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Cornell vs. Michigan
College Hockey returns to Madison Square Garden featuring two of the nation’s top teams. For the first time in Garden history, the Big Red from Cornell will host the Michigan Wolverines. Don’t miss a rematch from last year’s NCAA tournament when the Big Red battles the Wolverines at the World’s Most Famous Arena.
With three wildly successful sold-out games at Madison Square Garden in 2007, 2009 and 2011, Cornell University's Meakem*Smith Director of Athletics and Physical Education Andy Noel announced today that the men’s hockey team will return to the “World’s Most Famous Arena” for “The Frozen Apple” against the University of Michigan on November 24, 2012. The non-conference NCAA Division I men's ice hockey match-up features perennial powers in a rematch of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal in March, which culminated with an overtime goal for the victorious Big Red.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to play another top-notch program in college hockey at such a great venue,” said Mike Schafer, the Jay R. Bloom ’77 Head Coach of Men’s Hockey at Cornell. “We’re very excited to play Michigan. Year after year, they’re a great program and always have a team in contention for a national championship.”
Both schools have proud college hockey traditions with significant ties to each other in both the immediate and distant past. The all-time series is tied, 3-3-1, with the last clash coming in an NCAA game on March 23, with Cornell winning 3-2 in overtime.
The programs first met on January 2, 1965, with Michigan skating away with a 7-1 victory at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, N.Y. Cornell won on the same date 23 years later, 6-3, in the Yale Hockey Classic at Ingalls Rink. The teams then met in 1991 in an NCAA East Regional first-round series at Michigan’s Yost Ice Arena. The Wolverines won the series, two games to one. The only other game between the programs was a 3-3 tie on January 7, 1997 at Yost during Schafer’s second season at the helm of the Big Red.
The University of Michigan has won the national championship nine times (1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1996 and 1998), which is more than any other program at the Division I level. Cornell has claimed the title twice (1967, 1970). The two schools have seen scores of former players forge careers in the National Hockey League, including the likes of Douglas Murray, Matt Moulson, Colin Greening, Ken Dryden and Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell), as well as Marty Turco, Mike Cammalleri and Mike Komisarek (Michigan).
Cornell participated in the three-year Red Hot Hockey series of games between the Big Red and Boston University in front of 18,200 passionate students, alumni, parents and fans on each occasion. The inaugural game, held on November 24, 2007, marked the first time a collegiate hockey game had sold out at Madison Square Garden, and featured the attendance of prominent alumni from both schools, including former NHL great and Cornell alum Joe Nieuwendyk. The schools' collective hockey-enthused fan bases produced another sell out on November 28, 2009 and again on November 26, 2011.
“We have seen the enthusiasm for college hockey at Madison Square Garden with the sold-out Red Hot Hockey games over the past few years, and to bring back the Big Red against the Michigan Wolverines is an enticing matchup for New York hockey fans,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “Once again, we look forward to showcasing college hockey at ‘The World’s Most Famous Arena’ this fall.”
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