The Spartans were a part of a record crowd at Michigan Stadium for the event dubbed "The Big Chill." The outcome was not favorable for MSU. The Wolverines won the game 5-0 and secured 3 points in the CCHA. The Spartans battled all game, but just couldn't get very many quality scoring opportunities. They did have a goal waived off in the second period that appeared to go in before the net was off. This would have made the game 2-1 at that point and maybe it would have been a closer outcome if the goal would have counted.
The Spartans will have some time off for the holidays and then will be right back into it with the GLI. They will need to come out firing with a tough schedule looming and not very many home games. Michigan State will possibly see Michigan in the finals of the GLI and then have a home and home series with them on January 7th and 8th. They head to Lake Superior the following weekend and then host Miami the weekend after that.
Michigan State has played well defensively the last two games. They will need to get the offense going against a tough Michigan team. The Wolverines are 10-5-4 on the season and split a pair of games with Ohio State last weekend. They lost a heartbreaker in overtime on Friday night. They are currently ranked #12 in both major polls. The Spartans did well last season against Michigan in the regular season, but were ousted by them in the CCHA playoffs. Louie Caprousso and Carl Hagelin lead the team in points with 16. The Big Chill will set a world record and should be an exciting hockey game. I wouldn't be surprised to see a tie game like what happened in 2001.