Let's talk about some not-football everyone.
#1 Minnesota topped #4 Notre Dame tonight 5-4 (of note were a few really dirty plays by the Gophers including a 5 min major for an intentional knee-to-knee hit)
#3 St Cloud beat #7 Miami 2-1
Since that means both of those series split, we'll probably see a bit of a shake-up in the rankings Monday. I'll bet we see #1 Minnesota, #2 Notre Dame, and #3 Michigan with Michigan getting a small amount of first place votes (maybe)
Also of note, things that are good for our RPI at this point:
State was swept by Tech
OSU swept Niagara
UNH got a sweep of UMass
and RIT managed a split
Hockey. Yes. Not football
COLLEGE HOCKEY WATCH
As many of us know now, Michigan is ranked #2 and is not playing this weekend. However,
#4 Notre Dame beat #1 Minnesota, 4-1
#7 Miami beat #3 St Cloud St, 2-0
Will be interesting to see what happens in the rankings next week as Michigan may start seeing first place votes. I would be shocked if we slid up to #1 as a ND-Minn split likely sees Minnesota stay at the top and a ND sweep likely sees them leap up to #1 but it's on the radar as of now.
Also, Tech, BC, and UNH won tonight which will be helpful for us down the road as far as SOS and RPI go.
So in hockey coaching news that isn't wild speculation, John Madden (former U-M hockey player, not the NFL coach/video game) will now be an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers after that team cleaned house with a poor start. I thought they always had slow starts (and middles, and finishes) but according to the article from the WWL they won the division last year. Good to see him succeed as a player for so long and hopefully his coaching future is bright.
Michigan Hockey Coaching Horizon - Possible Scenario
1. Red retires at year end, not so surprising
2. Mike Babcock (YTMB) takes over. His son is in juniors and MB would like to coach him. MB has done about all that can be done in the pros and the Michigan job would be fun.
3. GR Griffins coach to the Wings.
Maybe not so far-fetched.
Freshman goaltender Zach Nagelvoort has been the B1G Second Star of the Week. This is his second straight B1G Three Stars of the Week selection.
Nagelvoort had 56 saves and posted .949 save percentage.
He is ranked second in the NCAA in GAA at 1.47, and third in save percentage at .948
In every edition of the B1G Three Stars of the Week awarded so far, Michigan has at least one player in each one-
- 10/15 - Andrew Copp (First Star)
- 10/22- Tyler Motte (Second Star)
- 10/29- Zach Nagelvoort (Third Star)
- 11/5- Zach Nagelvoort (Second Star)
Michigan moved to #2 in both polls this week. They have a bye this week and will travel to omaha to play nebraska-omaha in a weekend series. The friday game will be on CBS Sports Network while the Saturday game can be heard on MGoBlueTV.
Look, I'm not naive. This is a Michigan blog in the middle of football season, and I understand that the vast majority of you are here to read about football. That's ok, I come here for that too. Having said that, I'm guessing most of us feel a lot like this .gif (which Ace posted on Twitter Sunday night). Most of us probably have visions of the interior offensive line standing by, stationary, like cops by the side of the freeway (Hey, that guy's going by us way too fast. He's gonna cause an accid...see? See, that's what I was saying).
Forget about all that for a minute and get lost in the glorious charts of a Michigan team ranked #2 in the latest USCHO poll. That's right, there's a Michigan team that's climbing up the polls! If they continue playing the way that they have (read: willing to battle for puck possession, realtively intelligent passing, good forechecking) then there are going to be a lot of people who find a more enjoyable way to spend their Saturday nights once football season is over.
Friday, October 25 vs. Boston University (W, 2-1)
Saturday, October 26 vs. UMass Lowell (L, 1-2)
Friday, November 1 vs. Michigan Tech (W, 3-2 OT)
I am Mario and MGoBlueTV is the castle. Someday I shall breach those daunting castle walls, but last Friday was not that day. In other words, no charts.
Saturday, November 2 vs. Michigan Tech (W, 2-1)
- Winning the Corsi battle correlates with winning in the three games charted. It does not, however, correlate with scoring margin. The caveat is the small sample size, which is why I'm charting everything I possible can; we'll see how this plays out over the season.
- Michigan has only won once (against Boston College) when they have had a worse possession percentage than their opponent in the first period. Maybe there's something to be said for starting strong.
- Michigan has looked flat in the third period too often this year. It cost them against UMass Lowell and it could have cost them against Michigan Tech on Saturday. This "flatness" is reflected in the possession numbers above.
- I'm collecting power play data too, but my plan is to publish that around the midseason point in a longer post.