MHNet Logo 200x190The first of two battles at Joe Louis Arena (edit: thanks, Steve) saw the CCHA’s top offense (Michigan) vs. the nation’s top defense (Michigan State).

The Spartans entered the game on a 23-game unbeaten streak, including three consecutive shutouts by sophomore goaltender Ryan Miller and an incredible six shutouts in their last seven games (yeah, he was kinda good).

Michigan was in a must-win situation if they wanted a shot at the CCHA regular season title. They entered the contest trailing the Spartans by five points.

Another classic back-and-forth battle ensued at the Joe, but in the end it was the Wolverines, led by sophomore sensations Andy Hilbert and Mike Cammalleri, who would not be denied on this night.

(Oh yeah, John Shouneyia kind of had, IMO, the goal of the year, too)