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 #16: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 1

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #16: Michigan 4, Wisconsin 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on December 10th, 2016 at 10:22 PM

(Marc-Gregor Campredon)  He was 'everywhere you want to be"

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan actually did a good job creating offense in the first period.  They got 6-7 looks from the slot and lower circles.  Matrin capitalized on a bad DZTO by Wisconsin and went top shelf to beat Berry for a 5v5 goal.  Michigan totaled 21 even strength attempts.
  • SECOND: This was a special teams period (7 penalties called in total).  Michigan managed 10 even strength attempts...most of which came from beyond the circles.  Three of their attempts came from inside the circles or near the crease.  Again, though, this period is basically an incomplete, given how much time both teams were actually at even strength.
  • THIRD: Back to the usual, haha.  Michigan gets 11 attempts at the net in even strength.  4 come from the slot but nothing else is dangerous, at all.   I'm more in to even strength attempts than just shots, but M was outshot 34-19, tonight. They had a 2-1 lead and just hung on in the defensive end.  It worked out, tonight, but do that again and pucks will go in against you.  They did add 2 EN goals at the end.  To add to matters, Will Lockwood was cheap-shotted into the boards with no call.  After staying down for a while, he skated straight to the locker room, holding his shoulder.  It did not look good.  We will see what happens with that. 

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Early on, Michigan gave up a flurry of activity in from of Lavigne.  Thankfully, Wisconsin wasn't able to hit the open nets provided them.  Wisconsin was able to create quite a few chances inside and dots and a couple in the slot.  It was not as bad as it has been in the past few games, though.  More than half of their attempts came from outside the circles.  I have them registered with 20 even strength attempts that period.
  • SECOND: So...the defense was good (!!) in the second period.  Now, the Wolverines were killing 5 penalties, so...there were not many opportunities for the Badgers at even strength.  But they only registered 8 attempts on net and all of those from the perimeter.  Lots of PP attempts...but that's a different section!
  • THIRD: The 3rd period reverted back to the usual.  Wisconsin threw 28 even strength attempts at the net in the final frame.  They came from the circles, from the slot from the point.  It was an absolute barrage.  And that's not counting the Special Teams shots.  Many didn't get through or get on target...but the chances were there.  Lavigne, some nice blocks, a little luck, and Michigan survives not giving up a goal during that firestorm.  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Once again, Michigan converted on their first PP.  After Piazza had trouble getting the puck out (and almost giving away a good opportunity), Slaker lead a 3v2 and Kile sniped a beautiful shot past Jack Berry.  On the flip side, Michigan did a good job of not really letting Wisconsin get set up on their only PP of the first period.  Big early wins for Michigan in areas of strength for Wisconsin.  M: 1/1; W 0/1
  • SECOND: Michigan has 2 power plays in the 2nd period.  They score on neither but got the 1-3-1 going on their 2nd and created a few good looks.  0/2 in second.  They did, however, begin a parade to the penalty box.  Michigan took 5 penalties in the middle frame...one of them carrying over to the 3rd.  Wisconsin converted on one of them...in the crazy no-call sequence that lead to a 4v2.  When Wisconsin did get their power play set up (which they had a tough time doing), they did not get anything overly threatening.  1/5 in 2nd period.
  • THIRD: Michigan had 2 power plats in the 3rd period but did not even register an attempt on goal.  This is about right, considering Wisconsin's PK is at the top end of college hockey (#7 at 87%).  Overall, Michigan went 1/4...both above their conversion rate and below Wisconsin's kill rate.  The Wolverines also took and killed 2 more penalties in the 3rd.  Wisconsin got a few decent looks but Lavigne was there each time.  Wisconsin ended up going 1/7 on the night.  Still too many penalties.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Hayden Lavigne was very strong early on, making mutiple great saves from Grade A chances.  As the period went on, he was not as busy (yay!), but that inital steadying kept Michigan in the game for the first 5-8 minutes.  The defense also had issues clearing the puck and put him in some perilous situations.  Lavigne was also strong as the period ended, making another handful of stonings.  Wisconsin also missed a couple open nets.  Lavigne had 12 saves.
  • SECOND: Lavigne had himself another fantastic period.  He spent probably half of it on the PK and made save after save when called upon.  The Wisconsin goal was a 4v2 rush after a no-call at the other end.  Lavigne actually made the original save.  He's been in great position all night and seems to have seen the puck as well as you could expect...especially considering he's been down a man.  Lavigne had 7 saves in the 2nd.
  • THIRD: Hayden Lavigne might have had his best game as a Wolverine.  He made save after save as the game dwindled down and got Michigan to a point where they could hit an empty net a couple times.  He had 34 saves and many of them under duress with the game on the line.  

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan surrended 0 OMRs in the first period.
  • SECOND: Michigan gives up ONE 4v2 after a PK rush that Lockwood is taken down but no call.  Wisconsin scores on a rebound after great passing and an initial save by Lavigne.  I'm not sure that I'm mad about that one.
  • THIRD: Kunin had a breakaway and missed the net after Lavigne came out to challenge him.  That was all.  

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Wisconsin 56, Michigan 40 (FWIW, M was leading after 2 periods)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Wisconsin 57, Michigan 38

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #15: Wisconsin 7, Michigan 4

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #15: Wisconsin 7, Michigan 4

Submitted by NastyIsland on December 9th, 2016 at 10:28 PM

(Marc-Gregor Campredon) Dexter's face says it all

OFFENSE

  • The offense generated 2 goals, tonight, without the help of the PP.  Piazza tapped in a rebound in front of the net for Michigan's third goal -at the end of an OMR.  Cutler Martin led a 2v1 and the defender took the pass, so Martin fired a shot past Berry to bring Michigan within 2, halfway through the 3rd. 
  • Michigan actually created some offensive chances, tonight.  They got inside the circles and slot quite a few times.  They did not always convert, but there were actually more opportunities than I thought, watching live.  I had Michigan with 39 attempts, but 32 of those came in the last 2 periods.  The flip side of this is that Wisconsin gives up 3.5 goals a game.  So, its not exactly a lock-down defense.  They are good on the PK, but not so much 5v5.  Michigan took advantage to a degree, but against a defense struggling like that, I would have hoped for a bit more.
  • Michigan really has 2-3 guys that would be considered Top 6 forwards, and a couple of them are freshmen.  Its just tough going when you're trying to generate chances with guys that have mostly played on 3rd or 4th lines.  

 

DEFENSE

  • Its just not good at all.  They struggle getting the puck out of the zone.  They turn it over in the neutral zone.  They don't keep guys out of the crease.  They blow assignments, leaving guys wide open.  
  • As I look through the shot charts, Michigan's defensive zone is litered with chances.  Just in the 2nd period alone, Wisconsin had 5 shots from the lower slot/crease area and 4 of them went in.  Like...I don't know what to say with that.  The circles are filled with attempts.  Wisconsin had the puck all over the attacking zone.
  • Yost is not a fun place to be these days.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • I'm starting with the Penalty Kill.  They still take too many penalties.  Wisconsin had 2 PP goals -and they're very good on the Power Play.  They came in scoring at 23%.  When you struggle on offense like Michigan does, you just cannot give away man advantages.  Alex Kile got a 5 min major/game misconduct for checking from behind.  Michigan's captain.  Wisconsin actually did not score on that...but that's just unacceptable if you even want to give yourself a chance.  In the end, Wisconsin finished 2 of 7.
  • Michigan actually scored on their first 2 Power Play chances.  They have a respectable scoring rate at 20% and added to it, tonight.  Neither were lucky bounces or fluke goals.  They got the 1-3-1 set up and great passing between Lockwood, Allen and Piazza netted the first.  Luke Martin also tallied his first career goal from the left wing...a result of nice passing, as well.  Michigan finished 2 of 5.

 

GOALTENDING

  • Its very difficult for me to say anything negative about Hayden Lavigne in this game.  He played very well, despite Wisconsin scoring 6 goals against him.  He may have been able to make a world-class save one goal but...woof.  He was put in some perilous positions.  
  • Wisconsin's...5th? 6th? goal was a wrap around that Lavigne was beaten soundly on.  Ok, that was on him.
  • Nagelvoort came in for the 3rd and faced a lot of time on the PK.  He looked great as Michigan goalies tend to do, these days.  The Badgers also hit the post 3 times on him, FWIW.
  • The defense is and has been a nightmare.  Playing behind them is not a receipe for success.  Not even close.  

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • So, I had 0 in the first period.  There was a couple of rushes that were close but...eh, not really.
  • Wisconsin scored on b2b OMRs in the 2nd.  One of these was on 2 very favorable bounces, including Lavigne saving the puck into Piazza who deflected it past Lavigne.  Ugh.
  • Trying to keep up with a lot of what was going on, I may have missed a few more OMRs after those initial few.  Also, as Wisconsin dumped 5 goals in the 2nd, I may not have been trying to keep as close an eye on them.  The bottom line is that this team turns over the puck -in all areas of the ice- at an alarming rate...when they are lucky enough to catch hold of it.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had Wisconsin 52, Michigan 39

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Wisconsin 45, Michigan 39

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #11: Lake Superior State 3, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #11: Lake Superior State 3, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 25th, 2016 at 10:18 PM

(James Coller) The result of too many DZTOs and OMRs

 

OFFENSE

  • Michigan actually wins its first CORSI game of the season...I think?  Lake State is also 44th in RPI.  They got the puck deeper and between the circles more as the game went on.  They also did not convert.  This is the other end of the luck they have been receiving all season.  Outplaying an opponent and not converting.  Sounds like an inverted Michigan game.
  • They did create chances and forced some penalties.  That is a positive takeaway.  Unfortunately, I'm more inclined to believe this is more because of the opposition, though...
  • Wilton Speight will play, it seems.  That would be encouraging.  If he can hit something deep and stretch the field...sigh, that would be greeeeeeeat

 

DEFENSE

  • Maybe some of the better defense that M has played this year.  Most of the 5v5 opportunities were pushed away from the circles and out towards the blue line...which is where you want attempts to come from.  They did not give up TOO many chances, but both of the non-emptynetters were on the defense and not JLF.  
  • De Jong was beat behind the net and there was not rotation to the Laker in the slot on the first goal.  That would be a DZTO  The second was a hustle OMR...it will be touched on later.
  • Peppers has to make a big play, right?  Huge INT or forcced fumble.  It's going to turn The Game

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • Again, Michigan finds a way to score on the PP.  Calderone took a quick shot from the slot, keeping the puck on the ice, and slipping one between Defiel's pads.  That was it on the power play, however.  1 for 7 in total, tonight.  Woof.
  • Michigan mostly tried to go 1-3-1 with whatever lines were on the ice.  That was new.  Usually, they stay away from that after Line 1.  It also came back to bite them because they did not have a 2nd defenseman to keep the puck in the zone...which lead to the turnover...which lead to the 2v1 on which LSSU scored the winner.
  • On the PK, Michigan continued its great success, forcing LSSU to go 0 of 5.  That's still too many penalties, though...especially for a team that struggles on offense.
  • Kenny Allen has been solid since his early season hiccups.  Converting on trips into OSU territory will be a must, tomorrow.

 

GOALTENDING

  • JLF played lights out, tonight, despite letting a couple goals get by.  He really couldn't do much on either goal.  His overall ability and positioning were again on display all night.  
  • Michigan does not appear to be a very good team, overall.  However, goaltending is not an issue.  Neither is backup goaltending.
  • He also momentarily saved the game as the PP gave up a breakaway.
  • You know Harbaugh has been gameplanning for this since M was run off the field, last year.  Hiring Don Brown was evidence of that.  This is his time.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

After not giving up many OMRs over the last few weeks, old habits die hard, apparently.  Michigan surrendered four, tonight.  The first couple were nothing of note as LSSU couldn't complete a pass or even get a decent attempt on net.  The third was a Michigan PP breakaway conceded that JLF just stoned.  The last, however, was a hustle 2v1.  After a PP faceoff win, Kile couldn't keep the puck in and Piazza got back to shut down the break.  However, the 3rd man into the zone was a Laker and he fired one past a bare JLF.  OMRs up a man can happen in a 1-3-1...but this one lost the game for Michigan.  

  • Advantages for Michigan, tomorrow should be in pass defense, Peppers-ing, and general experience.  If not now, when?

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan 51, Lake Superior State 34

collegehockeynews.com said: Michigan 48, Lake Superior State 31

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #9: Michigan 4, Boston University 0

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #9: Michigan 4, Boston University 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 11th, 2016 at 10:22 PM

This is going to be an abbreviated Breakdown (mostly bullet points, etc).  I am going to try to catch the 2nd half of Hoops at Crisler and then we leave for Iowa City in the morning.  So, I'll see what I can get you, tonight...

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(James Coller)  Betcha didn't see this coming, heh heh

OFFENSE

  • Not good.  By my tally, M created 31 attempts.  This seems about on par with the rest of their season.
  • The first 5v5 goal (to make it 3-0) was an elite move by Lockwood to swim a defender and and unbelieveably difficult finish from Slaker, who had the slimmest of angles to get it inside the post.  But he did.
  • The other was an empty-netter with 4:30+ left in the 3rd.  Ok, sure.
  • Lockwood/Slaker duo looks fantatstic.  They made most of the offensive chances and seem to be the future offense of this team.
  • Alex Kile and Max Shuart did not dress.  Along with 2 other veterans.

 

DEFENSE

  • I don't want to slam this defense too much.  It was not great, but they did a decent job starting 3 freshmen and 2 sophomores.  
  • Other than a second period with multiple M penalties, the defense did a respectable job of keeping BU out of the slot/crease...especially given the talent depth for the Terriers.
  • That being said, there were still a few bad DZTOs and struggles to get the puck clear of the defensive zone.  Given the strength of the opponent, though, I've seen worse defensive performances from M this season.
  • Nolan De Jong did not dress.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • As per usual (at least the games I see), Michigan scores of 2 of their first 3 power play shots.
  • M finishes 2/5 on PP, which is still great.  They are now 10/40 on the season.  
  • With all of the suspensions, they could not go 1-3-1, setting up almost exclusively with 2 high at the points.
  • M commits a lot of penalties (6) but looks solid on the PK, killing them all and not ceding many great looks, down a man.

 

GOALTENDING

  • Hayden Lavigne was fantastic.  He absolutely stole the 2nd period.
  • Lavigne made a ton of positional saves and looked good moving around the net when he was forced to scramble.
  • He also recorded his 2nd shutout of the season...this time against a Top 10 scoring offense.  
  • Michigan will probably still rotate goalies, to a degree, but I expect Lavigne to get most of the minutes going forward. 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • Perhaps, I fell asleep, but I do not remember a single OMR for BU.  I asked around, but no one else near me could give me a single detail about one OMR they remembered.  Huh.  Obviously, even if there was one, it wasn't overly threatening, then.  Yay!
  • There was one horrendously bad DZTO where Luce centered a BU attacked from behind the net and he walked in on Lavigne.  Hayden said NO.
  • I am encouraged by this!

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had:  Boston University 55, Michigan 31

collegehockeynews.com had BU 53, M 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 #4: Michigan 4, Michigan Tech 3

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #4: Michigan 4, Michigan Tech 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 22nd, 2016 at 12:43 AM

(Paul Sherman) Late game heroics!

 

OFFENSE

Michigan tallied a season high 45 attempts at the net, tonight (courtesy of www.collegehockeynews.com ).  That is their best 5v5 offensive output, yet.  Is it growth or might it be the result of playing against another lowly WCHA team?  Ummmmm...we will see, but I'm still leaning toward the latter.  Jake Slaker notched another goal, early in the first period.  He seems to be starting to produce more on the top line.  Tony Calderone also nabbed another goal.  He got into the offensive zone on a 1v3 and did about the only thing you can do in that situation...he threw it at the net and it went in!  Hooray!  

Through the first couple periods, Michigan's attack was still rather sparse.  They only managed three attempts from between the circles, yet scored on two(!!) of those three.  Most of the rest of their attempts came from the edges of the circles or out to the perimeter.  In the third period, Michigan doubled their combined 1st and 2nd period CORSI score.  They were also better able to get the puck down low and into the slot.  The placement of attempts in the third period encourages me...but I'm going to need to see that from an entire game (or a few games) before I am ready to get excited about the offense.

 

DEFENSE

Michigan Tech generated a 57 CORSI score, tonight.  This is really not good news.  Tech is 1-5-1 after tonight's game.  They have played 5 road games (all against ranked opponents), but they are clearly not off to a great start.  Looking through the shot charts, Michigan's defense was unable to keep Tech's offense out of the slot all night.  In fact, Tech was able to get off shots from all over the attacking zone.  The second period was especially disconcerting as Michigan surrendered 35 attempts (22 on even strength).  Michigan is walking a very dangerous line with this defense.  They are struggling with intense forechecking (same as last season) and are turning the puck over before getting deep into the attacking end (also something not new).  Michigan's superior offensive talent bailed them out time and again over the last couple seasons.  With the offense taking a step (or 2) back this season, the defense really needs to play at a higher level if Michigan is to compete against better competition.  That has not happened, yet.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Jake Slaker continues to stay hot, notching another power play goal.  However, in five power play opportunities, Michigan only generated five total shots.  That is not nearly enough.  I was unable to see the game, tonight, but from what I read and heard, the power play looks slower and inexpereinced (not a total shock after losing so many contributors, last season).  It seems that they are still finding a way to take advantage of some opportunities, but unless they are able to create more chances, this rate seems unsustainable.

On the PK side, Michigan only committed four penalties.  They only surrendured six shots on those four chances.  That is definitely a number they can live with.  Improvement from the PK is a nice positive from this game.  To add to that, Will Lockwood was also able to score the GWG with under a minute left while being short-handed.  Michigan now has three short-handed goals...Max Shuart with an assist on each one.  This, also seems highly unsustainable.  But Michigan will surely take it, right now!

 

GOALTENDING

Hayden Lavigne got his second start in net, tonight, and performed well enough.  He faced a ton of shots and chances but was able to stay in front of most of them, stopping 31 of 34.  He was also forced to deal with the puck in his slot and crease quite a few times.  He looked a little shaky on one goal, according to a few different reports.  Still, seeing the sheer volume of attacks he faced, it seems difficult to expect a lot more out of the freshman.  Still, the way that all of the goalies have performed, I would expect to see LaFontaine or Nagelvoort in net tomorrow...with no disrespect to Lavigne at all.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

I was filming Cass/King at Ford Field for FBO, so I was unable to count OMRs, tonight.  Tomorrow, I should be at Yost and will finally be able to fill out this section.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

Michigan Tech 57, Michigan 45  (44% possession for Michigan)

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