The Big Chill at the Big House

The Big Chill at the Big House

123 Total
Michigan State 000 0
Michigan 212 5
Date December 11, 2010
Arena Michigan Stadium
City Ann Arbor, MI
Attendance 104,173 (certified), 113,411 (announced)[1][2]

The Big Chill at the Big House (a.k.a. Cold War II) was an outdoor college ice hockey game played on December 11, 2010, at Michigan Stadium at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Michigan Wolverines men's team defeated its rival, the Michigan State Spartans, 5–0. In a rematch of the Cold War outdoor game between the teams in 2001, the "Big Chill" set a record for hockey attendance with an official attendance of 104,173.

Previous Michigan outdoor games

The Wolverines had played two previous outdoor games in their history, both away from home.

Cold War

Main article: Cold War (ice hockey)

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5]


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.[6]


The University of Michigan added permanent lighting to Michigan Stadium in time for the event.[7] The University later announced that fireworks would be used when Michigan entered the ice during the game, as well as after every goal.[8] Following the national anthem, a flyover was conducted by a B-2 Stealth Bomber.[6]

The fireworks extravaganza following The Big Chill at The Big House

A seven-minute fireworks show followed the game, conducted in unison with various songs from the soundtrack for the movie The Big Chill.

Game Summary

Michigan wore a vintage jersey for the event, which was worn from 1945 to 1948.[9]

Michigan fired 29 shots on 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.[10]

Scoring summary

Period Team Goal Assist(s) Time Score
1st MICH Jon Merrill (4) (PP) Chad Langlais, Ben Winnett 12:04 1–0 MICH
MICH Jon Merrill (5) Matt Rust, Carl Hagelin 14:54 2–0 MICH
2nd MICH Carl Hagelin (8) (PP) Matt Rust, Brandon Burlon 12:12 3–0 MICH
3rd MICH Carl Hagelin (9) (PP) Matt Rust, Chad Langlais 8:57 4–0 MICH
MICH David Wohlberg (8) Brandon Burlon 10:45 5–0 MICH

Penalty summary

Period Team Player Penalty Time PIM
1st MICH 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
MICH Chris Brown Hitting After the Whistle 2:24 2:00
MICH Brandon Burlon High-sticking 3:33 2:00
MSU BENCH (served by Dean Chelios) Too Many Men 5:53 2:00
MICH 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
MICH Luke Glendening (served by Chris Brown) Grasping the Facemask 12:23 2:00
MICH Luke Glendening Roughing 12:23 2:00
MICH Carl Hagelin Slashing 19:16 2:00

Three star selections

Team rosters

Michigan State Spartans Michigan Wolverines
# Player[11] Position # Player[11] Position
4 United States Trevor Nil RW 3 United States Scooter Vaughn LW
5 United States Brock Shelgren D 6 Canada Brandon Burlon D
7 United States Tim Buttery D 7 United States Chad Langlais D
8 United States Chris Forfar C 8 United States Jacob Fallon C
9 Canada Daultan Leveille C 9 United States Luke Moffat RW
10 United States Dustin Gazely RW 10 United States Chris Brown RW
11 Canada Brett Perlini RW 11 United States Kevin Lynch LW
13 United States Mike Merrifield LW 12 Sweden Carl Hagelin LW
14 United States Zach Josepher D 13 United States Lee Moffie D
16 United States Dean Chelios LW 16 Canada Ben Winnett RW
17 United States Matt Crandell D 19 United States Matt Rust C
21 United States Anthony Hayes C 21 United States A.J. Treais C
22 Canada Lee Reimer LW 23 United States Luke Glendening RW
23 Canada Matt Grassi D 24 United States Jon Merrill D
27 Canada Derek Grant C 25 United States David Wohlberg LW
29 United States Drew Palmisano G 29 Canada Louie Caporusso C
37 United States Will Yanakeff1 G 30 United States Adam Janecyk1 G
42 United States Jake Chelios LW 31 United States Shawn Hunwick G
44 United States Torey Krug D 34 United States Tristan Llewellyn D
91 Canada Zach Golembiewski C 35 United States Bryan Hogan2 G
- - - - 37 United States Mac Bennett D
United States Head Coach: Rick Comley Canada 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.[12]
Michigan vs Michigan State playing at Michigan Stadium


See also

Media related to The Big Chill at the Big House at Wikimedia Commons


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