In front of 85,630 fans outdoors at the Cotton Bowl, former UMaine goalie Ben Bishop backstopped the Dallas Stars to a 4-2 win over Nashville in the NHL New Year's Day Winter Classic Game.

Bishop made 31 saves for Dallas to get his 14th win. He goals against average is now 2.33 and his save percentage is .926%.

It was the 12th NHL Winter Classic Outdoor Game and the 85,000+ crowd is the second largest. Only the Michigan Stadium 105,000 game drew more fans.

Bishop, who played for the UMaine Black Bears from 2005-08 and has been a Vezina Trophy finalist three times, couldn't say enough good things about the Winter Classic experience.

NOTE: Bishop is not the first former UMaine Black Bear goalie to be part of a NHL Winter Classic Outdoor Game. Jimmy Howard (Detroit) was the starting goalie for the Red Wings in that 2014 Michigan Stadium game. Toronto won that game 3-2 in a shootout.

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