U-M Blows Out MSU in Big Chill

The No. 12-ranked Michigan hockey team downed the Michigan State Spartans 5-0 in front of a world record crowd of 113,411 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium. Jon Merrill and Carl Hagelin scored two goals each for the Wolverines.

ANN ARBOR -- The No. 12-ranked Michigan hockey team downed the Michigan State Spartans 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Michigan Stadium in front of a world record crowd of 113,411 in the Big Chill at Michigan Stadium.

Freshman defenseman Jon Merrill scored two first period goals for the Wolverines, then senior captain Carl Hagelin added two more to pace Michigan on offense. Goalie Shawn Hunwick made 34 saves in net to record the shutout for the U-M.

"I thought our players really kept their focus. They knew we were playing a worthy opponent, a big rival, and you hate to play in an event like this and come up short," said Michigan coach Red Berenson. "It was one of those nights. We really got some bounces and some breaks, and the power play was definitely a factor in the game."

U-M was 3-for-4 on the power play while holding MSU 0-for-5 with the advantage.

In the first period U-M claimed a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals from Jon Merrill. On Michigan's first power play of the game Merrill one-timed a shot past Michigan State goalie Drew Palmisano into the near side of the net at 12:04. 2:50 later he made it 2-0 tapping home a 2-on-1 feed from Matt Rust.

"He's been a strong player right from the get-go. You've seen him play and watch him. We've all been impressed with his play with the puck and without it. Tonight was a showcase. When he got a chance, he scored the first two goals of the game. They were pretty important goals in a showcase like this."

Hagelin scored at 12:12 of the second period to give Michigan a 3-0 lead. Hagelin's first goal of the night, another power play marker, came on a feed from Matt Rust and Brandon Burlon. At 8:57 of the third he added another one to make it 4-0.

"Obviously we got three goals on the power play today. It was a great relief for us. Lately, we haven't been getting shots through. Tonight we had a one-timer and two off of rebounds. You aren't going to always have pretty goals, but it counts just the same as the good ones," said Hagelin.

David Wohlberg added a final Michigan goal in the closing minutes.

In the second period the Spartans looked to trim the lead to 2-1. Michigan State's goal, though, was waved off as the net was lifted off its pegs just seconds before MSU tapped the puck into the net.

The hockey team returns to action for the Great Lakes Invitational after Christmas.

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