Corsi Charts: Michigan Hockey Games 5-8

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on November 5th, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Look, I'm not naive. This is a Michigan blog in the middle of football season, and I understand that the vast majority of you are here to read about football. That's ok, I come here for that too. Having said that, I'm guessing most of us feel a lot like this .gif (which Ace posted on Twitter Sunday night). Most of us probably have visions of the interior offensive line standing by, stationary, like cops by the side of the freeway (Hey, that guy's going by us way too fast. He's gonna cause an accid...see? See, that's what I was saying). 

Forget about all that for a minute and get lost in the glorious charts of a Michigan team ranked #2 in the latest USCHO poll. That's right, there's a Michigan team that's climbing up the polls! If they continue playing the way that they have (read: willing to battle for puck possession, realtively intelligent passing, good forechecking) then there are going to be a lot of people who find a more enjoyable way to spend their Saturday nights once football season is over.

Friday, October 25 vs. Boston University (W, 2-1)

1st Period

  Michigan BU
Goals 0 1
Shots 12 4
Missed 5 2
Blocked 7 1
Total 24 8
% 75.00 25.00

2nd Period

  Michigan BU
Goals 0 0
Shots 16 7
Missed 7 3
Blocked 5 2
Total 28 12
% 70.00 30.00

3rd Period

  Michigan BU
Goals 2 0
Shots 12 7
Missed 8 6
Blocked 8 3
Total 30 16
% 65.22 34.78

Overall

  Michigan BU
Goals 2 1
Shots 40 18
Missed 20 11
Blocked 20 6
Total 82 36
% 69.49 30.51

Saturday, October 26 vs. UMass Lowell (L, 1-2)

1st Period

  Michigan UMass Lowell
Goals 0 0
Shots 12 12
Missed 0 7
Blocked 3 5
Total 15 24
% 38.46 61.54

2nd Period

  Michigan UMass Lowell
Goals 1 1
Shots 18 14
Missed 7 6
Blocked 5 4
Total 31 25
% 55.36 44.64

3rd Period

  Michigan UMass Lowell
Goals 0 1
Shots 8 10
Missed 4 4
Blocked 5 4
Total 17 19
% 47.22 52.78

Overall

  Michigan UMass Lowell
Goals 1 2
Shots 38 36
Missed 11 17
Blocked 13 13
Total 63 68
% 48.09 51.91

 

Friday, November 1 vs. Michigan Tech (W, 3-2 OT)

I am Mario and MGoBlueTV is the castle. Someday I shall breach those daunting castle walls, but last Friday was not that day. In other words, no charts.

Saturday, November 2 vs. Michigan Tech (W, 2-1)

1st Period

  Michigan Tech
Goals 1 0
Shots 10 6
Missed 5 1
Blocked 4 4
Total 20 11
% 64.52 35.48

2nd Period

  Michigan Tech
Goals 0 0
Shots 11 8
Missed 8 3
Blocked 5 5
Total 24 16
% 60.00 40.00

3rd Period

  Michigan Tech
Goals 1 1
Shots 8 10
Missed 0 3
Blocked 0 6
Total 9 20
% 31.03 68.97

Overall

  Michigan Tech
Goals 2 1
Shots 29 24
Missed 13 7
Blocked 9 15
Total 53 47
% 53.00 47.00

Assorted Thoughts

  • Winning the Corsi battle correlates with winning in the three games charted. It does not, however, correlate with scoring margin. The caveat is the small sample size, which is why I'm charting everything I possible can; we'll see how this plays out over the season.
  • Michigan has only won once (against Boston College) when they have had a worse possession percentage than their opponent in the first period. Maybe there's something to be said for starting strong.
  • Michigan has looked flat in the third period too often this year. It cost them against UMass Lowell and it could have cost them against Michigan Tech on Saturday. This "flatness" is reflected in the possession numbers above.
  • I'm collecting power play data too, but my plan is to publish that around the midseason point in a longer post.

Comments

AriGold

November 5th, 2013 at 3:13 PM ^

with your analysis, Michigan did look a bit flat in the 3rd period on Saturday night...but overall I think they played pretty well, Tech was full of really scrappy players who made a lot of last ditch efforts to try to even up the score in the 3rd...Our goaltending has been pretty great from what i've seen and I have a lot of hope for the rest of the season!

rosedani

November 6th, 2013 at 8:46 PM ^

Ah I have been looking forward to this for two weeks now. The Umass game was one I was really curious about. It felt like we were really out working them in the third until the 5 minute major killed all momentum.

 

For the third period during Tech, do you think we are actually playing "flat" or we try to protect the lead and play more dump and chase. I always see Mac taking the puck through the neutral zone in the first and second period but never in the third (just as an example of aggressiveness) . Maybe thats Red's doing or maybe we are "flat."