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.

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Michigan made it tough to get into the House (uh, except that one time) [JD Scott]

DEFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15 6 56%

Second Period

22 11 52%

Third Period

15 5 58%

Overtime

1 1 25%

TOTAL

53 23 52%

Analysis: Again, its tough to judge without the actual numbers, but Michigan’s defense seemed respectable. While they did fade in the third period and had trouble with clearing the puck, Michigan’s defense seemed to move the puck well and create some shots in the offensive end. Even when they were unable to clear, the defense at least helped keep play near the boards; the ice was tilted against Michigan in the third period, but play was generally outside of the House area. 

There are always little things to improve upon, but they surrendered one even-strength goal against a top tier offense. And both defensemen were back, too. I’ve definitely seen the Wolverines play worse on defense, this year. Also: Quinn Hughes is just so good.

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

PP For

PP Against

PP Corsi For

PP Corsi Against

PP Shots/Min For

PP Shots/Min Against

First Period

n/a 1/2 n/a 8 n/a .75

Second Period

0/1 0/1 1 5 n/a 1

Third Period

1/1 1/1 1 4 1 .5

Overtime

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

TOTAL

1/2 2/4 2 17 .33 .75

Analysis: Michigan took four penalties tonight and gave up two goals. Surprise. The Wolverines could not take penalties and they did. They paid for it. There’s not much left to say about this topic.

Michigan drew two penalties and did manage to score one man-advantage goal. Cooper Marody had a bananas spin-o-rama goal from the slot. That happened so soon into the second man advantage that they PA announcer didn’t finish announcing the penalty information. The other power play was blah. The Wolverines didn’t register a shot and didn’t get any dangerous looks.

Lavigne saw plenty of these and acquitted himself well [JD Scott]

GOALTENDING

 

Shots Faced

Shots from House Faced

First Period

13 6

Second Period

11 6

Third Period

10 6

Overtime

1 1

TOTAL

35 19

Analysis: I thought Hayden Lavigne played pretty well; I wouldn’t put any goals on him. Maybe the OT goal, but that was a guy walking down the slot as the odd man. He did leave some pucks in the crease and there were definitely rebounds to be had. Michigan’s defense did a solid job of clearing most of those away, though.

Lavigne also struggled with the trampoline boards. Multiple times the puck came ricocheting off the boards and trickled back to him. He lost it underneath himself and was lucky that the puck didn’t go into the net. He did make a number of great saves, though, including multiple from the low slot/crease area. The goals weren’t his fault, but the puck control still remains an issue.

ODD-MAN RUSHES

Defense

Rushes

Advs

Escape%

Offense

Rushes

Advs

Scoring%

1st Period

n/a n/a n/a   n/a n/a n/a

2nd Period

n/a n/a n/a   4 2v1, 3v1, 3v2 x2 0%

3rd Period

n/a n/a n/a   n/a n/a n/a

OT

1 3v2 0%   n/a n/a n/a

Total

1 3v2 0%   4 2v1, 3v1, 3v2 x2 0%

Analysis: In the second period, Michigan created 4 OMRs. They forced one save, missed two passes, and had the period run out on the fourth.

Michigan surrendered one OMR by my count. It came 30 seconds into overtime and Matthew Weis beat Lavigne five-hole. That’s it. Just one. But it certainly counted. There were others that were close-ish but nothing definite. Give up one, get scored on in overtime…sounds like Columbus.

FINAL CORSI NUMBERS

I had: Ohio State 55(25), Michigan 48(23)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Ohio State 55, Michgan 23

Comments

sambora114

March 11th, 2018 at 8:09 AM ^

is the truth

Good effort but such is hockey. At least Penn State lost so no championship game at Yost was squandered. Excited for the tournament, the team looks ready

SyracuseWolvrine

March 11th, 2018 at 10:02 AM ^

The OT goal went 5 hole, and Lavigne's stick wasn't down. It also looked like he may have slid a little too far to the right, so wasn't at a great angle. As you mentioned, it was an OMR shot from the slot, so not totally on him, but it looked like had he played it a bit differently, it wasn't going in.

Sambojangles

March 11th, 2018 at 7:09 PM ^

The Marody goal was on the top plays on the Sportscenter snapchat story. Kinda cool to see them showcase college hockey since the top plays are big dunks 99 percent of the time.

Hab

March 12th, 2018 at 9:01 AM ^

Lavigne needed to stand on his head.  Hopefully he puts this one behind him and can refocus for the NCAA tourney. 

Also, the phrase "acquitted himself well," while probably true, is fast becoming the key phrase to go to when you play ok, but not quite good enough.

NastyIsland

March 12th, 2018 at 10:22 AM ^

Yeah, he's a decent goalie. Sometimes, he'll play really well and basically steal games, but I think his consistent level is a few notches below that. He doesn't look comfortable with the puck, outside of the crease, though...as it really showed on Saturday. His rebound control and puck-finding are both incinsistent, as well. But, he's really big and gets in the way a lot, so that can overcome some technical deficiencies, sometimes. If Michigan plays good defense around him, its usually enough for them to be in the game at the end, if not positioned to win.