ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The moment everyone was waiting for finally came during the third period, when fans at Michigan Stadium found out for certain they'd set a hockey attendance record.
Carl Hagelin, a Michigan forward, paused to savor the atmosphere.
"I think we all got goose bumps," Hagelin said. "It was just amazing to see all those people - probably the loudest environment I've ever been in."
Hagelin scored two goals in the Wolverines' 5-0 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, but the final score was only part of what made this a memorable experience. The crowd, which filled the outdoor stadium's expansive bowl, set a world attendance record for a hockey game.
Michigan announced the attendance at 113,411 during a brief stoppage in play in the third period, although Mike Janela of Guinness World Records said his organization hadn't determined its official count yet. Janela did verify that the attendance was more than enough for a world record.
The previous mark for a hockey game was 77,803 at this year's world championship in Germany.
"Ten years from now, I'm probably going to remember the most fun I've ever had on the ice," Michigan State's Torey Krug said. "Look at these 22-year-old men and they're like little kids."
The game - dubbed "The Big Chill at the Big House" - took place nine years after the same two teams played another outdoor game at Michigan State's football stadium. Since then, the idea has been copied at the college level and by the NHL.
The huge crowd made this edition unique. The school's announced attendance would make this the largest crowd to see any event at Michigan Stadium, surpassing the 113,090 for a football game earlier this year.
"I don't know where they found the new seats," cracked Michigan coach Red Berenson.