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 #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 #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