Dec. 11, 2010
Big Chill at the Big House Notes
Saturday's attendance of 113,411 was tabbed as the largest crowd for an outdoor collegiate hockey game and a world outdoor record. The previous world outdoor record was 74,544 fans when Germany played the United States in the IIHF World Championship on May 7, 2010 at the Veletins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Today's attendance was also the largest ever for a sporting event at Michigan Stadium. The previous high was 113,090 for Michigan football against Connecticut on Sept. 4, 2010.
The Big Chill at the Big House marked the third time Michigan played in an outdoor game in program history. The Wolverines now hold a 1-1-1 record when playing outdoors. Today's game was the fifth outdoor game in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey history.
The Wolverines wore special adidas game jerseys, which incorporated an image of a wolverine on the front and stripes on the shoulders. It was modeled after the sweater worn by the 1945-46, 1946-47 and 1947-48 teams.
Today's game was played on Olympic size ice, 200' x 100', rather than a NHL rink, 200' x 85'.
Michigan's starters were Carl Hagelin, Matt Rust, Luke Glendening, Chad Langlais, Jon Merrill and Shawn Hunwick, while Michigan State started with Jake Chelios, Derek Grant, Brett Perlini, Torey Krug, Matt Grassi and Drew Palmisano.
Michigan improves to 137-121- 18 (.529) against Michigan State and 69-43-4 (.612) in Ann Arbor.
With the win, Michigan now has a four-game winning streak over the Spartans, winning nine of the last 12 meetings.
Carl Hagelin leads the current roster with 15 points in 16 career games against Michigan State, including three points today. Previously, Louie Caporusso led the team with 13 points in 16 career games vs. the Spartans.
Today's game was the 13th Michigan shutout against Michigan State and the first since Dec. 5, 2003 (2-0).
Michigan's defensemen registered six points (2g-4a). Jon Merill netted two goals, while Chad Langlais and Brandon Burlon each recorded two assists.
Five Wolverines had multi-point games. Carl Hagelin and Matt Rust notched three points, while Chad Langlais, Jon Merrill, Brandon Burlon had two points.
Michigan scored in quick succession twice during today's game, scoring 2:50 apart in the first period and 1:48 apart in the third period.
Today's game was the fifth time Michigan has scored five or more goals in a game this season.
Michigan moves to 3-2-1 this season when being outshot. Michigan State outshot the Wolverines 34-29.
Streaks and Peaks
Michigan was three-for-four on the power play. The last time Michigan scored three power-play goals in a game was Oct. 16, 2010 at New Hampshire, in a 3-3 tie.
Defenseman Jon Merrill scored on his first two shots. Today was his first multi-goal game and third multi-point game of his career. He leads the team in power-play goals (3) and power-play points (7). The last time a defenseman registered a multi-goal game was Feb. 20, 2009 at Ohio State, when Chad Langlais tallied two.
Both of Carl Hagelin's goals were scored on the power play. The last Wolverine to have multiple power-play goals in a game was Louie Caporusso on Nov. 15, 2008 at Western Michigan.
With three helpers today, Matt Rust matched a career high for assists in a game.
Goaltender Shawn Hunwick made 34 saves and registered his second career shutout. Tonight was his first win when registering 30 or more saves (previously 0-2-2).