Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #35: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #35: Michigan 6, Wisconsin 5

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 2nd, 2018 at 11:17 PM

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Oh, what a night…for Tony Calderone and his FOUR tallies [JD Scott]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

6 2 19%

Second Period

10 8 43%

Third Period

12 6 29%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

28 16 29%

Analysis: This is by far the worst even-strength performance of the year. A lot can probably be attributed to the defense, but Michigan just could not keep the puck at all. They did generate some good looks when they could get it; Hayton did not come close to stealing this game. A bit of a spoiler, but if not for Michigan’s power play, they get absolutely run out of their own rink. Hughes did create some nice looks and Calderone was able to finish a garbage goal (his fourth!) midway through the third period, and Michigan hung on after that.

[Insanity ensues after THE JUMP]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #33: Michigan 5, Arizona State 3

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #33: Michigan 5, Arizona State 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 23rd, 2018 at 10:41 PM

There was just enough of this tonight [James Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

21 12 54%

Second Period

19 10 70%

Third Period

14 6 56%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

54 28 59%

Analysis: This was a similar output to the Notre Dame series, where Michigan jumped on ASU early and controlled most of the game until they got sloppy in the third period and took too many penalties. Just like their game last season, Michigan kept the puck and shot from everywhere on the ice.

They got deep in the House area early and finished three times in the first fifteen minutes. Sanchez scored off of a great pass from Marody that slid across the top of the crease. He also poked in a rebound a few minutes later to give Michigan the 2-1 lead. Michael Pastujov scored his fourth of the season on a rebound late in the first. Michigan tacked on a fourth in the second period after Warren circled the net and found Cecconi for a snipe from inside the dot. Michigan needed every bit of this…as we will get to the next couple of sections.

[After THE JUMP: unspecial teams]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #16: Michigan State 5, Michigan 0

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #16: Michigan State 5, Michigan 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on December 8th, 2017 at 10:07 PM

Yeah, I’ll take one of those! (Bryan Fuller)

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

23 10 64%

Second Period

14 4 54%

Third Period

18 10 51%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

55 24 57%

 

· Analysis: So, this was similar to and actually better than last night, but the pucks didn’t go into the net. It’s also more complicated than that. Michigan’s problem is that they have basically 1.5 scoring lines. Last night, Calderone netted a hat trick. Tonight, the DMC line didn’t score and neither did Michigan. Remember the CCM line? They had an additional 1.5 competent lines behind them. That is not the case this year. Michigan’s offense will seemingly go as their top line does. Also, MSU’s defense did a nice job of generally keeping Michigan from really great scoring chances all around.

[After THE JUMP: stats and discussion of defense, special teams, goaltending, and odd-man rushes. Also, a picture of a self-inflicted wedgie]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #13: Ohio State 3, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #13: Ohio State 3, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 24th, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Therefore art thou, Romeo. Always in good position. (James Coller)

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

23 7 53%

Second Period

16 6 43%

Third Period

18 4 41%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

57 17 46%

Analysis: Michigan did tally a number of attempts on net tonight. They did not, however, get many looks form the house. I’ve found over the last couple years of tracking a number of these stats that the average percentage of attempts from the house is near 40%. Michigan was at 30% tonight. Ohio State has the best defense I’ve seen Michigan play this year, and the numbers seem to back that up. Michigan’s goals came on a nice bounce on a shot from the point that evaded multiple skaters and jumped through Sean Romeo and a tap-in just outside the crease after some nifty passing with their goalie pulled. The few chances that they did create were met by Romeo, who played quite the game when called upon. OSU’s defense was the difference in this game.

[Hit THE JUMP for more]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #12: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 4 (SOW)

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #12: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 4 (SOW)

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 19th, 2017 at 1:15 AM

Hey Coop, wanna stick around for a fourth year, too? (Patrick Barron)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

17 7 55%

Second Period

17 4 52%

Third Period

31 11 67%

Overtime

4 1 33%

TOTAL

69 23 57%

Analysis: Michigan has definitely improved their offense this season. Tonight was further evidence of that. There was a spell in the second period where Michigan couldn’t stay out of the penalty box, but aside from that, they pretty much controlled the even-strength play. They created chances all over the ice and scored all four goals at even strength. Cooper Marody has really blossomed to the point that there are whispers in my hockey circle that he might be too good for the collegiate ranks. Tony Calderone has built upon his last couple of years by continuing to snipe and pour in goals. The offense is still only two lines deep, but that top line is starting to turn some heads. No comparisons yet, though, please.

[After THE JUMP: new shot-generating capabilites were present, but so were some bad old habits]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #7: Michigan 7, Ferris State 2

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #7: Michigan 7, Ferris State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 2nd, 2017 at 10:51 PM

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A strong third period breaks it open (Bill Rapai)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

22 9 54%

Second Period

16 8 47%

Third Period

20 13 61%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

58 30 54%

Analysis: Michigan turned in some nice offensive numbers, tonight, including getting over half of their attempts from the House. This probably speaks more to Ferris State than to Michigan, though. Michigan did create a ton, but Ferris did not look very talented or capable of threatening Michigan’s offense at all. The Wolverines took advantage of who they played and cut the Bulldog defense wide open. Looking at the numbers coming into the game, however, that’s what a good offense needed to do. Check.

[Defense, special teams, and goaltending after THE JUMP]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #5: Penn State 5, Michigan 4 (OT)

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #5: Penn State 5, Michigan 4 (OT)

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 28th, 2017 at 1:24 AM

Jack was nimble and was quick, just could not jump over the final…candlestick? (James Coller)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

22 7 48%

Second Period

16 6 43%

Third Period

25 11 45%

Overtime

0 0 0% (unlikely)

TOTAL

63 24 45%

Analysis: So, watching this…it felt a lot worse. This is results-based charting, however, and this is a very big improvement. I tweeted than Michigan had games of 49 and 39 in Happy Valley last year. Getting 63 attempts with almost 40% of those coming from the House is good, especially against a puck-dominant team. I think Michigan can do fine with numbers like this (the possession isn’t great, though). Penn State has a leaky defense and an inconsistent goalie. Michigan definitely took advantage of both of those things and scored enough to give them a good enough chance to win this game. Marody had a nice snipe, Dancs took his chance well, and others had great opportunities to score. Peyton Jones played well in net for Penn State at times, and at others he was awful. All in all, if you gave me these numbers before the game, I would have taken them happily.

[After THE JUMP: defense, special teams, and odd-man rushes]

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #35: Penn State 4, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #35: Penn State 4, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 16th, 2017 at 10:47 PM

(James Coller)  Thank you, Red

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan produced a 12(5) in the first period.  That's...ok-ish.  Its not great, but at least they are getting a couple good looks.  They have not gone in, though...something that happened last weekend.  Also, given their defensive play in the first period (spoiler alert), they're definitely going to need to create A LOT more offense.  They cannot get into an end-to-end game with Penn State, but if this keeps up, they're going to have to try.  Then, it could get really ugly.
     
  • SECOND: So, this could be Fool's Gold, similar to the third period of the second Minnesota game from two weekends ago...but Michigan had an 18(10).  That's not good...its great.  I will take that in any/every period.  Penn State was up 4-0 very early in the second, though.  Michigan almost had a couple of even strength goals.  One was overturned as Kile took a Winborg-induced rebound and lifted it over Jones, but on review, it was determined a Michigan skater was about 5 inches offside.  The second was a tremendous strip from Kile who quickly hit Shuart in the low slot but he could not get a shot off.  If both of those go in, its 4-3 and the period corsi makes sense.  
     
  • THIRD: Michigan turned up the heat to start the third period.  Jones almost gave away a goal by miscovering the puck, but Marody hit the post.  Later, Dancs walked into the slot and Jones made a great save to deflect his shot high.  Michigan really needed those to go in to change the game and make PSU extend themselves  to open up their defense.  Alas, they did not go in and PSU could be content to repulse attack after attack.  We talked last week about Michigan needing to limit PSU's quality looks and then convert on their own few quality chances.  After the first period (and giving up too many good look goals), Michigan was forced to have to score on every one of their golden chances and they did not.  That is hockey (and sports).  They are high percentage chances, not guarnateed chances.  When those don't go in for a team that does not get a lot of them, it is borderline impossible to win.  When you have to be perfect in all aspects of the game...and you are not...you're just not the better team.  That is what happened tonight.  Michigan had a 23(6) in the third.

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: The defense was bad.  Two of the three goals resulted from terrible defensive play.  The second goal was a nice rush from PSU but two M defenders covered the same guy and the winger got a great centering pass through the low slot and Sucese was right at the back post to tap it into the net.  Also, just as the period was closing, M had a awful DZTO at their blue line that enabled PSU to rush in on a 2v1 and Goodwin placed a shot neatly below Nagelvoort's blocker.  Nagelvoort has by no means been amazing, but he has not been able to clean everything up like he did last Saturday.  Looking at the numbers shows Michigan give up a 19(8).  That's a lot of chances...and a lot of good chances.  The next couple periods could be tough to get through.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan gave up a 15(5) against PSU in the second period.  I will take that every time from this team.  Nagelvoort made a couple nice stops, but the defense was a little better.  It also probably had a bit to do with PSU being up enough that they didn't want to overextend themselves and give away free goals.  Even on the goal, its hard to fault skaters going for a shot block and potentially getting in the goalie's line of sight.  
     
  • THIRD: Being up by 3 goals and having another game tomorrow (and potentially a third the following night), Penn State conserved energy and mostly sat on their lead and allowed Michigan to come at them.  Therefore, Michigan's defense didn't have much to do.  This game was won for Penn State in the first period.  Penn State had a 15(3) in the third.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan took one penalty and Penn State scored on it at the very end.  It really was just a smooth play to create and open shooter in front of the net.  Biro skated behind the net and stopped like he was going to reverse.  Folkes was right behind him and he popped out and spun around as he crossed the goalline and positioned himself in the crease.  Biro hit him in the stick blade and Folkes one-timed it behind Nagelvoort as Zach left his post, assuming Biro was reversing.  Very nice play.  Will be interesting to see Adam's GBGA on this one.   Michigan did not get a power play.
     
  • SECOND: There was one penalty in the second and it was against Penn State.  Michigan took advantage of their lone opportunity and broke the shut out!  Yay!  The puck was batted around in front and was lifted into Sanchez's chest and he batted/bumped it over a prone Jones (rhyme intended) and into the net.  Scrappy goal, but that's how it is down low.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan took one penalty in the third.  PSU didn't try to do too much with their man advanatge and didn't really come close to scoring.  Michigan drew a couple of power plays late in the third but never really mustered much of a threat.  That's pretty much it.  M finished 1/3 and PSU finished 1/2.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: So...Nagelvoort maybe had a chance on the third goal?  But not really.  He got square to the shooter but the puck went under his blocker.  He was visably upset that he didn't stop it, but it was a bad DZTO and became and OMR...I'm not blaming a goalie for that.  You save that and you're just awesome.  The previous two goals he had zero shot at stopping.  He's played well and let in three.  Ugh.  10 saves in the first period.
     
  • SECOND: So, we can kinda put the fourth(this is getting high) goal on Zach.  It was a faceoff won back to the point and fired at the net; however, TWO Michigan skaters stood to block the shot and it somehow went between them.  Nagelvoort reached with his glove and deflected it into the post and behind the line.  So, I guess he was kinda screened...but it appears he saw it late and got a glove on it.  He was frustrated after that one.  He also made about 2-3 more saves that coulda/shoulda been goals.  So...whatever, I guess.  He's playing fine, not amazing, getting no bounces or offensvie help.  <Insert Shruggie Here>
     
  • THIRD: Nagelvoort had a boring final period in a Michigan uniform.  Michigan made some early pushes and Penn State was comfortable to just sit back.  He's had a great senior season and its been awesome to watch him develop.  He's still a draft pick and hopefully he'll get a chance at the next level!  

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan gave up 1 clear OMR.  It was a 2v1 after a great stretch pass.  Nagelvoort made a tremendous 5 hole save.  There were a couple other 'almosts' and one bad DZTO that became an OMR but I'm not calling it because it originated at the defensive blue line.
     
  • SECOND: There were a couple more OMRs for Penn State in the second.  The first was a 2v1 that the defenseman broke up, not allowing an attempt on net.  The next was a 3v1 that PSU set up perfectly with two passes and Nagelvoort made an amazing save.  OMRs are a thing, tonight.
     
  • THIRD: There were no OMRs in the third.  But PSU was also not that aggressive...as they did not need to be, given the score.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan 53(21), Penn State 49(16)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 52, Penn State 47

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #34: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #34: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 11th, 2017 at 11:08 PM

(James Coller) It was your night. Zach

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Well, it was better than last night's first period.  But not by much.  The Wolverines tallied a 9(2)...and not many were close to the HP, outside of those couple.  Again, they took advatage of their one opportunity when Lockwood got into the slot and Jones coughed up a rebound.  Winborg was right there to finish it.  Penn State is a great high-possession team, so you're not going to have as many looks as they do...but still.  You have to find a way into the slot more than once.
     
  • SECOND: Well, they got into the slot, anyway.  Michigan only tallied 11 even strength attempts...but 6 did come from the HP.  They had quality looks, just not many total looks.  But...that's what happens when the puck is in your end the entire period and your goalie is doing cartwheel saves.  I don't have much else to add.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan's even strength came on a great tip from Adam Winborg, who got into the low slot and redirected Cecconi's centering pass behind Jones to seal the game.  That made the game 3-0 with just over 3 minutes remaining.  Once again, Michigan took advanatge of they few chances they scrounged up against an overwhelming Penn State attack.  They ended the third with a 12(5).  Keep PSU out of the slot, score on the power play, and finish your best chances.  For the most part, that was what Michigan did.  Michigan finished with a 32(13) and 41% of their even strength attempts coming from the HP.  Low volume but high quality.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST:  This was reminiscent of last night.  Penn State bombed away for 25 even strength chances but were only able to get into the HP for 6 tallies.  Still, that's almost all of Michigan's total even strength chances of the period.  Michigan did a decent (not great) job of keeping most of those chances to the points and boards, though.  This is what Penn State does, though...fire away from anywhere, always.  The only time they got one past Nagelvoort was after the whistle...after a Nagelvoort awful turnover.  I predict a ton more attempts in the second.
     
  • SECOND:  Well, I was right.  Penn State ripped 24 more even strength attempts at Nagelvoort, including 9 from the HP.  I can't say that  the defense is playing well...because they're still not getting the puck out enough (or keeping PSU out of scoring areas), but Nagelvoort is more than making up for it.  He is the story so far, tonight.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan got bombed, again, in terms of volume.  26(7).  That's a 75(22) and a 29% from HP.  The defense did an ok job of keeping the puck as far from Nagelvoort as they could, but shots just rained all period (and game) long.  Penn State just isn't a good matchup for Michigan in terms of skating and possession.  The story here is Zach Nagelvoort who saved all 46 on frame to get his Senior Night shutout.  It seems every game, whomever is in net is Michigan's best goalie.  Zach seemed to channel J-Bart and live in the future knowing and seeing everything that came at him.  The kick-stretch save (that I later pasted a video to) was just unreal.  From his to 5v3 penalty kill to his crazy stretch save to always being in the right place, seeing the puck and control his rebounds...just a crazy impressive performance.  Steve Shields seems to have pushed him to his very ceiling.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Both team had two penalties in the first period.  Each had a full power play and created a few looks.  Penn State's Zach Saar ripped a great one-timer from the slot (unchecked) right into Nagelvoort's chest.  Michigan had a few chances, as well, but nothing as good as Saar's.  Both teams second power plays were shorter, as the penalties overlapped.  Penn State's will carry into the second for about 30 seconds.  Nothing earth-shattering to report here.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan took two penalties in the course of a minute in the second period.  Penn State spent the first 90 seconds in the zone on a 5v3 and had chance after chance after chance, but Michigan's scrappy three and Zach held on long enough for Cutler to come back from his first penalty.  Finally, Michigan got their clear and turned it into a 2v1 shorthanded where Shuart ALMOST tapped one in.  It would have been apropos for him, as he has a few of those this season.  Michigan did get a power play with a minute left in the second.  It will carry over into the third.  
  • THIRD: Griffin Luce took Michigan's two penalties in the third, but only one resulted in a man advantage..  Penn State threatened but didn't score on their lone chance.  Michigan's penalty kill -which had not looked good for a while- was again great tonight, kill all five of PSU's man advantages.  That means Michiga has killed all nine penalties they took, this weekend.  That's rather impressive against PSU's strong power play.  Michigan also tallied a power play goal.  Tony Calderone poked one past Jones to double Michigan's lead.  They had one other power play but did not score on that.  Michigan ended the night 1/5 on the man advantage.  

(James Coller) Thou Shall Not Pass

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Zach Nagelvoort gets the start on Senior Night.  And he's playing like it's his last game in Yost.  Penn State has given him plenty of chances to make saves and he's obliged, very nicely...stopping all 14 that have come on frame.  He had one awful giveaway at the very end of the period that Sturtz managed to get by him (after Nagelvoort passed it right to him NHL 94 style), but Zach was bailed out by Trevor Hamilton losing his helmet behind Michigan's net...just before the shot crossed the goalline.  Aside from that, he's been fantastic.
     
  • SECOND: Nagelvoort was unreal in the second.  He had 22 saves.  I don't even want to look at the corsi.  There was a 1:05 stretch where PSU had a 5v3 and the puck didn't leave the zone for about a good 90 seconds.  Nagelvoort had to have had 5+ saves in the stretch.  He was literally everywhere.  Sometimes a goalie just has a game where his mind is almost ahead of the play and just sees everything coming...this is that game.  Nagelvoort is just out of his mind, right now.
     
  • THIRD: https://twitter.com/umichhockey/status/840755721264279553 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: I saw no OMRs!  This is three periods in a row!
     
  • SECOND: PSU got one OMR in the second period.  It was a 2v1 and the shot went right into Nagelvoort's chest.  To be fair, its hard to have many OMRs when you spend the entire period in the attacking zone.
     
  • THIRD: No OMRs, again!  One OMR in the last five periods.  Perhaps, they are getting more disciplined?

(James Coller) A freshman finished on Senior Night

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Penn State 75(22), Michigan 32(13)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Penn State 76, Michigan 32

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #32: Minnesota 4, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #32: Minnesota 4, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 4th, 2017 at 11:32 PM

(Patrick Barron) Not your fault, tonight, Hayden

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: It was an odd period for even strength offense.  The first half of the period was alternating team penalties, so Michigan's best looks definitely came on the man advantage.  They ended up with an 8(1) in even strength.  That's not great, but it does come with a bit of an asterisk.  Still, they're going to need to get better looks (and probably more of them) if they're going to beat Schierhorn.  Marody did have a goal waved off and he bumped Schierhorn back into his net.  Worth a shot, I guess.
     
  • SECOND: A very different period structure sees Michigan tally a 30(8) in the attacking end.  They did generate quite a few nice scoring chances but were only able to sneak one by Schierhorn.  Tony Calderone had multiple very good looks and finally scored  after Marody created some space in the high circle and slid the puck to him alone in the slot.They're still only getting 26% of the attempts from the HP, though.  Minnestoa's defense has been better, tonight, and Schierhorn has looked good, as well.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan had a bit of an uptick in the third period, generating a few better looks, including a couple of posts.  Minnesota was content to sit back and not get caught up ice, given their two goal lead...but Michigan couldn't take advantage of their time in the attacking end. They did have 21 even strength attempts with 8 coming from the HP.  Given the game situations, though, I do not think this accurately portrayed how the game went...with most of Michigan's better looks coming in desperation time.  They finished with a 59(17) that resulted in a 26% from the HP.  That's not good enough...but Minnesota's defense played very well, too.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: In a period with five stand-alone penalties, Minnesota was still able to generate a 17(6)...which is very good for only a half of period played at even strength.  That's not great for Michigan's defense.  Lavigne was able to bail them out a few times but he was beaten once, as Michigan left Pitlick alone in the slot.  Not a great period for the defense, but we've come to expect as much.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan gave up a 33(13) in the second period.  That's a 40% clip from the HP.  That's just too high at that volume for a team of Minnesota's caliber.  The first goal was a nice one-timer from the upper circle.  That was just a nice play by the offense. The shooter was even decently marked.  The second goal was an embarassment, though.  Multiple shots came from all angles around Lavigne, as no Michigan skater moved their feet in an attempt to get out to any of Minnesota's multiple shooters.  Finally Lavigne wasn't able to see one of them and it was 3-0.  If you're literally going to stand around in the defensive zone, a goal is all but guaranteed.  Ugh.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan was better, only giving up an 11(4).  However, this is an incomplete because Minnesota took their foot off the gas half way into the third and just bled the game out.  I don't have anything else relevant to say regarding this.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: All of the penalties.  Michigan had three opportunities.  They had a golden chance when Marody and Calderone found themselves alone in the slot and Calderone missed a wide open net.  Michigan was able to generate a few more looks but nothing with that high of a percentage of finishing.  Minnesota had two power plays and looked a little more dangerous than Michigan.  They moved the puck well and got a few nice chances, but Lavigne denied all of them.  The first half of the period was mostly alternating penalties.  
     
  • SECOND: There were no second period power plays for either team.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan did not draw a third period penalty.  Minnesota had a power play off a too many men penalty against Michigan. They didn't really try to do a whole lot, being up a couple goals.  Special teams were not a factor tonight, after the first ten minutes of the game.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Hayden Lavigne started in net for the first time since the MSU series. He faced 15 shots in the first period and looked solid.  His rebound control was not the greatest, but he positioned himself well and bailed Michigan out of multiple situations when attackers got into the slot and the front of the crease.  I do not put the goal on him as Pitlick crashed down into the slot, unchecked, and was able to rifle a shot over Lavigne.  Good shooting percentage from that spot.  Lavigne with 14 saves, though.
     
  • SECOND: I thought Lavigne had another solid period.  He gave up two more goals but the first was a one-timer fron the top of the circle.  I could not tell if he was screened or not, but it was a good pass and quick shot.  He probably could have been marked a little tighter, but Bristedt did not have as much room as Pitlick did in the first.  The second goal was on the defense as consecutive shots came from all angles before one snuck past Lavigne.  No Michigan skater moved very far at all during that flurry. The fact that Lavigne was able to deny the first few was impressive. His rebound control has been shaky, tonight, though.  Lavigne has 28 saves on 31 shots, so far.
     
  • THIRD: Another good performance from a Michigan goalie.  Lavigne was not Nagelvoort-hot, but he gave up fewer that he probably should have given the chances that Minnesota got.  I've asked a handful of people who the best goalie on this team is and I've gotten different answers from everyone.  That's a great thing.  If nothing else, it says a lot about Steve Shields, Michigan's goaltending coach.  I'm very comfortable with any of Michigan's goalies in net.  In fact, I'm not completely against trying this theory by throwing Chad Catt between the pipes, next weekend.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan gave up one OMR in the first period.  It was a 2v1 in a 4v4 situation. The shot was high and wide from a distance with no real chance at a cross pass.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan gives up two more OMRs.  The first was a dangerous 3v2 that saw Lavigne leave the initial rebound right out in front of him, but he was able to cover the 2nd shot.  The other was a 2v1 that Lavigne correctly positioned himself to the shooter and stopped.  
     
  • THIRD: No 3rd period OMRs!  Yay!  Only one very dangerous one on the night.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Minnesota 61(23), Michigan 59(17)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Minnesota 61, Michigan 61