Very good analysis, goooo blue
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Watching the highlights I was very surprised by how the scoring played out for us. I could not see anything televised because of my location, but it was very strange to see an entire series of lucky bounces and soft goals.
In the preview I noted that there are two Summerhayes, he's either almost unbeatable or incredibly bad. This weekend he was terrible, getting beat to the glove, letting in bad angle shots and having awful positioning.
Our first goal is set up in transition after a nice stick from Treais keeps the puck in the zone. It's set up with Di Giuseppe in the middle, Treais trailing and Glendening going to the net. Good things happen when you get the puck on net.
This has been an issue for the Wolverines all season long, the transition game suffers because they just don't shoot, they try to make the extra pass and the window closes.
It should have been an easy save for Summerhays, but he lets it get by him. Michigan gets a lucky roll and the puck bounces off the inside part of the post and back into the crease.
Because of the position of the defenders in the previous frame they have taken themselves out of the play, and Glendening can punch in the rebound for our first goal.
Our game winning goal starts with Lynch and Rohrkemper fighting along the side boards. The Irish have left Bennett, Brown and Merrill on the left side of the ice by themselves.
I've watched replay over and over again, but I can not figure out how the puck gets out to Bennett. As you can see the Irish are scrambling to get back into position but Bennett has already made his decision on where he is going with the puck.
Bennett slings it across the ice to Brown, who does a great job of bringing the puck in on his backhand and getting his hips turned for the shot.
Notice how Summerhays is playing back in the crease, if he moves up a little bit he may be able to take the angle away from Browns wrister, but Brown sends it past the glove for the game winner.
We start here with Di Giuseppe fighting down the side boards for the loose puck, Michigan is changing lines which leaves him by himself.
Phil comes away with the puck and Wohlberg curls around. The defender is only in position to make a play on PDG, who hits David for the one timer.
Once again Summerhays is playing extremely far back in the crease, if he is challenging higher he may have a play on the puck but Wohlberg gets it past him with ease.
This was a great goal that opened up the game for the Wolverines, it took me a couple views to see what actually happened because of the angle.
Treais gets the puck in the corner boards after a nice keep in and just throws it at the net. Di Giuseppe gets a stick on the puck and deflects it right through the open legs of Summerhays.
This is a low confidence goal given up by the Irish, it should have been routine for the netminder to get his pad down but when things aren't going right you don't get the breaks.
Another soft goal and lucky bounce for the good guys, Guptill crosses the line and meets with two Notre Dame defenders.
The Irish do a good job of knocking the puck away from Big Gup, but unfortunately for them it goes right to a trailing David Wohlbeg.
It's not the closest shot or the best angle, but Summerhays takes a big whiff and is left staring at an empty glove while the Wolverines send the Seniors out with a win in their last game at Yost Ice Arena.
Very good analysis, goooo blue
seems like it was all over the irish this weekend, creating a lot of havoc around the net. It's great to have two solid lines creating quality scoring chances, especially when the Moffat-K Lynch-DeBlois line is capable of hanging with most other teams top lines. It makes it easier to create mismatches by the way you put your lines out there.
Also, Kevin Clare has had the most improvenment throughout the season that I've seen before.
It has a lot to do with being on the third pair. Clare just doesn't have the speed to be a first pair defensemen for Michigan and without Merrill in the lineup they were forced to play him higher than they would have liked.
He has really settled into his current spot, he matches up very well with the opponents 3rd and 4th lines.
calling Summerhayes "terrible" this weekend isn't particularly accurate. The PDG and Glendening goals probably should have been stopped, yes, but he had several incredible saves, too. If this weekend was Summerhayes playing terrible than it's a good thing he wasn't on this weekend, or I don't think Michigan ala 1996-1997 could have beaten him... with him behind a Notre Dame team of the same time frame.
He is about as streaky of a goalie as you will find, It's like opposite ends of the spectrum for him. He's either letting in softies or making saves like this.
Never noticed how far back he was playing. Still, I wouldn’t characterize his play as terrible for the weekend either. At least not for that first game, where I thought he had a pretty good night.
After watching the replay a couple times, I think Guptill actually did a drop pass.
But if you watch very closely on the slow motion replay you can see Guptill raise his stick around the 2:13-2:14 mark and the defender slaps it backwards.
Edit: Right here
for the great breakdowns.
for the great breakdowns.
Obviously Summerhayes shouldn't have let it slip by, but it also seems like #21 Bryan Rust (Matt Rust's younger brother) should have been there to help clean up the rebound, seems like he took his time getting back and could have helped tie up Glendening.
I have been much more of a casual hockey fan in the last few years (don't attend that often),so forgive me if this query is ignorant:
On Friday, one of the ND players got tangled up with Hunwick, as sometimes happens, and it looked to me as if he wrenched Hunwicks stick out of his hands and tossed it behind the goal. How often does that happen?
My companion was pretty fired up about it, but I assured him it wouldn't go unnoticed by the team and the fellow would probably enjoy payback later that night or next.
Hunwick gets run into all the time, getting his stick tossed not at much. It happened right in front of me and it definitely seemed intentional by the ND player.
I am not aware It is a penalty to move the stick like that if it is dropped by the player. I might be wrong but I always assumed that it was one of those unwritten rules that everyone frowned upon like the Avery Screen, shooting after the whistle, or slapping the goalie glove.
I'm pretty sure intentionally knocking a stick away from an opponent who is trying to get it, especially goalies, is interference. In this case it wasn't very blatant and wasn't moved very far so I'm mot surprised there was no call.
The correct call is interference for any player. It's explicitly addressed in the USA Hockey Rulebook Rule 625 (a) , and I can't imagine that the NCAA would change that when writing their rulebook. Depending on the severity of the situation, I would also have no problem assessing an unsportsmanlike conduct minor, and that would be justified within the rules as well.
Ed: CenterIce, you'll rarely see it called but two of those three are penalties. If the official is anywhere near the puck and it gets shot it's a misconduct (and an unsportsmanlike conduct no matter what [good luck ever getting that call] if it's let go after a whistle), and hacking at a goalies glove is slashing if he has possession, although that basically only gets called if it's a situation that looks like coincidental minors and the referee needs something to call. As for Avery, the only thing he has to do is refrain from making a racial/ethnic slur or touching Brodeur (and then quickly go into witness protection to avoid whoever the Devils had playing enforcer on that team).