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 #6: Michigan 5, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #6: Michigan 5, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 29th, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Five point weekend for Ol’ Dex (Patrick Barron)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

5 4 31%

Second Period

24 10 51%

Third Period

13 5 34%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

42 19 42%

Analysis: Michigan’s offense in this game resembled last season’s offense. Five and 13 attempts in the first and third periods, respectively. Not awesome. They scored goals because Peyton Jones kinda sucks. Also, Penn State had some terrible giveaways. Give Michigan credit, they took advantage of what Penn State gave them. There is a lot to be said for that, but aside from a bluster in the middle of the second period, Michigan was doing more chasing of the puck. They did manage to get quite of a few good looks– 45% of their attempts came from the House, so when they shot the puck, they were generally in quality positions to do so. Some of the lack of shots is probably related to the avalanche of penalty minutes that they had to kill...more on that later.

[Hit THE JUMP for defense, special teams, goaltending, and more]

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 #33: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #33: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 10th, 2017 at 10:26 PM

(Bill Rapai)  Tony Calderone provided the finishing, tonight

OFFENSE

  • FIRST:  So...Michigan tallied a 6(3).  That's not very good.  In fact, its pretty bad.  It didn't seem as bad during live play because Michigan was able to create a few nice looks on both their power play and penalty kill.  But six even strength attempts, man.  That's about it.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's offense was a little bit better in the second period.  A little bit.  They generated 12 even strength attempts with three coming from the HP.  Unfortunately, a lot of their looks were from rather poor angles or from quite a distance.  Their goal was a Calderone snipe on a 2v2 rush that he let go from the top of the circle.  It was well-placed...but probably could/should have been saved.  More chances from the slot, please!  Lost in the numbers is Will Lockwood.  He's made some supremely outstanding individual plays.  He's worth the price of admission.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan took 14 even strength attempts in the third period.  They got into the HP for 4 of those 14 chances.  Again, that's not the best.  Most of their attempts came from quite a distance or a poor angle.  Against a high pucl possession team, though, looks at the net seem to be at a premium, though.  They did manage to take advantage of their quality chances, though.  Tony Calderone came in on a 2v1 and ripped a flare over Jones's shoulder to tie the game.  Brendan Warren hustled and outskated a PSU defenseman on a free-for-all and attempted to cross the puck through the crease to a waiting James Sanchez, but the Nittany Lion defenseman broke up the pass with his stick...and it slid right through Jones to give Michigan the lead.  Sanchez would have had a tap-in from a few feet out if he doesn't deflect it, though.  Very few teams are going to out-skate and out-possess PSU, so the way to beat them is to take advantage of your rushes and opportunities when they give them to you.  Michigan did just that, tonight.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST:  There has yet to be a shot that a Penn State player has decided to pass up.  They will literally shoot from almost anywhere at anytime.  That's how you end up with even strength 22 attempts.  Michigan only allowed three of those to come from the HP, though.  So, my hottaeks say that Penn State just shot from anywhere inside th blue line.  This period was probably more even than the stats say...at least in terms of quality looks.  The PSU goal came with under five seconds left in the period as Kris Myllari heaved a puck at the net (because PSU shot) and it floated above Lavigne's blocker.  Probably not on the defense, as much as Lavigne...but you just cannot surrender goals with just seconds left in a period.  I would say that was borderline acceptable defensive period...until the last few seconds.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan constrained the trigger-happy Nittany Lions to only 15 even strength attempts...with 7 coming from the HP.  It was odd, though, that almost all seven HP attempts were literally on the edge of my drawn HP shape.  So, nothing from the slot, just the very fringes.  PSU shooting 15 times is actually probably on their lower end...and giving up nothing TOO Grade A seems like a win.  The goal was another fling from the boards that slipped through Lavigne's arm.  That's not on the defense.  
     
  • THIRD: Looking back at the first couple periods, Michigan limited PSU's quality chances.  They gave up a ton of looks but not many great ones.  In the third, Penn State was able to conjure up 26 (!!) attempts on net in even strength...but again, they only got 6 from the HP.  I'm going out on a limb and say that Michigan's defense was actually good, tonight.  They did surrender a 63(16), which seems like a lot.  However, due to the nature of PSU's offensive gameplan, you're just going to give up attempts.  They seem to shoot just for the sake of shooting.  To keep them to around 25% of their shots from HP, though?  I think Michigan can live with that...especially with Michigan's goaltending being its strength.  Its not fun to watch, per se...but when you have great netminding and limited offense, packing in the defenders and finishing your limited offensive chances is your best bet.  Oh geez...we're Michigan State.  :(

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan drew one power play in the first period and looked very dangerous.  They created about 3-4 really good looks at the net and hit the post.  Not having the puck much doesn't allow you to draw many penalties, so the Wolverines are going to have to make them count, tonight.  Michigan took two penalties and actually looked better offensively than Penn State did on their first.  The Nittany Lions threatened a lot more on their second and Lavigne made a few outstanding saves to help kill of that PSU man advantage.
     
  • SECOND:  Each team had a power play in the second period and both ended the same way: with just as many chances for the PK as the PP.  Odd.  I would not have expected that from either of these teams.  
     
  • THIRD: Michigan did not draw a penalty and took one penalty in the third period.  Penn State had a couple decent looks, but nothing overwhelming.  Michigan's penalty kill stoned four PSU advantages, tonight, and didn't really give up that many good looks...which is refreshing.  That has not been the case, lately.

 

(James Coller) I'M BATMAN

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Hayden Lavigne started tonight.  He played extremely well through the first 19 minutes and 50 seconds, stopping 13 shots on as many attempts.  Unfortunately, a late chuck from the point/boards snuck over his blocker.  Perhaps he was screened?  Tough to tell.  Either way, I think he's going to want that one back.  Before that, though...Lavigne was fantatsic, including multiple stuffs from the low slot during some multiple skater scrums right in front of him.  His positioning was very, very good, as well.
     
  • SECOND: Lavigne, again, had a similar period to the first.  He made a few fantastic saves and kept Michigan in a tightly played game.  The goal he gave us was another head-scratcher.  The puck was thrown from the point/boards (again) and just seemed to leak through his blocker side arm.  He seemed to be in the right spot, but...the puck just got through.  Screen?  Maybe.  But...it also seemed kinda soft, even on replay.  These couple of goals have been uncharacteristic of him...especially given how he's played the rest of the time.
     
  • THIRD: Lavigne was great, again, saving all 13 shots he faced in the third.  And...no fluky fluff goals!  I've commented on his positioning before, but I really thought he was in the right places and saw the game develop in front of him very well, tonight.  He had those two hiccups, but they were not for lack of being in the correct spot.  I truly am thinking, now, that Steve Shields is the catalyst behind this goaltending resurgence.  He transformed Racine into a dependable college goalie, and he's also pushing all three of Michigan's netminders to the top of their games.  The Wolverines truly are getting elite play from all of their goalies.  Hayden Lavigne is the latest piece of evidence. 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan gave up 2 OMRs in the first period.  The first came early on and the got lucky as the the shooter broke his stick and whiffed on the pass.  The second was a tremendous break-out pass that lead to a 2v1.  The shot was high and wide, but it was a great chance.  M cannot skate end-to-end with PSU.
     
  • SECOND: I saw no OMRs in the 2nd. Yay!
     
  • THIRD: Nothing.  Yay!  Hottaek: Michigan's defense got better as the game progressed.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Penn State 63(16), Michigan 32(10)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Penn State 64, Michigan 31

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #22: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2 (Shootout)

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #22: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2 (Shootout)

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 21st, 2017 at 10:33 PM

(James Coller)  THIS GUY!

 

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan started pretty well getting into the attacking zone and drawing a penalty about four minutes into the game.  They got into the the lower slot and crease a few different times but were not able to convert on those opportunities.  The goal came from De Jong  from the point via a screen by Adam Winborg.  It was also just after their power play chance had expired.  That was about it, though.  They ended up with 5 even strength attempts.  That's not too good.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's 5v5 offense created their second goal of the night.  Evan Allen won a bottle along the boards and worked a couple passes with Piazza at the point, who slid over to shoot from nearer the center of the blue line.  Kile got a great screen and tipped the puck as it went by to give M a 2-1 lead.  The goal was reviewed for interference but Kile did not make enough contact with Minney and looked to be just out of the crease.  Kile also rode in on a 2v0 with Shuart, elected to shoot, and Minney denied him.  Michigan ended up with 14 even strength attempts at the net, including 3-4 from 'home plate.'  Better, I suppose.
     
  • THIRD/OT: Michigan generated 14 attempts in the third and 2 more in OT.  That's...ok.  Only four came from 'home plate.'  Most of the attempts were from odd angles or from distance.  So, unfortunately, still not great offense.  Lockwood got in pretty close once but not much else overly threatening.  Their best looks came from the man advantage and they were not finished.  

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan's defense was typical.  The goal they gave up was losing a 1v1 battled on the boards followed by Luce getting beat by Pavelek in front of the net to get an uncontested shot off past Nagelvoort.  It was similar to last night's goals.  Michigan also surrendered 20 even strength attempts on net.  Nine of those came from inside 'home plate.'  Different night, same issues.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan gave up 15 attempts at their net, 7 of which came from 'home plate.'  Four of those came from just outside the crease, though.  They did not give up a goal in a full period for the first time since the GLI (I think).  So, that's a good thing.  Most of that was due to Nagelvoort, though.  Small steps, I guess.
     
  • THIRD/OT: Nagelvoort faced three shots (one of them being 50/50 illegal) and saved the definite two shots.  MSU got five (three more in OT) even strength attempts in the third.  That's very good!  Possibly M's best defensive period of the year?  The one thing (because there is always a thing) was that on the goal -which was on the PP but this relates to defense- there were two attackers behind the last defenseman.  One of them hit the puck near the crossbar past Nagelvoort.  Even on the powerplay...still unmarked dudes in the crease.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan drew one penalty in and nearly cashed in on it.  They were able to score about 4 seconds after the penalty expired, so technically it was not a PPG, but it was also before the defense could be reset with their equalizing player.  So, not a power play goal...but kinda still a power play goal.  Dancs took a tripping penalty towards the end of the first that will carry over to the second.  MSU created a couple a good looks but no conversion, yet.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan did not draw a penalty in the second period.  They did take two, however, and killed them both off.  Nagelvoort played a large role in one of those.  He's looking fantastic.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan drew two penalties in the third period.  Dancs had a great cross-crease pass that was just out of Kile's reach.  Kile had a wide open net.  That was about it for power play good looks.  Cooper Marody took a terrible penalty behind the Spartan net that ultimately led to MSU's tying goal.  The goal was flipped in the high slot and hit a Spartan stick up near the crossbar.  It looked to about even with the crossbar and the goal was uphelf after a review.  Nagelvoort had zero chance.  The issue is that the penalty taken was not even close to necessary and there is a great chance this game does not reach OT without it.
     
  • OT: M took a penalty, but it was an intelligent one.  They killed it with a couple nice saves from Nagelvoort.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Zach Nagelvoort started in goal, and he looked very good, including making a couple of great saves.  State created a great opportunity with two dynamic cross-ice passes that got an attacker alone in the lower slot.  Nagelvoort was up to the challenge.  He also made a couple very good stops on MSU's power play.  He ended up with eight saves.  The goal was on the defense, as Luce lost his man in front of the crease.
     
  • SECOND: Another top notch period for Nagelvoort in net.  Zach was everywhere.  There was one stretch early on where he must have made about 4-5 saves in about 10-15 seconds...and from close range, too.  He also held his posts well and denied a couple more opportunities, there.  Nagelvoort also was ready for a very bad DZTO at the blue line and stopped another Spartan snipe.  He's been in great position all night.  Up to 21 saves, so far.
     
  • THIRD: Nagelvoort didn't have much to do in the third.  He stopped two of the three shots that he saw.  He had no chance on the goal, as it was deflected about a few feet in front of him and was 50/50 hit with a high stick.  Fantastic night for Zach.  Its really crazy how well all three goalies are playing.
     
  • OT/SO: NOPE.  Nothing.  Stopped three more shots...then three more in the shootout.  Good stuff, Zach.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan State has two 3v2s.  The first was non-threatening with the puck not getting near Nagelvoort via a deflection.  The second freed a shooter just inside Nagelvoort's left faceoff dot.  Zach was able to deny the opportunity.
     
  • SECOND:  I had zero OMRs in the second period.
     
  • THIRD: No OMRS.
     
  • OT: An almost 2v1 but Boka took the 2nd guy down (with no call), so it became a 1v1.  De Jong then took him down and was called for a penalty that Michgan killed.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan State 42, Michigan 36

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan State 44, Michigan 36

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #21: Michigan State 3, Michigan 0

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #21: Michigan State 3, Michigan 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 20th, 2017 at 9:25 PM

(Bill Rapai)  Checking a guy AFTER the puck is in the net does not count as 'marking'

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan's offense started rather slowly, getting outshot 10-3 after the 10:00 mark, but they finally started getting more attempts in on Minney as the period ticked on.  They ended up getting 17 attempts, though only two would come from inside the dangerous 'home plate' area.  This would be a classic "the numbers are there but the eye test didn't really back it up."  But...a period Coris win is good?  Now...onto the fatefully dreaded second.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan generated 14 looks at the net.  Again, the number is marginally acceptable, but the locations of most of these attempts are not very dangerous.  I counted three attempts from 'home plate.'  Not great, Bob.  Not against a team that has four victories coming into tonight's game.  They manufactured more and better looks on special teams...but, like, that's what you're supposed to do.   I guess better than previous 2nd periods?  
     
  • THIRD: Ok, so New Hildebrand was fantastic tonight and definitely stole multiple goals from Michigan.  Michigan still only got off 13 attempts at the net in the 3rd.  They had 8 from the 'home plate' area.  That's not awful but not great, either.  Boka made a CRAZY pass from the left corner to a wide open Lockwood who was stoned by New Hildebrand only to have the puck fall to an even more open Marody who literally missed an open net from the slot.  Apropos.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: After getting being swarmed and dominated in the first 8-10 minutes, Michigan's defense settled down and started to get on the same page.  MSU had a few great looks on the power play and another couple decent chances 5v5, but most of their chances came from outside the dots...mainly from each point.  The number was too high (16) for me, but the location was tolerable.  That being said, those first few minutes were bad.  It took a couple shifts to get the puck into the defensive end a couple times.  Also, still too many TOs at their own blue line.  Lastly, please, PLEASE, start hitting dudes when they are withing a stick-length of the crease.
     
  • SECOND:  Bad.  State got 25 attempts 5v5 attempts at the net.  Also, the goal was a 2v2 rush that one defender was beaten along the boards and a 2nd was beaten into the slot.  The 2nd Spartan tapped the puck past JLF with no annoyance from a defender.  I mean...I guess this is just expected, now.  Probably should have been sooner.  I have 8 attempts inside 'home plate.'  Also, a quite a few just outside to JLF's left (6 to be exact).  Blah.
     
  • THIRD: Statistically speaking, Michigan's defense played well.  Only 8 attempts on even strength.  However, MSU had a lead and was not pressing for more.  Again, though, as the puck was carried into the left corner, four Wolverines drifted in that direction leaving yet another open attacker in the low slot.  And he scored.  Becuase he should when unchecked in that position.  All 3 goals were like that, tonight.  Nothing new to see here.  Move along.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan took one penalty and MSU scored on it.  After a shot from the point went wide, JLF lunged to his left and deflected the 2nd chance but it trickled over him to the top of the crease where a waiting Spartan put down his lemonade and tapped in a power play goal.  No one was near him, let alone harassing him.  Sigh. Michigan did not have a power play opportunity.  
     
  • SECOND: Michigan had two man advantages in the 2nd period.  The first went as well as possible without netting a goal.  They moved the puck well and had to have at least 4-5 very good looks at the net but New Hildebrand was up to each and every one.  Kile was flat-out robbed twice.  The second opportunity did not go as well.  They generated some zone time but not many very enticing looks.  Michigan is 0/2 so far.  M gave up a couple man advantages, but State could could not convert on those, either.  M's PK looked fine but not great.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan took another penalty and killed it off.  Only three penalties on the night.  That will do.  Continue that trend, please.  Michigan also drew three penalties in the third but did not score.  They also did not register a shot on any of those power plays.  Do not continue this trend, please.  On the night, MSU: 1/3, M: 0/4

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Jack LaFontaine started in goal and had a very nice first period.  The lone goal to beat him came on the power play from an unchecked dude in the crease.  He also stopped the first attempt.  So, like, whatever, man.  Other than that, he stopped eleven shots and looked in control of where he wanted to put the puck.  He did not play last weekend in Minnesota, but he's holding up the trend of strong netminding by Michigan goaltenders, lately.
     
  • SECOND: Once again, JLF had a very nice period, stopping 13 more shots.  Unfortunately, Michigan's defense was a little more lax in this period and JLF had to defend from a lot shorter distance.  He stood strong though, not giving up many rebounds and making athletic saves on at least a couple should-have-been goals. He's definietly done his job to hold down the fort, but at some point, everyone else is going to have to relieve the pressure...hopefully. 
     
  • THIRD: See the previous couple paragraphs.  JLF didn't have as much to do, but he made the couple that he saw, except for: Another open attacker in the low slot.  This time, I think he got a piece of it but couldn't grab it.  It bounced between his glove, his body, and the post before entering the net.  I blame him for 0 of the 3 goals.  I used to be upset when Michigan lost hockey games.  It was just behind Football in my Emotional Rollercoaster.  But...man...the last few years and then this year.  Its is just hard to expect anything but a rough loss, anymore.  That makes me the most upset. 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: There was AN almost 3v2 for State.  It was borderline and nothing really came of it, so...eh.  That's it.
     
  • SECOND: I counted 0 OMRs.
     
  • THIRD: Again, no counted OMRs.  Yay for that, I suppose.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan State 49, Michigan 46

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan State 50, Michigan 45

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #20: Minnesota 4, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #20: Minnesota 4, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 14th, 2017 at 11:09 PM

***I was cooking/eating a pizza during the 2nd, so my attention to detail was not as high***

(Patrick Barron) This does not mean what you think it means

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan actually generated a little bit of offense in the first period.  They had 15 attempts at the net!  Cooper Marody dangled into the crease, but was harassed from behind and couldn't flip the puck into the open net.  They also tied Minnesota in total shots at 7.  However, aside from Marody's adventure, nothing was from a particularly dangerous position.  
     
  • SECOND: Ummmmmm, NOPE. 7 attempts. 3 shots.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan scored 2 goals in the 3rd!  The first career goal by Stevel Merl was just thrown at the net from the sideboards (and I bet Schierhorn wishes he had that one back).  The second was a shot from the point by De Jong that Evan Allen redirected past Schierhorn.  That was the correct play by De Jong and great hand-eye coordination from Allen.  Great goal.  Piazza also rang the post, later, almost tying the game.  I was unable to get a shot chart from the 3rd, so I cannot give data on location and corsi number.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Feelingsball says that Minnesota didn't look very sharp at all in the first period.  They threatened a little early and then again late, but nothing very consistent.  Michigan's defense allowed 3 attempts from inside the dots, but the remaining 10 came from a distance.  That's a nice improvement, so far.  Michigan did have a couple of bad DZTOs and had a couple instances where they struggled to exit the zone.  However, sign me up for more of these periods, instead of some of the other periods I've seen, lately.
     
  • SECOND:  Well, back to the usual.  Shots from everywhere!  They allowed 18 attempts on net and 11 of them were shots.  That's not the worst I've seen this year, but it makes sense given how the period played out.  Michigan has had poor 2nd periods lately (sorta a hottaek but not really).  They've just struggled to clear and control the puck.  The goal was called a goal on the ice and it stood.  If it wasn't called a goal, I'm not certain it would have been called a goal.   
     
  • THIRD: The defense didn't surrender a goal in the third, except for the EN at the end.  I was unable to get a shot chart from the 3rd, so I cannot give data on location and corsi number.  I will chart the 3rd myself, tomorrow, for the season stats but that doesn't help this recap.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Until just under a minute to go, there were no special teams in play.  Unfortunately, after an unimpressive beginning to the PP, Vinni Lettieri throws a seemingly harmless shot at the net, just inside the blue line and it gets past Lavigne.  It seemed that potentially Piazza screened him, and if he did, that just sucks.  If not, it was a very soft goal.
     
  • SECOND: No Power Plays for M.  They will start the third on one after Minnesota gets the extra penalty in the scrum after the 2nd.  Michigan took 2 more penalties but they were successful in killing them off.  Lavigne made a terrific save during the 2nd penalty. Minn: 1/3  M: n/a
     
  • THIRD: Michigan draws 4 penalties, including the man advantage awarded after the end of the 2nd period.  They did create a few dangerous opportunities and even hit the post.  Score, they did not, however.  While on their 1st PP, the Wolverines surrendured a breakaway in which a penalty shot was called and converted.  Michigan took 2 more penalties in the 3rd and killed off both of them.  Warren drew a shorthanded penalty shot and ultimately missed it.  In the end, it would up being the difference.  Not a great night on special teams.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST:  Hayden Lavigne started in net, tonight, and looked very sharp early on.  Minnesota got a few chances but ended up getting very few on frame.  Still Lavigne looked in decent position and made the correct situational plays.  The goal was either dumb luck or stupidly silly...depending on if he saw it.  My initial thought was Piazza screened him, but its tough to actually tell.  If he was screened, oh well.  It happens and just another great period from a Michigan goaltender.  If he saw the puck, that one would be pretty bad.  
     
  • SECOND: A great period for Lavigne, including a great PP save from the slot on a one-timer.  The goal came through traffic and got tucked in the top corner.  It was a laser.  I don't think he saw that one and I doubt he would have had the time to react to it.  Great shot.  Outside of that, he's kept Michigan in striking distance.
     
  • THIRD: Lavigne had a solid 3rd period, as well.  The goal was a penalty shot.  Other than that, he gave Michigan a chance in a game that they were severly outplayed.  Minnesota didn't seem as sharp as last night, but they still created more than Michigan did and Lavigne made a solid case for why he should be in net.  Saved 25/28 shots.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Minnesota had a 2v1 that their pass got deflected.  Other than that, nothing.
     
  • SECOND: Distracted by some pizza, but I did not catch any.
     
  • THIRD: Minnesota had a breakaway in which Lettieri was pulled down during an M PP and awarded a penalty shot.  He then scored on said penalty shot.  
  • OMRs not a major concern tonight.  Obviously, the breakway on a PP is not good.  But looking at the game overall, there are bigger concerns.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had (through 2 periods): Minnesota 31, Michigan 22

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Minnesota 49, Michigan 32

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #19: Minnesota 5, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #19: Minnesota 5, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 13th, 2017 at 11:57 PM

(Patrick Barron)   This is a great photo!

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: The goal was very nice.  Allen rushed the puck in behind the net, Winborg continued it on and found a cutting Shuart in the slot with a one-timer.    Shuart also out-raced a Gopher Dman to create a breakaway but could not convert.  Sanchez also got in alone after a terrible Gopher turnover, but he missed the net, as well.  Other than that...there was very, very little.  Three fantastic looks and not much else.
     
  • SECOND: At one point, M was being outshot 10-1 in the period.  About halfway through the period, Marody put in a great shift and got a couple of attempts and drew a penalty.  That was about it for the 5v5 offense.  They were killing some penalties, but these forwards are generally looking overmatched, regardless of which line is on the ice.  They had a period corsi score of 5.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan had trouble touching and controlling the puck all night long.  Penalties didn't help that, but even 5v5 was not that much of a better scenario.  Michigan tallied 6 attempts on net in even strength play.  That is quite poor.

 

DEFENSE

 

  • FIRST: I'm honestly not even going to wait for the shot chart for this.  The defense was not good.  Surprise!  The last 2 goals came from unchecked attackers in the slot or in the crease (ugh, how??).  Those are the most critial places to mark someone, I would guess.  Also, on the first goal, Lohan just got whipped.  Pitlick just went right by him.  Not to mention the usual inability to clear the puck, exit the zone, etc.
     
  • SECOND: Once again, not great.  Minnesota registered 17 5v5 attempts.  The goal should again be tallied to the defense.  Three guys surrounded the goal scorer but didn't exactly harass him.  Also, obligatory defensive zone turnovers, failed clears, and the like.  Ben Clymer described it as "Michigan's defensemen watching each other watch the puck."  YUP.
     
  • THIRD: The third period was much like the previous couple.  M takes a couple bad penalties because they can't get the puck out of their own zone and are now tired from chasing pretty much the entire game.  They also give up some great scoring chances that Nagelvoort managed to paper over.  Minnesota registered 12 more attempts on net, totaling 52.  That's not the worst number they have given up, but after the PP goal made it 5-2, the Gophers played a little safer.  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

  • FIRST: Michigan did not draw a penalty.  They did go to the box once and managed to negate the Minnesota PP.  The Gophers did look very dangerous and got multiple good looks.  Nagelvoort bailed Michgan out more than once on the one PK.  Minn: 0/1  M: n/a
  • SECOND: Michigan finally drew their first PP thanks to the best M shift of the night, so far, from Cooper Marody.  Kile had a snipe goal stolen by Schierhorn that would've tied the game. Calderone also had a very good look.  The Wolverines couldn't capitalize, but looked good and created a few chances.  Unfortunately, they also took 3 penalties, but miraculously did not cede a goal, yet.  Minnesota missed quite a few great looks and Nagelvoort swept away a few more.  Seems like its only a matter of time if M keeps up the parade to the box.  Brendan Warren DID however score the easiest goal of all time as a Gopher Dman coughed up the puck LITERALLY in his own crease.  So, yay gift shorties!  Minn: 0/4  M: 0/1
     
  • THIRD: Michigan drew a penalty late in the third and created a few more great looks but did not score.  The game was also effectively over at that point, anyway.  They did, however take 2 more penalties, including a 5 min major that got De Jong ejected and a triping during that 5 mins PP.  Not surprisingly, Minnesota picked a corner around a screened Nagelvoort and finally got a ST tally.  Some of these penalties were just loose play, others were the result of bad positoning.  They do find a way to kill most of these penalties, but top notch goaltending and bad shooting luck are large contributors, it appears.  Minn: 1/6  M: 0/2

 

GOALTENDING

 

  • FIRST: Well, 3 goals isn't good.  He did manage to keep Minnesota off the board for the first half of the period, despite Minnesota getting great look after great look.  The first goal seemed to be short-side, despite Lohan just getting toasted.  The last 2 goals came on a tip from an unmarked attcker in the slot and an unmarked attacker in the crease.  I can't put either of those on him.  The weird thing is that I spent a large part of the first period thinking about how great Nagelvoort's position was and how many saves he made just to keep Michigan level in this game.  Regardless, other than the first short-side goal, I can't ask for much more.
     
  • SECOND: I thought Nagelvoort had another solid period.  The first half of the period was definitely tilted towards him and he made more fine saves.  I can't put the goal on him as Sheehy was surrounded by Dmen next to the crease (but none of them were actually checking him) and he batted the puck out of the air past Zach.  Not a great position to be in.  If he makes that save, it would be an SC Top10.
     
  • THIRD: Zach looked very good, again, in the third.  He made countless saves on the penalty kill, including a few flat-out steals.  The 5th goal came on a 5v3 that he could not see and hit a top corner.  That's just a great shot.  He was under siege all night and honestly did his part.  With the amount of time M spent in the attacking zone (not much) and lack of tight defense Minnesota attacker faced, I'm not sure what else a goalie can be asked to do.  He faced 45 shots.  All 3 M goalies have .900+ save %s.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

 

  • FIRST: I am watching on TV at home, but I did not see any.  A couple that were close to 3v2s, but nothing that gave a decided advantage.
     
  • SECOND:  I still didn't find any Minn OMRs.
     
  • THIRD: There was one 3v2 rush for Minnesota.  They got a shot but nothing too threatening.  OMRs held in check, tonight.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Minnesota 52, Michigan 25

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Minnesota 52, Michigan 32

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #5: Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 3 (OT)

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #5: Michigan 3, Michigan Tech 3 (OT)

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 22nd, 2016 at 10:52 PM

(Bill Rapai) Just wanted to use this photo

 

OFFENSE

Not good.  I have Michigan with a CORSI score of 27.  That is just over half of what they had last night.  They got six combined attempts from the slot.  They scored on three of them.  I am running out of things to say about this offense.  They just generate very, very few quality scoring opportunities.  The attempts they do get are mostly from quite a distance.  Yet, enough shots go in.  Yay being lucky, I guess...

 A major hat tip to Alex Kile who slithered through the slot on his knees and roofed a puck to give Michigan a lead.  That was one of the most impressive non-Connor goals I've seen Michigan score in a while. Cutler Martin finished off a rebound to tie the game late in the third after Calderone had driven the net and Pastujov created a nice rebound in front of the crease.  Those were both actually very repeatable even strength chances.

 

DEFENSE

Michigan should have gotten destroyed, tonight.  I had Tech getting a CORSI score of 59.  That over double what Michigan had.  And that's exactly what it looked like, as well.  If it weren't for some fantastic netminding (and a handful of missed opportunities), this game would have been Tech by 3-4 goals.  Michigan Tech was again able to get wherever they wanted on the ice.  At least in the 3rd period, Michigan was able to push Tech away from the slot.  So, I guess there's that.  Tech also hit the post at the end of regulation and again in overtime.  Overtime was completely dominated by Michigan Tech, as well.  Michigan again struggled with Tech's forecheck, clearing the puck, and retaining any sort of possession anywhere on the ice.  It just seems like a matter of time before the goaltending dam breaks and there is a flood of opposing goals.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Michigan, again, finds a way to score on the power play.  Will Lockwood snapped in a rebound from the left circle to give Michigan a lead early in the opening period.  They ended up going 1/5 in total.  In the early third, M had back to back power plays and could not muster more than a single shot.  That was discouraging and about when Tech took over momentim and scored a couple of goals.  One interesting note: Michigan goes with the 1-3-1 with their first PP line and more of an umbrella on their second PP line.  I'm guessing this is because they do not trust anyone but Piazza to stand by himself on the blue line.

Michigan did another good job of only giving Tech four power plays, tonight...not that it didn't seem like even strength was a Tech power play all night, anyway.  They did not surrender a power play goal.

There was an interesting bit of 3v3 hockey as both teams took two isolated penalties each.  After initial rushes for both teams, no one really took another chance and nothing really came of such a rare opportunity.

 

GOALTENDING

Jack LaFontaine put in a shift tonight.  Michigan surrended 45 shots and he stopped 42 of them.  Tech consistently got down low and filled the slot with scoring chances.  Their first goal was the result of a well-played 3v2 that was jammed in by the post.  The second was an attempt through a handful of skaters that was twice deflected and went between his JLF's legs.  The third goal, he may want back.  He was beat far post by a snapshot from outside the left circle...in a seemingly benign chance.  Other than that, he did almost everything else at a very high level, especially considering he was pretty much under siege the entire game.  JLF looked athletic, quick to react, and controlled his rebounds rather well.  Michigan does not seem to have any issues in net. 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

I counted only three.  There were about 2-3 almost OMRs in the second period, but since the puck never got out of the zone, I could count those more as DZTOs.  Tech scored an a beautifully worked 3v2 that got stuffed in the far post, beating JLF.  The goal was reviewed but it was determined that it was not a kicking motion.  It was pretty close.  The last two OMRs were a 2v1 and another 3v2...neither came to anything as M actually defended them well.  OMRs do not seem to be an issue for M, this season.  That's a positive, I suppose.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

Michigan Tech 59, Michigan 27 ( 31% possession)  

www.collegehockeynews.com had it 72-29...that's even worse

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #3: Michigan 2, Ferris State 1

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #3: Michigan 2, Ferris State 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 17th, 2016 at 9:14 PM

Caveat: I, unfortunately, will not be able to cover every single game due to football season and other Blog-related responsibilities.  Also, as far as the statistical approach goes, I will be at the mercy of both the video availability of games and the creative ways to get shot charts from each game.  (Like for the Ferris State game, they apparently only gave out 1st and 2nd period shot charts).  Hopefully, I can make this work for the most part.

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(Paul Sherman) Quite a debut

 

OFFENSE

Like I stated previously, I was unable to see this game and only have two of the three shot charts.  However, through two periods, M only generated 16 attempts at the net in 5v5 play.  That is even worse than the first game against Union (the second game was a little better).  The offensive questions still abound.  Multiple people who did see the game told me that Ferris generally dominated play and M had trouble finding scoring opportunities.  The shooting charts seem to back that theory.  While they did manage to win this game, Ferris State is an 0-4 WCHA team.  If you are unable to control the puck against them, it does not bode well for upcoming weekends.

 

DEFENSE

I had the CORSI score at 22-16 in favor of Ferris State through two periods.  I can definitely live with giving up 22 attempts in two periods.  They did allow the Bulldogs to get seven chances in the lower slot, however.  I would hope to see more of those attempts come from the perimeter.  Again, the Wolverines got some steller goaltending, which again seemed to cover up a somewhat leaky defense.  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

One of the bright sides for M has been their power play.  They tallied both of their goals in this game on the man advantage.  Jake Slaker got his first career goal as M took the lead midway through the second period.  Slaker would also tally an assist on the Wolverines second power play goal.  Sam Piazza's game-winner also came up a man in the third period.  It was Piazza's third goal of the season, giving him the team lead.  Michigan did draw five power plays on the night and definitely took advantage of their opportunities.

Unfortunately, Michigan's parade to the penalty box continued against Ferris State.  They took seven penalties in total.  That is still too many, especially from a defense that is struggling to keep puck away from the front of the night.  Fortunately, on Saturday, Michigan was able to kill six of the seven Bulldog power plays.

 

GOALTENDING

This has definitely been the brightest spot for the Wolverines...and they apparently are ridiculously deep.  M has started a different goalie in each game this season and all three goalies have performed very well.  Jack LaFontaine got his first career start and stopped 28 of the 29 shots that he saw.  He came into Michigan as a highly regarded recruit and, by all accounts, lived up to the billing in his first opportunity.  A knowledgeable friend said it was a "stand on his head" performance.  Even with a bit of a leaky defense and a lacking offense, Michigan's goaltending has put them in position to win every game this season.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

n/a for tonight

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE (though 2 periods)

Ferris State 22, Michigan 16