomore defenseman Brendan Jamison, a Pittsburgh native. "This is my second game here, third game at a pro arena. It gets better each time because you look forward to it for a month or so and when you're here you're awed by the arena. Growing up here, it's great."