Hershey hosts Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic
(Hershey) -- The AHL made sure fans could still enjoy an outdoor hockey game this season.
The American Hockey League held its annual midseason game outside Sunday when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins met the Hershey Bears on an ice sheet built inside a football stadium on the grounds of an amusement park.
The puck dropped around sunset, while bright lights flashed on the idle wooden roller-coaster tracks behind the stadium.
The Penguins would prove victorious, scoring the winning goal in overtime to make the score 2-1.
The NHL returned this weekend from a months-long lockout.
But its popular Winter Classic, which was supposed to pit the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 1 in Ann Arbor, Mich., was cancelled and wasn't rescheduled.
Celebration at the 2013 AHL Outdoor Classic
The game went on for the AHL. League president David Andrews said attendance was up about 7 percent across the AHL.
2013 AHL Classic at Hersheypark Stadium
A sell-out crowd of 17,000 packed Hersheypark Stadium for the game. This is the fifth time the AHL has held its Outdoor Classic.
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