Michigan Hockey Heads Outdoors For Hockey City Classic

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(ISN) – (ISN) – ANN ARBOR, Mich. — No. 14 Michigan (15-8-0, 7-2-0 Big Ten) gets a rematch against Michigan State (10-11-2, 4-3-2-0 Big Ten) this weekend as the two teams will take their rivalry outdoors for the fourth time in the modern erawhen they take the ice on Saturday at Soldier Field for the 2015 Hockey City Classic against the Spartans.

Michigan will play in its seventh outdoor game overall (dating back to the Oct. 6, 2001 “Cold War” game at Michigan State) Michigan is 2-3-1 in outdoor games, with a 1-1-1 record against Michigan State outdoors. Michigan has played the most outdoor games of any team in college hockey.

Michigan’s Outdoor Game History – Oct. 6, 2001: The first outdoor collegiate hockey game in the modern era took place when MSU hosted the “Cold War” at Spartan Stadium in front of a then-world-record crowd of 74,544. That game ended in a 3-3 tie.

Feb. 6, 2010: Michigan’s next outdoor game came against Wisconsin in the Camp Randall Hockey Classic. The Wolverines fell to the Badgers, 3-2, in front of 55,031 fans at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

Dec. 11, 2010: In front of a world record crowd for an ice hockey game (104,173), Michigan defeats Michigan State, 5-0, in the Big Chill at the Big House at Michigan Stadium. Michigan announced attendance at 113,411.

Jan. 15, 2012: Michigan defeats Ohio State, 4-1 in front of 25,864 fans at the Frozen Diamond Faceoff , the first hockey game in Progressive Field history and the first outdoor college hockey game in the state of Ohio.

Dec. 27, 2013: The 2013 Great Lakes Invitational is held at Comerica Park in Detroit as part of the Hockeytown Winter Festival. Michigan falls to Michigan State, 3-2 in overtime in front of 25,449 fans at the home of the Detroit Tigers.

Dec. 28, 2013: – In the consolation game of the 2013 Great Lakes Invitational at Comerica Park, the Wolverines met the Spartans again in an outdoor contest. Michigan State won the game, 3-0, in front of 26,052 fans.

– Dylan Larkin scored a power-play goal in the opening period, but Michigan State’s Matt DeBlouw broke a 1-1 tie on a deflection at 1:58 of the third period, and Michigan fell, 2-1, to Michigan State last Friday (Jan. 30) in front of a sold-out crowd at Joe Louis Arena. Michigan State snapped the Wolverines’ seven-game winning streak (dating back to Dec. 13), the longest active winning streak in the nation. Michigan had a late power-play chance in the third period trailing 2-1, as Mackenzie MacEachern was called for hooking at 16:37 of the final frame. However, the Wolverines managed just two shots on goal on the man advantage and could not solve Michigan State goaltender Jake Hildebrand (29 saves) in the final minute of play with the extra attacker on. Michigan finished the night 1-for-3 on the advantage while holding the Spartans scoreless on one power-play chance. Goaltender Zach Nagelvoort made 26 saves in net in his second consecutive start for the Wolverines.

– Three Michigan players have point streaks of three games or more, led by Zach Hyman (eight games, 9G, 10A) and Dylan Larkin (eight games, 8G, 10A). Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves has points in three straight games (5A).

– Over the last 11 games, Michigan’s power play has been on a roll, as the Wolverines lead the nation since Nov. 29 with a 42.1-percent (16-for-38) conversion rate on the man advantage. Michigan finished the night 1-for-3 on the man advantage and has scored a power-play goal in nine of the last 11 games.

– Dylan Larkin scored a power-play goal tonight and leads all Big Ten freshmen with 30 points (10G, 20A) on the season. Larkin is in the midst of an eight-game point streak (8G, 10A). He is No. 2 in the nation in freshman scoring and No. 7 in overall scoring with an average of 1.43 points/game. Larkin’s points-per-game average is No. 2 in the last 60 years among Michigan freshmen, behind only Bruno Baseotto (2.0 points/game in 1979-80)

– Zach Hyman led the nation with 2.67 points/game during the month of January and finished the month fifth nationally with 16 points (7G, 9A) overall despite U-M only having six games. Hyman carried a seven-game goal-scoring streak through Jan. 30, the longest by a Michigan student-athlete since Brendan Morrison had an eight-game goal-scoring streak during the 1995-96 season. Hyman recorded a point in every game during January, extending the point-scoring streak to eight games (9G, 10A) on Jan. 30 against Michigan State. Hyman leads the Big Ten with 36 points (16G, 20A) in 23 games this season. Hyman’s current scoring pace (1.57 points/game) is greater than Kevin Porter’s (1.47 points/game) during his Hobey Baker Award winning campaign in 2007-08.