Hotchkiss girls hockey ties Cushing in historic outdoor match

Cushing Academy’s Brittany Pengeroth rushes the puck up ice in the first period, while her teammates trail behind. Photo by Will Burchfield

EAST HARTFORD — For much of the year, East Hartford’s Rentschler Field is home to the University of Connecticut football team, a Division 1 program that uses its $91.2 million facility spring through fall.

In the winter months, snow blankets the grass field while the bleachers, quiet and empty, keep vigil over the 40,000-capacity stadium.

But this year, a new sport has taken over Rentschler Field, a sport that thrives in the biting wind and frigid temperatures of early February.

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