- The Big Chill at the Big House
The Big Chill at the Big House
1 2 3 Total Michigan State 0 0 0 0 Michigan 2 1 2 5 Date December 11, 2010 Arena Michigan Stadium City Ann Arbor, MI Attendance 113,411 (announced), 104,173 (certified)
The Big Chill at the Big House was an outdoor college ice hockey game played on December 11, 2010 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The game, which pitted Michigan with long-time rival Michigan State University, was held at Michigan Stadium (also known as "The Big House"), which normally hosts the Michigan football team and has an official capacity of 109,901. In a rematch of the Cold War outdoor game of 2001, the 'Big Chill' set a world hockey record with an announced attendance of 113,411, surpassing the previous hockey record of 77,803 fans from the 2010 IIHF World Championship's opening game at Veltins-Arena in Germany by over 35,000 people. Guinness World Records, counting tickets scanned rather than sold, announced the official attendance as 104,173.
With over 100,000 tickets sold when Michigan stopped sales to the general public on May 6, 2010, the rematch broke the past record of 77,803, set in the opening game of the 2010 IIHF World Championship at Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. "The Big Chill" was confirmed by the Michigan Daily on March 5, 2009, but the two schools did not officially announce the game until January 28, 2010.
The rink was centered in the stadium's playing field so that the red line (center ice) was directly on top of the 50-yard line.
Previous Michigan outdoor games
The Wolverines have played two previous outdoor games in their history, both away from home.
The Cold War was held on Saturday, October 6, 2001 between Michigan and Michigan State, held at Michigan State's football venue of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, which resulted in a 3–3 tie in front of a crowd of 74,544. The match was so successful, it led to the creation of the Heritage Classic, the Winter Classic, and numerous outdoor college hockey games.
Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic
On February 6, 2010, Michigan played another hockey rival, the University of Wisconsin, at the Badgers' football home of Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. In an event billed as the Culver's Camp Randall Hockey Classic, Wisconsin won, 3–2, in front of 55,301 fans. Game time temperature was 21 degrees F.
The game was broadcast locally by Fox Sports Detroit and nationally by the Big Ten Network, as well as in Ontario via Leafs TV. The game was available on the internet via Fox Sports Detroit's website, and in Alaska via KFXF.
The University of Michigan spared no expense to make the event as memorable as possible. The University added permanent lighting to Michigan Stadium in time for the event, as lights would be needed due to the time of day during which the game would be played. The University later announced that fireworks would be used when Michigan entered the ice during the game, as well as after every goal. Following the national anthem, a flyover was conducted by a B-2 Stealth Bomber.
Postgame Fireworks Show
After the game ended, a 7 minute fireworks show commenced. Fireworks were shot off from all around the rink on the field, as well as from the roof of the new luxury and press boxes on either side of the field. The fireworks show was conducted in unison with various songs from the soundtrack for the movie The Big Chill.
Michigan fired 29 shots of Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano, while Michigan State fired 34 shots on Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, who recorded his first shutout of the season and the second of his career.
Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score 1st MIC Jon Merrill (4) (PP) Chad Langlais, Ben Winnett 12:04 1–0 MIC MIC Jon Merrill (5) Matt Rust, Carl Hagelin 14:54 2–0 MIC 2nd MIC Carl Hagelin (8) (PP) Matt Rust, Brandon Burlon 12:12 3–0 MIC 3rd MIC Carl Hagelin (9) (PP) Matt Rust, Chad Langlais 8:57 4–0 MIC MIC David Wohlberg (8) Brandon Burlon 10:45 5–0 MIC
Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM 1st MIC Kevin Lynch Charging 2:20 2:00 MSU Dustin Gazley Interference 11:48 2:00 2nd MSU Zach Josepher Hitting After the Whistle 2:24 2:00 MIC Chris Brown Hitting After the Whistle 2:24 2:00 MIC Brandon Burlon High-sticking 3:33 2:00 MSU BENCH (served by Dean Chelios) Too Many Men 5:53 2:00 MIC Matt Rust Holding the Stick 7:48 2:00 MSU Tim Buttery Interference 10:30 2:00 3rd MSU Jake Chelios Roughing 7:48 2:00 MSU Matt Crandell Roughing 12:23 2:00 MIC Luke Glendening (served by Chris Brown) Grasping the Facemask 12:23 2:00 MIC Luke Glendening Roughing 12:23 2:00 MIC Carl Hagelin Slashing 19:16 2:00
Three star selections
- 1st: Jon Merrill
- 2nd: Carl Hagelin
- 3rd: Matt Rust
Michigan State Spartans Michigan Wolverines # Player Position # Player Position 4 Trevor Nil RW 3 Scooter Vaughn LW 5 Brock Shelgren D 6 Brandon Burlon D 7 Tim Buttery D 7 Chad Langlais D 8 Chris Forfar C 8 Jacob Fallon C 9 Daultan Leveille C 9 Luke Moffat RW 10 Dustin Gazely RW 10 Chris Brown RW 11 Brett Perlini RW 11 Kevin Lynch LW 13 Mike Merrifield LW 12 Carl Hagelin LW 14 Zach Josepher D 13 Lee Moffie D 16 Dean Chelios LW 16 Ben Winnett RW 17 Matt Crandell D 19 Matt Rust C 21 Anthony Hayes C 21 A.J. Treais C 22 Lee Reimer LW 23 Luke Glendening RW 23 Matt Grassi D 24 Jon Merrill D 27 Derek Grant C 25 David Wohlberg LW 29 Drew Palmisano G 29 Louie Caporusso C 37 Will Yanakeff1 G 30 Adam Janecyk1 G 42 Jake Chelios LW 31 Shawn Hunwick G 44 Torey Krug D 34 Tristan Llewellyn D 91 Zach Golembiewski C 35 Bryan Hogan2 G - - - - 37 Mac Bennett D Head Coach: Rick Comley Head Coach: Red Berenson
- 1 Yanakeff and Janecyk served as reserve goaltenders and did not see playing time.
- 2 Hogan was originally the starter for Michigan, but suffered a groin injury that held him out of the game.
- List of outdoor ice hockey games
- List of ice hockey games with highest attendance
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