(Marc-Gregor Campredon) He was 'everywhere you want to be"
- FIRST: Michigan actually did a good job creating offense in the first period. They got 6-7 looks from the slot and lower circles. Matrin capitalized on a bad DZTO by Wisconsin and went top shelf to beat Berry for a 5v5 goal. Michigan totaled 21 even strength attempts.
- SECOND: This was a special teams period (7 penalties called in total). Michigan managed 10 even strength attempts...most of which came from beyond the circles. Three of their attempts came from inside the circles or near the crease. Again, though, this period is basically an incomplete, given how much time both teams were actually at even strength.
- THIRD: Back to the usual, haha. Michigan gets 11 attempts at the net in even strength. 4 come from the slot but nothing else is dangerous, at all. I'm more in to even strength attempts than just shots, but M was outshot 34-19, tonight. They had a 2-1 lead and just hung on in the defensive end. It worked out, tonight, but do that again and pucks will go in against you. They did add 2 EN goals at the end. To add to matters, Will Lockwood was cheap-shotted into the boards with no call. After staying down for a while, he skated straight to the locker room, holding his shoulder. It did not look good. We will see what happens with that.
- FIRST: Early on, Michigan gave up a flurry of activity in from of Lavigne. Thankfully, Wisconsin wasn't able to hit the open nets provided them. Wisconsin was able to create quite a few chances inside and dots and a couple in the slot. It was not as bad as it has been in the past few games, though. More than half of their attempts came from outside the circles. I have them registered with 20 even strength attempts that period.
- SECOND: So...the defense was good (!!) in the second period. Now, the Wolverines were killing 5 penalties, so...there were not many opportunities for the Badgers at even strength. But they only registered 8 attempts on net and all of those from the perimeter. Lots of PP attempts...but that's a different section!
- THIRD: The 3rd period reverted back to the usual. Wisconsin threw 28 even strength attempts at the net in the final frame. They came from the circles, from the slot from the point. It was an absolute barrage. And that's not counting the Special Teams shots. Many didn't get through or get on target...but the chances were there. Lavigne, some nice blocks, a little luck, and Michigan survives not giving up a goal during that firestorm.
- FIRST: Once again, Michigan converted on their first PP. After Piazza had trouble getting the puck out (and almost giving away a good opportunity), Slaker lead a 3v2 and Kile sniped a beautiful shot past Jack Berry. On the flip side, Michigan did a good job of not really letting Wisconsin get set up on their only PP of the first period. Big early wins for Michigan in areas of strength for Wisconsin. M: 1/1; W 0/1
- SECOND: Michigan has 2 power plays in the 2nd period. They score on neither but got the 1-3-1 going on their 2nd and created a few good looks. 0/2 in second. They did, however, begin a parade to the penalty box. Michigan took 5 penalties in the middle frame...one of them carrying over to the 3rd. Wisconsin converted on one of them...in the crazy no-call sequence that lead to a 4v2. When Wisconsin did get their power play set up (which they had a tough time doing), they did not get anything overly threatening. 1/5 in 2nd period.
- THIRD: Michigan had 2 power plats in the 3rd period but did not even register an attempt on goal. This is about right, considering Wisconsin's PK is at the top end of college hockey (#7 at 87%). Overall, Michigan went 1/4...both above their conversion rate and below Wisconsin's kill rate. The Wolverines also took and killed 2 more penalties in the 3rd. Wisconsin got a few decent looks but Lavigne was there each time. Wisconsin ended up going 1/7 on the night. Still too many penalties.
- FIRST: Hayden Lavigne was very strong early on, making mutiple great saves from Grade A chances. As the period went on, he was not as busy (yay!), but that inital steadying kept Michigan in the game for the first 5-8 minutes. The defense also had issues clearing the puck and put him in some perilous situations. Lavigne was also strong as the period ended, making another handful of stonings. Wisconsin also missed a couple open nets. Lavigne had 12 saves.
- SECOND: Lavigne had himself another fantastic period. He spent probably half of it on the PK and made save after save when called upon. The Wisconsin goal was a 4v2 rush after a no-call at the other end. Lavigne actually made the original save. He's been in great position all night and seems to have seen the puck as well as you could expect...especially considering he's been down a man. Lavigne had 7 saves in the 2nd.
- THIRD: Hayden Lavigne might have had his best game as a Wolverine. He made save after save as the game dwindled down and got Michigan to a point where they could hit an empty net a couple times. He had 34 saves and many of them under duress with the game on the line.
ODD MAN RUSHES
- FIRST: Michigan surrended 0 OMRs in the first period.
- SECOND: Michigan gives up ONE 4v2 after a PK rush that Lockwood is taken down but no call. Wisconsin scores on a rebound after great passing and an initial save by Lavigne. I'm not sure that I'm mad about that one.
- THIRD: Kunin had a breakaway and missed the net after Lavigne came out to challenge him. That was all.
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had: Wisconsin 56, Michigan 40 (FWIW, M was leading after 2 periods)
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Wisconsin 57, Michigan 38
(Marc-Gregor Campredon) Dexter's face says it all
- The offense generated 2 goals, tonight, without the help of the PP. Piazza tapped in a rebound in front of the net for Michigan's third goal -at the end of an OMR. Cutler Martin led a 2v1 and the defender took the pass, so Martin fired a shot past Berry to bring Michigan within 2, halfway through the 3rd.
- Michigan actually created some offensive chances, tonight. They got inside the circles and slot quite a few times. They did not always convert, but there were actually more opportunities than I thought, watching live. I had Michigan with 39 attempts, but 32 of those came in the last 2 periods. The flip side of this is that Wisconsin gives up 3.5 goals a game. So, its not exactly a lock-down defense. They are good on the PK, but not so much 5v5. Michigan took advantage to a degree, but against a defense struggling like that, I would have hoped for a bit more.
- Michigan really has 2-3 guys that would be considered Top 6 forwards, and a couple of them are freshmen. Its just tough going when you're trying to generate chances with guys that have mostly played on 3rd or 4th lines.
- Its just not good at all. They struggle getting the puck out of the zone. They turn it over in the neutral zone. They don't keep guys out of the crease. They blow assignments, leaving guys wide open.
- As I look through the shot charts, Michigan's defensive zone is litered with chances. Just in the 2nd period alone, Wisconsin had 5 shots from the lower slot/crease area and 4 of them went in. Like...I don't know what to say with that. The circles are filled with attempts. Wisconsin had the puck all over the attacking zone.
- Yost is not a fun place to be these days.
- I'm starting with the Penalty Kill. They still take too many penalties. Wisconsin had 2 PP goals -and they're very good on the Power Play. They came in scoring at 23%. When you struggle on offense like Michigan does, you just cannot give away man advantages. Alex Kile got a 5 min major/game misconduct for checking from behind. Michigan's captain. Wisconsin actually did not score on that...but that's just unacceptable if you even want to give yourself a chance. In the end, Wisconsin finished 2 of 7.
- Michigan actually scored on their first 2 Power Play chances. They have a respectable scoring rate at 20% and added to it, tonight. Neither were lucky bounces or fluke goals. They got the 1-3-1 set up and great passing between Lockwood, Allen and Piazza netted the first. Luke Martin also tallied his first career goal from the left wing...a result of nice passing, as well. Michigan finished 2 of 5.
- Its very difficult for me to say anything negative about Hayden Lavigne in this game. He played very well, despite Wisconsin scoring 6 goals against him. He may have been able to make a world-class save one goal but...woof. He was put in some perilous positions.
- Wisconsin's...5th? 6th? goal was a wrap around that Lavigne was beaten soundly on. Ok, that was on him.
- Nagelvoort came in for the 3rd and faced a lot of time on the PK. He looked great as Michigan goalies tend to do, these days. The Badgers also hit the post 3 times on him, FWIW.
- The defense is and has been a nightmare. Playing behind them is not a receipe for success. Not even close.
ODD MAN RUSHES
- So, I had 0 in the first period. There was a couple of rushes that were close but...eh, not really.
- Wisconsin scored on b2b OMRs in the 2nd. One of these was on 2 very favorable bounces, including Lavigne saving the puck into Piazza who deflected it past Lavigne. Ugh.
- Trying to keep up with a lot of what was going on, I may have missed a few more OMRs after those initial few. Also, as Wisconsin dumped 5 goals in the 2nd, I may not have been trying to keep as close an eye on them. The bottom line is that this team turns over the puck -in all areas of the ice- at an alarming rate...when they are lucky enough to catch hold of it.
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had Wisconsin 52, Michigan 39
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Wisconsin 45, Michigan 39
I am a member of the Dekers Club. I would like to announce that we are putting on a Michigan Hockey Alumni vs. Detroit Red Wings Alumni hockey game on January 7 at 7:30pm. We are putting on this game to raise funds to benefit Scott Matzka and his battle with ALS. For those who don't know who Scott Matzka is, here is a short bio about him. To buy tickets go to mgoblue.com/tickets.
Matzka was a four-year letterwinner at U-M (1998-2001) and was a member of the Wolverines 1998 NCAA National Championship team. During his Michigan career he racked up 91 points (35-56) in 166 games. He proceeded to have a successful 11-year professional career in North American and European leagues.
The Michigan alumni roster will be made up primarily of Scott’s former teammates: (as of 12/9/16) Gregg Malicke ('98); Sean Ritchlin ('99), Dale Rominski ('99); Andrew Merrick ('00), Sean Peach ('00); Bob Gassoff ('01), David Huntzicker ('01), Robbie Kohen ('01), Josh Langfeld ('01), L.J. Scarpace ('01), Bill Trainor ('01); Kevin O'Malley ('02), Jay Vancik ('02), Andy Hilbert ('03), Mark Mink ('03), Jed Ortmeyer ('03), Mike Roemenski ('03), John Shouneyia ('03), J.J. Swistak ('03).
The Detroit Red Wings alumni roster includes the following players: (as of 12/9/16) George Bowman, Brent Fedyk (470 NHL games), Jiri Fischer (305), Mike Knuble (1,068), Joe Kocur (820), Petr Klima (786), Eddie Mio (192), John Ogrodnick (928), Pat Peake (134), Brian Rolston (1,256), Tim Taylor (746).
A Port Huron, Mich. native, Matzka is a 38-year old father of two who was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2015. After a referral to the University of Michigan and further tests, doctors diagnosed Scott with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a rapidly progressive, invariably fatal neurological disease that attacks the nerve (neurons) responsible for controlling voluntary muscles. Unable to function, the muscles gradually weaken and waste away (atrophy). Eventually, the ability of the brain to start and control voluntary movement is lost. Most people with ALS die due to respiratory failure, typically within three to five years from the onset of symptoms. The cause of ALS is unknown and there is no cure.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to Scott Matzka.
For more information about Scott Matzka, please visit www.ScottMatzka.com.
Very sad news, our sympathies and condolences to Ken and his family
UNLV has been approved to come up to Division 1 next season. Arizona State has been not particularly competitive thus far, but things do seem to be happening to try and make hockey a thing here in Vegas.
Now told this is club, but perhaps could lead to NCAA down the line, as it did for ASU.