Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #13: Ohio State 3, Michigan 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 24th, 2017 at 9:55 PM

Therefore art thou, Romeo. Always in good position. (James Coller)

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

23 7 53%

Second Period

16 6 43%

Third Period

18 4 41%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

57 17 46%

Analysis: Michigan did tally a number of attempts on net tonight. They did not, however, get many looks form the house. I’ve found over the last couple years of tracking a number of these stats that the average percentage of attempts from the house is near 40%. Michigan was at 30% tonight. Ohio State has the best defense I’ve seen Michigan play this year, and the numbers seem to back that up. Michigan’s goals came on a nice bounce on a shot from the point that evaded multiple skaters and jumped through Sean Romeo and a tap-in just outside the crease after some nifty passing with their goalie pulled. The few chances that they did create were met by Romeo, who played quite the game when called upon. OSU’s defense was the difference in this game.

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DZTOs are bad, mmmmkay. (James Coller)

DEFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

20 5 47%

Second Period

21 9 57%

Third Period

27 11 59%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

68 25 54%

Analysis: Not great, Bob. This has been trending in the wrong direction since Big Ten play started and tonight was no exception. Michigan started well, mostly staying clean in their own end, but they got progressively worse as the game continued. Ohio State looked strong on their forecheck and ripped Michigan for a couple of goals. One DZTO behind the net and another in the slot lead to both of the Buckeye even-strength goals. Ohio State forced Michigan’s defense into those goals and Michigan could not do the same. Not only did Ohio State take a lot of attempts, but their third period was their best. Normally Michigan is the team storming in the third, but tonight Ohio State flipped the script and won the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

PP For

PP Against

PP Corsi For

PP Corsi Against

PP Shots/Min For

PP Shots/Min Against

First Period

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

Second Period

0/2 0/.5 6 3 .25 n/a

Third Period

n/a 1/2.5 n/a 9 n/a .8

Overtime

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

TOTAL

0/2 1/3 6 12 .25 .66

Analysis: Michigan was only able to draw two penalties tonight, and after getting a couple of looks on their first chance, they could barely get their second opportunity set up. Ohio State has the second best PK in the country at 91.3% and it showed. They also did a fantastic job of staying out of the box.

Michigan only took three penalties, but OSU was able to cash in on their second power play and that changed the game. Freddy Gerard sniped a snot from the point that hit a corner, giving the Buckeyes a 2-1 lead at the time. Perhaps Lavigne could have gotten to it –I do not think he was screened- but it seemed like just a great shot. Unfortunate, as that goal really got the Buckeyes rolling in the third period.

GOALTENDING

 

Shots Faced

Shots from House Faced

First Period

9 2

Second Period

9 4

Third Period

18 4

Overtime

n/a n/a

TOTAL

36 10

Analysis: Once again, a Michigan goalie gives up a few goals and once again, I thought he actually played well. In the non-conference, it looked like Michigan's defense was improving, but as the competition has escalated, so have the opportunities for opposing attackers. There is debate as to whether the power play goal was on Lavigne -from a distance but also a well-placed shot- but the other two goals were 100% on the defense. I thought Lavigne played well and actually kept Michigan within striking distance for a while. While he didn’t get barraged until the third, he did have to make a handful of nice saves and he was up to the task. The shot charts show that OSU was able to get a lot of their looks from deep in the slot/crease area and Lavigne handled that rather well, for the most part. Once again, goaltending is not the top concern for the Wolverines.

OSU’s forecheck changed the game (James Coller)

ODD-MAN RUSHES

 

Rushes

Advantages

Escape %

First Period

1 3v2 100%

Second Period

2 2v1, 2v1 100%

Third Period

2 2v1, 3v1 100%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

5 3v2, 2v1, 2v1, 2v1, 3v1 100%

Analysis: This is sliding backwards in a hurry. Unfortunately they were not related to a bad stretch, but the OMRs recurred throughout all periods. Michigan is just getting beat down the ice from their attacking zone. Fortunately, Lavigne made a couple of nice plays and OSU’s attackers could not connect on others.  The early season defensive strides seem to be slowing way down.

FINAL CORSI NUMBERS

I had: Ohio State 68(25), Michigan 57(17)

www.collegehockeynews.com had:  Ohio State 64, Michigan 58

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