Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #38: Michigan 3, Northeastern 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #38: Michigan 3, Northeastern 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 25th, 2018 at 3:02 AM

Cooper Marody played like a Hobey Baker finalist [James Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

23 6 55%

Second Period

24 8 71%

Third Period

15 5 50%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

62 19 58%

Analysis: Awesome. This was a wonderful output of offense from Michigan. The Wolverines consistently got into the House and created chances from all over the ice. While it was a tight game, the main reason that is stayed that way was Cayden Primeau. He made about 5-6 fantastic saves. Otherwise, there is a good chance Michigan hangs a couple more on the possession-starved Huskies.

The DMC line went head-to-head with the top scoring line in the country and hung a –3 on them. I’ll get more into the defense in the next section, but Cooper Marody danced throughout the offensive zone and connected with Calderone and Dancs on numerous occasions. Cooper’s first goal was a circling blind shot that snuck in short-side. Dancs added a soft goal to retake the lead, as he shot from a poor angle and was still able to deflect it off of Primeau and inside the far post. Marody’s game winner came from just outside the crease off of a deft dish from Tony Calderone, who had driven the wing and gotten to the goalline.

FWIW, the Slaker-Norris combination could have also had a couple of goals, themselves…including Norris missing a WIDE OPEN net from just under the dot. The Pastujovs-Becker line also created some havoc. Northeastern has a great scoring line, yet couldn’t always get them the puck in the offensive end. Michigan identified that and exploited it all night.

[After THE JUMP: come for the offense, stay for the defense (!). And special teams. And goaltending]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #37: Ohio State 3, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #37: Ohio State 3, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 10th, 2018 at 10:45 PM

*NOTE: Corsi numbers now UPDATED and correct.

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

12 3 44%

Second Period

20 14 48%

Third Period

13 6 42%

Overtime

3 0 75%

TOTAL

48 23 48%

Analysis: So, I cannot comment on the Corsi because I don’t know what it looks like with the power plays taken out. I am pretty sure this will be relatively accurate as I don’t remember Michigan registering many power play attempts on net.

It was not one of Michigan’s better offensive games by volume, but they had a number of good chances. Quinn Hughes was unbelievably unlucky tonight. He hit the post twice and barely missed the net on another wide open shot from the slot. The DMC line was dominant. When they were on the ice, OSU struggled to get the puck out of the zone, gave up many good looks at the net, and struggled to skate. As the lines filtered down, OSU’s chances increased.

The Wolverines didn’t have an overwhelming offensive performance, but they played well enough and created enough chances to win. Sean Romeo just played up to his standard, and Michigan drew an unfriendly post. Also, Cooper Marody’s goal in the second period might have been the Goal of the Year. He grabbed the puck, dropped it, got tripped, twisted his body, and roofed it over Romeo.

[More after THE JUMP]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #36: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 4

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #36: Michigan 7, Wisconsin 4

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 3rd, 2018 at 11:15 PM

Dancs Goal

Ol’ Dex struck goals…twice [Bill Rapai]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15 7 50%

Second Period

24 10 49%

Third Period

13 4 33%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

52 21 44%

Analysis: Much, much better from the Wolverines tonight, as they tallied six (!) even-strength goals (seven with Slaker’s empty-netter). They eviscerated the Badger defense, getting into the slot and House with ease and finishing their chances.

The DMC line was crushing Wisconsin on the forecheck and Dancs tied the game early after scooping up a loose puck in the House. Becker and Warren added jammer goals down low. Dancs had a snipe as the second period ended, and Luce flung a puck at the net from the blue line that also got through Berry.

One of the keys coming into the series for Wisconsin was to have one of their goalies steal a game. That did not happen at all. In total, they gave up 12 goals on 57 shots for a save % of .790. That’s not going to win many games or series. Michigan went into Clear, Dump, and Change Mode with a three-goal lead and Wisconsin threw the kitchen sink at the net and pulled their goalie with over four minutes left. That’s why there’s such a discrepancy in the third period. Close Corsi ended up 27-26, Michigan.

[More, including the goal of the year, after THE JUMP]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #34: Michigan 5, Arizona State 3

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #34: Michigan 5, Arizona State 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 24th, 2018 at 10:57 PM

IMG_8224

Thank you, seniors [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

16 8 73%

Second Period

17 11 50%

Third Period

13 5 48%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

46 24 55%

Analysis:  Once again, Michigan does a great job generating plenty of offense, albeit against a weak defensive team. They overpowered the Ice Devils early and often, getting in to the House and slot with relative ease. That continued through the first half of the game or so. Then, like last night, penalties and some coasting took over, and the game started to tighten up. The Wolverines were able to mostly finish this one off comfortably, though. Cooper Marody opened the scoring with a great drive down the left boards, deking Daccord and filling the net. Winborg lead a 2v1, was given the shot, and buried it. Tony Calderone also had an even strength goal on his breakaway. Going into the season-defining weekends, it will be huge to have Calderone scoring. He’s Michigan’s leading goal scorer, and they will need him once they start facing more top end defenses.

[More 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 #32: Michigan 1, Notre Dame 0

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #32: Michigan 1, Notre Dame 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 18th, 2018 at 8:49 PM

(James Coller/MGoBlog)

Captain Calderone with his signature snipe [Jamer Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

26 13 57%

Second Period

19 7 59%

Third Period

18 8 34%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

63 28 48%

Analysis: Michigan’s forecheck has been great throughout the weekend and it was on display again in the first period. They did not let Notre Dame out of their zone very often and created a number of solid chances.

Looking at their numbers overall, this is a great offensive performance. They took a lot of attempts and got into the House area for almost half of them. There is a reason that Cale Morris is a Hobey candidate, as was evident this evening. Michigan could have had a few more goals with as many good looks as they had, but Morris stole the show. For their lone goal, Dancs forced a DZTO on the boards, Marody dished to Calderone, and Calderone sniped one just off of Morris’s glove and into the net, therby concluding the scoring.

[After THE JUMP: anatomy of a sweep]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #31: Michigan 4, Notre Dame 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #31: Michigan 4, Notre Dame 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 16th, 2018 at 11:24 PM

Ah, finishing goals. [Bill Rapai]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

18 9 62%

Second Period

11 5 48%

Third Period

4 1 14%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

33 15 41%

Analysis: Michigan started this game on fire. They created multiple OMRs right off the bat and put the puck in the net twice in the opening period. Hughes ripped a shot and Winborg deflected it behind Morris. Then Dancs found the puck off of a DZTO and beat Morris short side–Morris’s only soft goal of the four. Michigan was able to get deep in the House area all period and could have had a three or four goal lead after the first. Then, it slowwwwed wayyyyyy dowwwwn.

The penalty-fest in the second kept even strength play very similar. Calderone was able to poke home a garbage goal after James Sanchez drew a lot of attention in the slot. In the third, Michigan went full Sparty and registered a 4(1). But, as Sparty would, they scored on their only House chance, as Nick Pastujov picked up a pick in the neutral zone and found his brother across the crease to give M a 4-2 lead.

Tonight is a night that we remember to put Corsi in context. Michigan played very defensively–and rightly so-in the third. The Irish also turned up the pressure, as they needed a couple of goals. The numbers were low, but the offense was fine in context tonight. Plus, they finished chances! WOO!

[After THE JUMP: a couple unbelievable even-strength stats and woop yep probably just cursed them]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #28: Wisconsin 4, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #28: Wisconsin 4, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 3rd, 2018 at 10:56 PM

IMG_7792

Yeah, kinda like that [Eric Upchurch]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

26 13 62%

Second Period

14 8 54%

Third Period

12 10 67%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

52 31 60%

Analysis: Granted, this was probably score-adjusted, but whoa. After a night where Michigan did not create anything at even strength, this looked like a different offense. Michigan took 31 attempts (60% of their total) from the House (front of the net to the dots and up to the top of the faceoff circles) and came away with no goals. Sports! Before there was any score, Michigan created about four looks that had great chances of producing a goal. So, it wasn’t all situational. If the Wolverines reproduce this, they’ll likely get four or five on the board. Hayton played well, but he had bounces go his way tonight. There were rebounds, trickles, and whiffs all night. Michigan just could not bury anything. There are nights like that, and Michigan got one when they could least afford it. Let’s see if they can reproduce this next weekend. They’ll need to do so.

[After THE JUMP: the defense held up, but the goaltending didn't]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #24: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #24: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 20th, 2018 at 10:51 PM

Post game hug

“That was all you, tonight, Hayden!” [Bill Rapai]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

21 11 53%

Second Period

13 8 38%

Third Period

15 4 33%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

49 23 41%

Analysis: Michigan did not have an exceedingly high volume of shots, but they did create a solid number of quality looks, especially when the game was within reach. As the game wound down, and Michigan nabbed their three-goal lead, they backed off and protected their blazingly hot goaltender. The second line of Warren-Norris-Slaker was the best line of the night. Probably the best thing to emerge from the weekend was a dangerous second line to complement the DMC line. It is still quite the drop to the listed third line (Sanchez-Raabe-Winborg), but the listed fourth line of Becker and the Pastujovs had a great night last night and looked relevant again tonight. Another robust test is looming next weekend for this growing offense.

[After THE JUMP: how to stop 70+ shot attempts] 

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #23: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #23: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 19th, 2018 at 11:13 PM

Jack Becker had two tallies, including a great re-direct at the top of the crease [James Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

18 8 49%

Second Period

20 8 48%

Third Period

16 7 53%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

54 23 49%

Analysis:  Going back a couple of years, Michigan has not outplayed Penn State at even strength. They pounded the Nitany Lions on the scoreboard two years ago, but that was mostly due to special teams. That was not the case tonight. They played a top-five Corsi team to a draw and generated better offensive chances with more consistency. I was not as high on Peyton Jones coming into this game, but he played very well and definitely kept his team in the game until Michigan finally blew it open late. Michigan pressured the Lion defense and got into the house area all night. They also moved the puck from side to side very well and could have scored more much earlier if not for a very nice game from Peyton Jones. Lastly: three even strength non-DMC-line goals. Ye-uh!

[After THE JUMP: the defense holds and special teams take a step in the right direction]