“Where did he go?” “Where do WHO go?” [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

Michigan Hockey 2018-19, Game #21: Merrimack 4, Michigan 2 Comment Count

NastyIsland January 8th, 2019 at 11:00 PM

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

20 9 57%

Second Period

18 4 67%

Third Period

29 9 81%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

67 22 68%

Analysis: Any guesses what I am going to write? Michigan controls puck. Michigan takes shots. Michigan hits goalie or misses net completely. Merrimack was ranked 52nd in Pairwise coming into the game. They were –41 in goal differential. Michigan created chances and had guys in the slot and on the posts, but no one could finish their chances. Jake Slaker had a ridiculous snipe from outside the dot and Jack Summers had a bomb from the point that Vogler dropped off his own face and into the net. It is said that the NBA is a make-or-miss league; Michigan is missing its open-net opportunities.

DEFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15 5 43%

Second Period

9 3 33%

Third Period

7 1 19%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

31 9 32%

Analysis: Michigan’s defense was good, until they completely lost positioning early on (I believe it was the Cecconi/Blankenburg pairing) and allowed Kramer to streak down the center of the ice and in on a Not Breakaway. They did not force Strauss Mann into bailout saves, but clearing the zone and breaking the puck out were both sloppy all evening. The numbers were fine; the pick-six-like breakdowns were not.

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

PP For

PP Against

PP Corsi For

PP Corsi Against

PP Shots/Min For

PP Shots/Min Against

First Period

0/1 0/1 n/a 1 n/a n/a

Second Period

0/1 0/2 n/a 4 n/a .66(2/3)

Third Period

0/1 1/1 6 1 1.5(3/2) 1(1/1)

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

0/3 1/4 6 6 .75(3/4) .75(3/4)

Analysis: Michigan took a few penalties, but they didn’t give up much on the penalty kill. The goal came off of a loss on the boards to a guy alone in the slot. While that is a breakdown by a misplaced defender, I’m not faulting the penalty kill design or movement…aside from the guy who definitely left his position. Aside from that gaffe, Michigan didn’t really yield too much when they were down a man.

The Wolverines had one nice power play in the third period (similar to Saturday) where they generated a number of looks and got some shots on net. Other than that nice minute-plus stretch, there was very little of note. This was another spot where Hughes/Norris were noticeably absent.

GOALTENDING

 

Shots Faced

Shots from House Faced

First Period

14 4

Second Period

8 2

Third Period

6 2

Overtime

n/a n/a

TOTAL

28 8

Analysis: Strauss Mann started in net tonight. He was fine. Both of the first two goals were due to poorly placed defenders and very wide open attackers. The first goal was a bit of a breakaway, but Kramer just outskated the Cecconi/Blankenburg pairing and in alone on Mann. The second was a lost puck on the boards that made its way into the slot to an unmarked Petti, who scored rather easily. The third goal was a nice shot that went upper 90s off of a faceoff. None of these can be blamed on a goalie.

 

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That is an open net. [Campredon]

ODD-MAN RUSHES

Defense

Rushes

Advs

Escape%

Offense

Rushes

Advs

Scoring%

1st Period

n/a n/a n/a   2 3v2 x2 0%

2nd Period

2 1v0, 2v1 100%   1 1v0 0%

3rd Period

n/a n/a n/a   n/a n/a n/a

OT

n/a n/a n/a   n/a n/a n/a

Total

2 1v0, 2v1 100%   3 3v2 x2, 1v0 0%

Analysis: Michigan gave up a 2v1 and a breakaway but neither materialized into a goal. There were a couple others that I almost counted but at the OMR progressed, there was no advantage.

Michigan generated a couple of 3v2s that did not do much. Cecconi also had a breakaway out of the penalty box. He missed the net. Of course.

FINAL CORSI NUMBERS

I had: Michigan 67, Merrimack 31

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan 67, Merrimack 33

Comments

MH20

January 9th, 2019 at 10:48 AM ^

I think the look on Mel's face basically sums up this hockey season.

Also, I'm sure I missed it as I don't follow hockey as closely as some, but what was the reason for a midweek non-conference game during the middle of Big Ten play?

Alton

January 9th, 2019 at 12:11 PM ^

I'm pretty sure it has something to do with the Notre Dame outdoor game.

The Big Ten has a 2-part schedule.  Part 1, from November 2 to January 12, everybody plays everybody else 2 times.  Part 2, from January 18 to March 2, everybody plays everybody else 2 more times.

But something doesn't fit that pattern--the January 5 game against Notre Dame.  It appears we had a 2-game series scheduled at Notre Dame for February 15 & 16 on the original schedule, and a single game against Merrimack on January 5.  When ND wanted to do that awful outdoor hockey thing, we were asked to re-schedule Merrimack.

At least, I think that's what happened.  It fits with what we know.

truferblue22

January 9th, 2019 at 10:59 AM ^

Man. I was hoping the annual, "we found our game after the World Juniors!" experience was going to happen again. Hopefully that'll start when we actually get Hughes/Norris back.