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

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

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

*NOTE: Corsi numbers now UPDATED and correct.

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

12 3 44%

Second Period

20 14 48%

Third Period

13 6 42%

Overtime

3 0 75%

TOTAL

48 23 48%

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

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

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

[More after THE JUMP]

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

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

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

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

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

6 2 19%

Second Period

10 8 43%

Third Period

12 6 29%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

28 16 29%

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

[Insanity ensues after THE JUMP]

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

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

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

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Thank you, seniors [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

16 8 73%

Second Period

17 11 50%

Third Period

13 5 48%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

46 24 55%

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

[More after THE JUMP]

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

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

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

There was just enough of this tonight [James Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

21 12 54%

Second Period

19 10 70%

Third Period

14 6 56%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

54 28 59%

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

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

[After THE JUMP: unspecial teams]

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

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

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

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Yeah, kinda like that [Eric Upchurch]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

26 13 62%

Second Period

14 8 54%

Third Period

12 10 67%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

52 31 60%

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

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

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #27: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #27: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 2nd, 2018 at 11:12 PM

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Dakota Raabe had quite a nice night on the PK and was rewarded with an empty-netter [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15 5 41%

Second Period

11 5 39%

Third Period

12 4 41%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

38 14 40%

Analysis: Not Michigan’s best offensive game. Each period, the Wolverines seemed to create a few nice looks at the net, but that was about it. They didn’t have a high volume of chances, nor did they overwhelm Wisconsin’s defense. Michigan’s offense was mostly buoyed by their power play. During even-strength play, Michigan could not generate a whole lot. This game seemed a lot like the second PSU game from a couple of weeks ago, and the inverse of the OSU game last Friday. There was not a lot of organic offense, but the team leaned on other realms to pull out the victory. Jack Becker did have a nice circle route on which he powered though a couple of Badgers and was rewarded with a wrister that beat Jack Berry. He has really come on in the last month.

[After THE JUMP: establishing Lavigne's baseline and looking at how special teams won the game]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #21: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #21: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 12th, 2018 at 11:32 PM

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OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

9 1 41%

Second Period

12 3 50%

Third Period

14 6 42%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

35 10 44%

Analysis: After two games of outplaying a better team, Michigan definitely ceded the puck to Minnesota for the majority of this game. Ironic that this is the one of the last three games that they won. Two of their four non-empty netters were mostly luck. Michael Pastujov threw a puck into the slot and it was kicked back at Robson and between his pads. Warren’s first goal went off of his stick heel (after making a very nice break for the slot, though) and just inside the post. To be fair, Dancs picked a corner and Marody hid a nice snipe under the bar, though, for the first and third Michigan goals. Both Pastujovs are starting to look a little more dangerous, and I also thought Sanchez created some in the offensive zone. Now, if he can just not take silly penalties...

[After THE JUMP: insane penalty stats, woooo defense?]

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

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

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

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

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

23 10 64%

Second Period

14 4 54%

Third Period

18 10 51%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

55 24 57%

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

17 7 55%

Second Period

17 4 52%

Third Period

31 11 67%

Overtime

4 1 33%

TOTAL

69 23 57%

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

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

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

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

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

Five point weekend for Ol’ Dex (Patrick Barron)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

5 4 31%

Second Period

24 10 51%

Third Period

13 5 34%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

42 19 42%

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

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