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 #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 #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

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #27: Wisconsin 5, Michigan 2

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #27: Wisconsin 5, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 18th, 2017 at 12:07 AM

The next 3 games are all 50/50 for me right now, just a heads up...

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(Patrick Barron) Not all JLF's fault...but hockey is sad, these days

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan definitely had their chances in the first.  They had a couple OMRs (one came shorthanded, though), and got into the slot and crease a few different times.  By the numbers, Michigan generated 19 even strength attempts with 9 of those coming from home plate.  This is great!  They didn't get one to go but created many nice looks and flubbed a couple of their best chances.  This is equivalent to the first couple periods of the OSU series a couple weeks back.  
     
  • SECOND: Once again, Michigan generated some decent looks in the attacking end.  They created 15 even strength attempts and got 6 from home plate.  They're above 40% from the dangerous area.  This is above their average.  They missed a few great chances, including a breakaway and another 2v1.  Michigan started and finished the period very strongly but got caught up in the penalty fest in the middle of the period. While Berry is making some good saves, they're also not getting a lot of their best chances on frame.
     
  • THIRD: The eyeball test said Michigan had a great third period.  They held the puck deep in the Badger zone for multiple long stretches and kept pressure in the attacking end for most of the third period.  Except...no one could find (or hit) the net.  Finally Wisconsin Michigan'd a lovely DZTO right to Winborg who slid it across to Allen along in the low slot and he beat Berry to tie the game.  The shot chart backs this up as Michgan has a 16(7) in the third.  I guess I was expecting a bit higher, but a 50 is actually one of their better scores on the year.  That's also 44% from HP on a relatively high volume...which means they couldn't get anything past Berry or any of their best looks on frame.  Ugh...this season.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan allowed 16 even strength attampts and 7 from home plate.  This is not so good.  The overall total isn't the worst but the near 50% HP ratio is not great.  They also had some trouble clearing the puck and breaking out.  Going to need a better 2nd period.  With a crazy assist to physics, the first period goal does fall on the defense.  The puck is shot wide of the net an took an odd bounce around to the other side of the net. Unfortunately, no one was marking Trent Frederic.  He waited for JLF to drop and lifted it to the roof of the net.  Probably need to check that guy.
     
  • SECOND: Almost an idential period for Michigan on defense, again.  Wisconsin goes 16(6) in the 2nd.  Still a little too easy for Wisconsin to get the puck into dangerous places, though.  The goal was when Michigan was down a man, so it technically isn't going against the defense. However, it was poor man-marking that lead to the goal as no one checked the guy bringing the puck into the zone.  That needed to be addressed in this section.
     
  • THIRD: It started so well and then dropped like a sack of flour.  Michigan actually gave up the most chances in the third: 17(10).  At least half of those had to have come in the last five minutes as the wheels were flying off like one of Pharaoh's chariots in the Red Sea.  Michigan was dominating in the attacking end and then all of a sudden everything came sliding back to their own end.  After JLF took a curious clear, Luce marked his man in the slot, but didn't really touch him and Frederic was able to tap a centering pass behind LaFontaine.  Then, a gorgeous behind the back pass finds Zirbel between two more M defenders who goes upper 90 on poor Jack.  The 5th goal also came from just outside the crease after another silly DZTO.  There were certainly enough of those all night, but eventually the lack of marking and puck clearing came back to blitz Michigan's beleaguered defense.  In the end, they gave up 49 shots from even strength and 23 from inside home plate.  That's 47%.  That's awful.  It's also the 2nd highest percentage M has surrendered this season.  Only the trip to Vermont was worse.

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan draws no penalties in the first.  They take one, though...but it was soft.  Nothing comes of it, though.  Wisconsin barely got their power play set up.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan gets their first power play due to lazy miscommunication on the Badger bench.  The Wolverines quickly set up their 1-3-1 and a dot-to-dot feed from Slaker to Marody gave Michigan a power play goal.  When they can get their power play set up, they've been very dangerous.  Michigan took two more penalties and it came back to bite them.  Wisconsin scored on their second opportunity.  A simple give and go at the blue line and neither Cutler nor Shuart stayed with Hughes and he walked right in on JLF and scored.
     
  • THIRD: Not much special teams action in the third.  Michigan got a power play early and created numerous great looks but could not score.  It was similar to their overall offense from the night: a lot of swarming puck control with good chances but not enough on frame or obviously in the net.  They also got another power play late, after the game was 5-2.  I don't know how that one looked.  Obviously.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Jack LaFontaine started in net and look good to start.  I don't put the goal on him.  He was bumped on one side of the net, thrown off balance, lost his stick, and had no chance to make the save on the opposite side of the net.  Crazy bounce off the boards.  He did show nice positioning and made a few stops with attackers crashing the net around him.  Apparently, he's over whatever hurt him midway through the game, last Saturday.  He had 10 saves.
     
  • SECOND:  JLF was mostly solid in the middle frame.  He stopped 10 more shots and was betrated by lazy defending for the second goal.  The only slip was a shot from a 90 degree angle that got into has pads.  As he reached back to check, he fell back into the net and the puck squirted out across the goalline.  Fortunately for him, the whistle had already blown.  Since the ref had lost sight of the puck, blowing the whistle was probably the right move, but it would have been a soft goal, otherwise.  Aside from that, he minimized chances and was up to anything that was thrown at him.
     
  • THIRD: Another up and down period for JLF.  Stoned a breakaway.  Hung out to dry in his crease as the puck is turned over time and time again below the dots.  Still, with Michigan dominating the third period, tied at 2, JLF has the puck behind his net and clears the puck around the left boards with no Wolverine player in its path and a Badgers steps in and keeps the puck in the zone.  A couple of passes later and the puck is in the net.  Now, the defense didn't help later, but it started with a curious clearing decision.  The last couple goals were not on him, but just a good -not great- performance in net.  He definitely showed what he was capable of doing, but JLF also had a couple of whoops moments, as well.  He's still only a freshman.  He had 26 saves.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan surrendered one 2v1.  Attacking Badger may have had his skate grazed but was losing control on his own.  Didn't get a shot away, regardless.  Boka did go to the box, though.  Nothing else.
     
  • SECOND: Wisconsin gets a 3v2 that turns into a 5v5 and a shot from the point that doesn't go in.  So...eh.  But they follow that with a 2v1 that Boka gets caught flat-footed at the Wisconsin blueline.  The pass was behind an open Besse or else the Badgers would have had an OMR goal.
     
  • THIRD: On a powerplay, Michigan gave up a breakaway.  JLF stoned it for his best stop of the night.  Four OMRs tonight.  The total is creeping up the last couple weeks.  At this point, whatever, I guess.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan 50, Wisconsin 49

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 53, Wisconsin 47

 

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #26: Michigan State 4, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #26: Michigan State 4, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 11th, 2017 at 10:44 PM

(Bill Rapai) Yeah, pretty much...
 

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Yawn.  Like, nothing?  Michigan had 13 even strength attempts and 3 of those came from home plate.  Everything else was from quite a distance.  Of those 13 attempts, 5 were on frame.  This was Michigan from a few weeks ago.  I really can't remember anything worth mentioning.  
     
  • SECOND: Michigan created 9 even strength attempts.  That's not good at all.  At least 6 of those came from home plate?  Yay.  So, when they could look to the net at even strength, it was probably from a decent spot.  This is an anomaly and I don't really know what to say about it...thank you for skewing the data?  They're going to need more than 9 looks at the net per period.
     
  • THIRD: So, Michigan created 19(6) in this period.  Which...does not feel like was what I saw.  Ten of those were on frame.  I guess 5 were on the power play.  That makes a little more sense.  Michigan ends with a 42(14) at 33%.  42 is low-ish (overall, not for M this season) and 33% is average for the season.  Michigan won 3rd period corsi by 10, mostly because the actual score was 4-0 for the entire period.  So, this stat is a little skewed tonight.  And honestly, there were 21 combined penalties, so even strength time was very limited.  

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan allowed 20 even strength attempts but only 5 from inside home plate.  Of those 20, 14 were on frame.  MSU threatened once on a 2v1 and another few times on some bad clears or sloppy passes.  JLF had to be sound a few times, but that was mostly in the last 6-7 minutes of the first period.  Before that...not a whole lot happened.  This looked like a game between #5 and #6 in the Big Ten.  Oh, look at that...
     
  • SECOND: So, the defense was not good.  There were missed clears, DZTOs, and failed passes all around.  Oddly, there were somehow only 13 even strength attempts on net for MSU...and only 3(!?!?) came from home plate.  This is a weird game.  MSU had 2 shorthanded attempts from the slot.  Insert shruggie here.  Michigan's problem was not as much the sheer volume but the bad DZTOs.  Piazza and Dancs combined for a terrible one that resulted in a mini in-zone breakaway that was converted.  Ugh.  If it's not one thing, its another with this defense.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan allowed only nine even strength attempts in the third period.  Four of those nine came from home plate.  That's not a great ratio, but the overall total is fantatsic.  Over half of MSU's attempts came on special teams.  Normally, I stand by these corsi numbers, but tonight's are a little deceiving.  Michigan had a bad goaltending gaffe, a really bad SH goal against, an AWFUL DZTO, and a lucky shot from the boards that all went in...and pretty much nothing else.  The overall defense has been bad, but it is not accurately reflected in the corsi numbers from tonight.  This game is an outlier.  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: I mean, not really.  Michigan drew a penalty and barely got their power play set up.  It was not inspiring.  On the plus side, they did not take a penalty.
     
  • SECOND: Penalties for everyone!  Michigan had three power play chances, but scored on none of them.  They did look threatening on their 2nd and 3rd opportunities, though.  Unfortunately, they gave away a shorthanded goal on a 2v0.  Lethemon made a few nice saves and the Wolverines still have not scored against MSU at Yost, this season.  Michigan also gave away three powerplays to MSU.  They also looked threatening but did not score.  They did however tally right at the end of one of theirs...so, kinda a power play goal?  Sure, but not statistically.  
     
  • THIRD: Michigan somehow had five (!!) powerplays in the third period.  Wow.  Apparently, they had their chances.  Anyway, they finally scored on the last opportunity to get their first goal against MSU at Yost, this season.  Michigan gave MSU two more powerplays in the third.  MSU scored on neither of them  They did however score another shorthanded goal that was a shot pass at the net that Nagelvoort just fanned on.  In the end, MSU went 0/5 and M went 1/8.  

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Jack LaFontaine started in net and he did not have much to do for a while.  As the period progressed, MSU started controlling more and he was forced to make a few tough saves.  JLF was up to the task, though.  He hasn't started since the PSU series, but it was difficult to tell.  After a couple of soft goals last night, it was not a surprise to see JLF in net.  Lavigne has played very well, lately, but last night was an excuse to give someone else some playing time.  In the end, JLF made 14 saves in the first period.
     
  • SECOND: Jack LaFontaine played the first half of the second period before getting injured.  He looked good while he was playing.  Boka was checked into the post and hit JLF in the process.  He skated around, stayed in the game, but ultimately came out at the following whistle. The goal he conceded was a fling from the boards that went through at least two skaters and apparently evaded his vision, as he had no idea the puck was by him. He ended up with 18 saves on 19 shots.  Nagelvoort came in to relieve him.  He was not put in good situations, as neither goal he allowed was his fault at all.  The first was a bad DZTO between Piazza and Dancs where Osburn walked right in a roofed one above Nagelvoort.  The second was a 2v0, shorthanded.  Nagelvoort has no shot on either.
     
  • THIRD: Nagelvoort actually had a good period...after the first goal.  So, he had to be off-balance, but...an attacker was fading away from the net and just half-heartedly flailed a puck at him and he slid right by/over it and it went into the net.  No one was in the way.  That's about how this game went.  He actually looked good after that mess.  Stuffed a couple breakaways and was solid, holding his posts a few times.  Goaltending wasn't the reason M lost this game.  The 4th goal was not great, though.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST:  MSU had two OMRs.  The first was a 3v2 that ended in nothing really.  I don't think the puck ended up anywhere near the net.  The second OMR was at the end of a shift for M and Cox beat Calderone down the ice.  Calderone did close well and impacted his shot...that JLF saved, anyway.  
     
  • SECOND: MSU gets a 2v0 breakaway, shorthanded and beats newly-inserted Zach Nagelvoort.  2v0 shortanded is pretty bad.
     
  • THIRD: MSU had 2 semi-breakaways...Nagelvoort stopped both.  OMRs were a problem, tonight.  Only 1 goal allowed, but 4 breakaways and a threatening 2v1.  This hasn't happened in a while.  Glad to see these are back, too...

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan State 42, Michigan 41   HOW????  THIS MAKES NO SENSE.

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan State 43 , Michigan 41 

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #25: Michigan 5, Michigan State 4 (Shootout)

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #25: Michigan 5, Michigan State 4 (Shootout)

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 10th, 2017 at 11:15 PM

(Bill Rapai)  The Captain certainly did his part

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan gets 14 attempts in even strength.  Of those 14, 5 came from the home plate area.  Both of Michigan's goal also came from even strength.  Slaker drove and created the first as he ripped a shot that was deflected behind the net.  He got to his rebound and threw it back at Minney who got it lost in his pads before kicking it into his own net.  A bad goal to surrender but props to Slaker for putting the pressure on Minney.  The second goal was a scramble in front and Shuart poked one into Minney who lost a second puck through himself into his own net.  Michigan got deep in the slot/crease as the period progressed and it paid off in this period.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan had a productive offensive period.  They generated 16 even strength attempts, including 5 from the dangerous area.  They also got 10 shots on frame.  While most of their attempts were from distance, the did drive most of the play and controlled the puck.  It ended up paying off with a couple penalties and that's where Michigan tied the game.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan had its best offensive period in the third, registering 18 attempts in even strength and getting 9 of those from in the dangerous area.  Lethemon made a couple of game-savers with his team down a goal or else Michigan would have had this put away.  The one goal they did generate was a snipe form De Jong (again) from above the circles.  Cutler Martin looked to screen and De Jong buried his 4th career goal.  Michigan was able to get into the home plate quite often, creating 40% of the attempts from a dangerous spot.  That's above their 34% season average and their 30ish% average against State earlier this season.  
     
  • In OT, M had a corsi score of 5(2), with a couple nice looks to win the game.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan's defense was not as bad as it first seemed, watching the game live.  They gave up 13 even strength chances but only 3 from the dangerous area.  When in even strength, Michigan did a good job of keep the chances to the perimeter.  The even strength goal did come from an unmarked guy (not great) but he was below the dot and Lavigne had position but weirdly moved on the shot.  They did have some giveaways and bad clears but overall limited the quality looks.
     
  • SECOND: A great defensive 2nd period from the Wolverines.  They only allowed three shots on goal, eight even strength attempts, and ONE from the home plate area.  That's one of the best defensive periods that Michigan has played during this season.  Granted, Michigan had two power plays and MSU did not have any, but minimizing MSU's even strength attempts and keeping them away from the center of the defensive zone is a cornerstone of defensive success.  Well done, this period.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan, again, only allowed 14 even strength attempts.  That's higher than earlier in the game, but still managable.  Unfortunately, 7 of those came from the home plate area.  That's not a great ratio.  The one goal was off a bad giveaway by Luce in the defensive end.  He lost the puck in his skates and an attacker centered it to an open man in the slot who tied the game, late in the third.  Adam and I debated on twitter if the blame was more on Luce for the DZTO or Boka for not checking the slot attacker.  Either way, neither is a good look and it ended up costing Michigan a win.  State ended up with 41 attempts and 13 coming from the home plate area.  That's about 31% which is slightly lower than Michigan's season average of 33%.  In their previous series, State got 28% of their attempts from dangerous areas.  So, an blah third period after two much better periods...and then one terrible sequence.
     
  • In OT, M allowed a 6(2) corsi score and a lucky bounce off the pipe and Lavigne's head to get to a shootout.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Not great.  Michigan did not draw a penalty, but took two penalties.  Cutler Martin blasted a Spartan really late after the puck was way gone.  Hotaek says that Martin is very fired up for MSU games and plays a bit too physical, wanting to wreck somebody.  The second penalty was Appleton stick-handling through all four M skaters before being taken down by the other Martin.  That was just lazy defending all around.  State ended up getting a 5v3, the puck never left the zone, and a tried Michigan trio was late to harassing the crease-front tap-in.  No chance for Lavigne.  
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's first power play chance was effective but they did not convert.  Minney made a couple nice saves to limit their threat.  On their 2nd PP, they were able to convert, though, as Nolan De Jong waited and then ripped a shot from just outside the dot that went past a terrific screen in front of Lethemon.  Michigan also did NOT take a penalty in the second period.  Hooray!
     
  • THIRD/OT: There were no power plays for either team in the third period.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Not a great period for Lavigne.  He's beaten short side from a wide angle shot...on which he's on the post. While the shooter wasn't marked, Lavigne was seemingly where he needed to be and it still got by him.  He also looked a little sloppy in his rebound control and even some positioning.  He settled down as the period went along, though.  Lavigne ended up with 7 saves.
     
  • SECOND: Lavigne had another uneven period.  He was tested a lot, facing only 3 shots.  He did let one get past him, though.  A shot from the boards to his right hit a couple bodies and changed speeds.  As the puck finally approached him, he vacated his spot on the right post and an attacker immediately poked the puck between his recently moved skate at the post.  Not sure where he was going.  Very un-Lavigne-like game, so far. 
     
  • THIRD: Lavigne had his best period. He faced six shots on frame and the only one he didn't stop was bad turnover deep in the defensive zone that was finished by a one-timer in the slot of an unchecked attacker.  He also made 2-3 very good saves and was more consistent with his positioning and puck control.  Not a great game, overall, but got better as the game progressed.  
     
  • OT: Lavigne stopped one shot and headed one away after it hit the crossbar.  He was also 4/5 in the shootout.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: I did not see Michigan give up an OMR.
     
  • SECOND: Another OMR-less period.
     
  • THIRD: MSU had a 2v1 after forcing a turnover at the Michigan blue line.  Lavigne made a relatively routine save to squelch that.  That's all.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan 53, Michigan State 41

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 51, Michigan State 43

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #24: Ohio State 6, Michigan 5

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #24: Ohio State 6, Michigan 5

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 4th, 2017 at 10:38 PM

I arrived just into the second period.  So, analysis for the first two periods will be short and just numbers-based.

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(James Coller)  Oh look, he's uncovered in the crease

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan tallied 27 even strength attempts, including 8 from the home plate  area.  That's slightly less than a third coming from the dangerous area...which about their average this season.  They also generated two goals from even strength.  Both of these are welcome continuations from the first couple periods of last night's game.  Looks like I missed a good offensive period.  
     
  • SECOND: Michigan was only able to generate 12 even strength attempts on net, which included 5 from the home plate area.  They did score twice from the dangerous area, though.  I would like more attempts on net from even strength but there were eight penalties called, so that does limit 5v5 time.
     
  • THIRD: It's like a carbon copy of last night's game.  Michigan took 13 attempts on net with 4 coming form the home plate area.  And only 2 were remotely near the crease.  Pretty much everything was from the perimter.  Like last night, Michigan came out with a ton of energy and firepower in the first and just kept fading as the game continued.  After OSU tied it at 5, I was just waiting for overtime...or the OSU game-winner.  Michigan ended up with 52 (18)...35%.  However, that number kept dropping as the game dragged on.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan allowed 14 even strength attempts in the first period, including 6 from the home plate area.  Ohio State tallied one even strength goal and it also came from inside the dangerous area.  Allowing 14 (6) has been a lot better than may of the periods this year, though.  Progress?
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's defense took a step back in the second period, allowing 18 even strength attempts (8 of which came from the dangerous area).  Now, we're pushing close to 50%.  That's way too high.  Most of OSU's best looks came from the power play, but still...too many attempts are still coming from way too close to the net.
     
  • THIRD:  Michigan allowed 16 even strength attempts and 7 from inside the home plate area.  OSU's offense was stimulated by their power play, but they still had a too many good looks close to Lavigne (who made multiple bail-out saves).    In the end, Michigan allowed 48 even strength attempts with 21 coming from the home plate area.  That's 44%.  Woof.  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan drew one power play, took a shot, and scored on it.  Hooray!  Apparently, Dancs had a sick backhanded pass to Slaker who earned the tally.  Michigan did allow two power plays against them and OSU was able to convert on one of them.  I've heard it was quite a snipe.  OSU's power play is living up to its billing.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan got one power play and did not convert.  It did not look super threatening, either.  They did allow three more power plays and OSU scored on two of them  Michigan's penalty has been less than stellar in this series, but OSU has moved the puck well and generated nice looks on both of their special teams goals.  If M is going to hang on in the third, they will definitely need ot stay out of the box.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan took another penalty (two actually for a 5v3) and gave up another goal.  I talk more about it later.  They just took way too many penalties for the quality of their PK (poor, lately anyway) and OSU's PP (very, very good).  Michigan did not draw a penalty in the third period.  OSU finished 4/7 and Michigan finished 1/2.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Hayden Lavigne started in net again and saved 8/10 shots.  My fellow colleagues say that neither goal was his fault and that one goal was quite impressive.  I really cannot add anything to this.
     
  • SECOND: Once again, from what I was able to see, Lavigne played fine, I think.  He made 12 more saves and both goals came on the power play, one of which was a slick high-low pass to an unchecked attacker (surprise!) outside the crease.  
     
  • THIRD: Two more goals beat Lavigne in the third period.  The first was a 3v2 break that was tipped off a great pass.  The second was a centering pass from below the goal line to an uncovered guy in the high slot and he one-timed it past Lavigne who...there's no way he saw it.  Unmarked guys, man.  Not much goalies can do with them.  Also, he made about 3-4 crazy saves just to keep Michigan around.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: I had none, obviously.   But, the consensus up here is that there weren't any.
     
  • SECOND: I saw one that looked like a semi-breakaway on which the attacker was interfered with and lead to a penalty.  
     
  • THIRD: On a 5v3 PK, Slaker tries to go short-handed and gets caught up ice.  Easy 3v2 and a great centering pass and tip beat Lavigne.  I think that way it...but again, very eggregious.  Blah.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan 52, Ohio State 48

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 56, Ohio State 49

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #23: Michigan 5, Ohio State 4

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #23: Michigan 5, Ohio State 4

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 3rd, 2017 at 11:14 PM


Ryan McLoughlin (Hat Trick Hero)

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: So, that was really good.  Michigan had a Corsi of 29 (!!!) in the first period.  Maybe their best  offensive period of the season?  They also generated 13 looks from inside home plate.  Spoiler: that's more than OSU had from anywhere on the ice in the first.  Allen's goal came off a roofed shot after a faceoff scrum.  Winborg had Michigan's second goal.  Luce ripped a pass (in the press box, we're debating if it was a shot or a pass) off the boards from the point and Winborg posted up at the left post, pivoted nicely and beat Frey.  This was a very impressive period.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan backs up their uber-strong first period with a 16 in Corsi in the second.  Six of their sixteen came from the home plate.  Marody ran a beautiful play action fake with Sanchez to free himself near the top of the circle and rifled a shot past Frey.  Chad Pennington would be proud.  Michigan has gotten great looks all game and are finishing their chances.  This has been their best first couple of periods I have seen them play offensively so far this season.
     
  • THIRD: Back to normal.  Ten even strength attempts and one from the home plate.  And it was barely inside the top end of the home plate.  Half of their attempts came from outside the dot on the right attacking circle.  The remaining four were literally in different corners.  OSU's defense was A LOT better and there was little M did about it.  Good thing they banked early in the first two periods.  But, unfortunately, I think this is more of what we see tomorrow night.  It just took OSU a couple periods to wake up.  Hopefully, I am wrong.  Michigan ended with 55 total even strength attempts with 21 coming from the home plate area.  That's 38% when they average getting 33% on the season.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Ohio State's 2nd ranked attack generated three attempts inside home plate and just 12 overall in the first period.  Lavigne made some fantastic stops, but the defense did a good job of limiting chances.  /looks around /quietly backs away  SHHHHHHHHH!!!! 
     
  • SECOND: The second wasn't QUITE as good as the first, but they still held OSU's powerful offense to 15 even strength attempts and 7 from home plate.  This is better than the usual.  The majority of their attempts came from Lavigne's left and far enough away.  There are still some gaffes and awkward breakdowns, but they look a little more contained...or they are just not paying for them as badly.  We will see...
     
  • THIRD: Also, more back to normal.  As I was writing the bit about the second period, OSU's goal rush was occuring.  In the end, they attempted 19 even strength shots and 8 from the home plate.  That's about 42% of their period attempts coming from the dangerous area.  Lavigne may have flubbed one of them, but he also robbed quite a few others in previous periods.  This was more of what I expected.  37% of their 46 attempts came from the home plate area.  M averages giving up 32% on the year.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST:  Michigan drew their penalty very early but could not score.  Ohio State has a Bottom Ten penalty kill, so if M can continue to get more opportunities, I like their chances of connecting.  Michigan ended up taking two penalties in the first.  Ohio State has the 4th ranked power play at 25% but could not score.  They did generate a few good looks but missed the net on a could and Lavigne tracked the ones on frame.  Their second penalty will carry over into the second.  Marody took it at the offensive blue line.  No more of those, please.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan draws three more penalties in the second and converts on two of them.  The first goal was a scramble in the crease that Marody poked in.  The second was a beautiful cross-ice one-timer from Piazza to Marody who beat Frey across the crease.  Michigan set their power play up nicely all period and was rewarded for it.  They did take three more penalties but killed the first couple (the third will carry over).  Again, OSU with a few good chances, but Lavigne was there for all but the one he lost track of off the crazy bounce.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan draws two more penalties but does not convert on either.  They also did not register an attempt on net.  They took two more penalties, in addition to the carryover penalty.  Technically, OSU went 2/3 in that period.  The first goal was a harmless shot that Lavigne whiffed.  The 2nd was a deflection from the slot.  Joshua was credited with the goal, but it easily could have gone off of Cecconi's stick, as well.   On top of those, they created a ton of other missed chances, too.  I can definitely believe that power play is a college elite one.  

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Hayden Lavigne didn't have to face as many shots, but the ones he did see were some great opportunities.  He shut them all down.  Lavigne looks absolutely fantastic.  JLF might be higher touted, Nagelvoort might be more experienced, but I am completely comfortable with Lavigne in net, right now.  He made seven good stops.
  • SECOND: Once again, Lavigne has a tremendous period.  He saved another 8 shots and always seemed to be in the correct position.  The only goal was off a funky bounce in the slot that he lost track of, turning to his right when it went to his left.  Easy tap-in.  I don't really blame him for that one.  OSU has also hit the post a couple of times.  Overall, he's been strong as usual.
     
  • THIRD: Well, as I write this, the PA system is blaring "I Will Survive" and that's about right.  After two great periods, the first 30 seconds really did Lavigne in hard.  He faced a visible shot from the top of the circle and just completely whiffed on it...6 seconds into the start of the period.  That was bad.  Then, 30 seconds later, there is a bit of a scramble in front of him and the poke gets poked between his legs.  I did not see this goal at all (as about 40 things are transpiring) but that is the consensus of those around me.  The 4th goal was not on him as a shot going wide hits a stick a few feet in front of him and hits the back of his net.  So, maybe not a bad period but not a great first minute.  That completely changed the tone of the third period.  He was strong for the rest, stopping about 10ish more shots.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: There was one OMR in the first.  Piazza turned the puck over entering the zone on the power play and OSU had a breakaway.  Lavigne shut it down for his first save of the game.  That's all.  Not many, but a big one.
     
  • SECOND: OSU came in on a 3v1 and Cecconi tied up one guy, flailed around on the ice, and the shot ended up hitting the crossbar.  Valiant effort by Cecconi, but the bar bails everyone out.  That's it. 
     
  • THIRD: OSU ended up getting a tic-tac-toe connection to get a guy in alone on Lavigne but he made the save.  That's 3 OMRs which isn't a ton...but they were all pretty bad.  Michigan was lucky to not give up a goal on any of them.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan 55, Ohio State 46

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 48, Ohio State 35

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I will be coming from Crisler tomorrow night, so we the first couple periods will be purely numbers based.  Hopefully, more insight during the 3rd period.

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