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Liles' Third Diary Entry to Outdoor Hockey Game

Michigan State junior defenseman John-Michael Liles shares some of his thoughts on the days leading up to the Michigan State-Michigan match-up at Spartan Stadium. With three days to go, Liles and the Spartan hockey team are looking forward to skating on the outdoor ice surface.

October 3, 2001

I didn't have a chance to go over to the stadium today. I think you get a little more excited realizing and anticipating the game each day because it's right around the corner. I don't think our thoughts have changed. It's still a game on Saturday. We are going through all the normal game preparations this week. We've been working hard in practice. I think everyone's mindsets are in the right place right now.

I'm looking forward to skating on the rink tomorrow. It's going to be fun - we're skating at Munn Ice Arena at 3:00 p.m. and then going over to the stadium tomorrow night. It will be a good atmosphere. It will be like skating on the ponds when we were younger, skating outside under the lights.

It was another strong practice today. Guys are moving well and calling for the puck. This week has been typical game-preparation practices. I think we're heading in the right direction towards this weekend and the start of the season.



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