Dec. 11, 2010
Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Michigan Stadium)
Event: Big Chill at the Big House presented by Arby's
Score: #12 Michigan 5, Michigan State 0
Records: U-M (10-5-4, 9-3-1-0 CCHA), Michigan State (6-9-3, 3-8-1-0 CCHA)
Attendance: 113,411 (world record for hockey game)
Next U-M Event: Wednesday, Dec. 29 -- vs. Michigan Tech - Great Lakes Invitational (Detroit, Mich.), 7:35 p.m.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- In front of a world record crowd for an ice hockey game (113,411), the University of Michigan (No. 12 USA Today/No. 12 USCHO) overwhelmed Michigan State, 5-0, on Saturday (Dec. 11) at Michigan Stadium in the Big Chill at the Big House presented by Arby's. Freshman defenseman Jon Merrill (Brighton, Mich.) led the charge with two goals in the first period and senior co-captain Carl Hagelin (Sodertalje, Sweden) added two more markers, while senior goaltender Shawn Hunwick (Sterling Heights, Mich.) held strong in net with his first shutout of the season, stopping all 34 shots he faced.
Merrill set the fireworks ablaze at 12:04 of the opening period on his team-leading third power-play goal of the season. It took merely 12 seconds for the tic-tac-toe play to develop, as senior right wing Ben Winnett (New Westminster, B.C.) dug the puck from the left corner, moved it along the boards to senior defenseman Chad Langlais (Spokane, Wash.) on the point. Langlais then slid it across the blue line to Merrill, whose slap shot skipped off the ice and beat MSU goaltender Drew Palmisano glove side for the tally and the 1-0 advantage. It also proved to be his first career game-winning goal.
Just under three minutes following, Merrill struck again to up the ante to 2-0. The play began when Hagelin cleared a puck out of the U-M zone to senior alternate captain Matt Rust (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who led a two-on-two charge down the ice. As Rust deked toward the center, he drew both defenders with him while Merrill snuck to the back post, received the dish from Rust, and buried the puck into the nearly wide-open net.
Early in the second stanza at 2:24, a pair of matching minors brought about four-on-four action, but an additional penalty gave Michigan State a four-on-three opportunity for 51 seconds. Michigan held off the Spartans on that man advantage, as well as five others to hold perfect on the penalty kill for the game.
Michigan State nearly had its first marker with 11 minutes remaining in the second when a puck that was deflected high in the air went bouncing behind Hunwick and trickled toward the net. The referee immediately waved off the goal, and video review confirmed that the net had dislodged before the puck crossed the line.
At 12:12 of the middle period, Hagelin registered his fifth multi-point game of the season with a goal on Michigan's third power play of the night. Junior defenseman Brandon Burlon (Nobleton, Ontario) ripped a shot from between the circles that deflected off Rust's skate in front of the net. Hagelin scooped up the rebound and slipped one through the five hole of Palmisano for a three-goal cushion.
Hagelin and Rust hooked up a second time at 8:57 of the final frame on Michigan's third power-play goal of the evening. Much the way of U-M's first goal, an initial shot from Langlais came off Rust in front and Hagelin capitalized on the put-back attempt.
Two minutes later, a two-on-one found Burlon skating alongside junior left wing David Wohlberg (South Lyon, Mich.). Burlon's shot was initially blocked by Palmisano and sent into the air, but Wohlberg batted the puck out of midair and into the nylon to bolster the lead to 5-0.
The Maize and Blue will resume play on Wednesday, Dec. 29, as it takes on Michigan Tech in the opening round of the Great Lakes Invitational at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Mich. The game is slated for a 7:35 p.m. start.
Contact: Matt Trevor (734) 763-4423