Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #4: Michigan 3, Vermont 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 24th, 2017 at 10:03 PM

Pucks to the net, man (Bill Rapai)

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15

7

45%

Second Period

10

4

53%

Third Period

24

9

52%

Overtime

n/a

n/a

n/a

TOTAL

49

20

50%

 

Analysis: This was a bit of a downgrade from Friday night's performace. There were not the 'wide open' rush looks that Michigan generated in the previous game. Vermont sat back a little more in the third period, and the Wolverines were able to create a few flurries deeper in the House. It was tougher to see from my the angles that I was viewing from -who knew the scoreboard feed was a giant step down from the Press Box? So, I'm not going to make too many claims. The was about as 50/50 as you can get, even down to House Shots. Lekkas got a little leaky and let in a couple of soft goals. Michigan was fortunate to win this toss up game.

 

 

DEFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

18

7

55%

Second Period

9

6

47%

Third Period

22

6

48%

Overtime

n/a

n/a

n/a

TOTAL

49

19

50%

 

Analysis: As stated above, this was the definition of a 50/50 game. Michigan allowed more attempts than they did the previous night, but they did not get shelled by any means. They also did not give up an even strength goal. This is not as tight as would be ideally desired, but this is an acceptable performance. I think holding opponents under 40 attempts -like Friday- is not going to happen very consistently for many teams. Michigan's defense is probably a little crsiper than Saturday night's game, but I wouldn't think it is a ton better. They're going to have to win a few more games like this one...hopefully with a tad more offensive possession or some Special Teams contributions.

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

 

 

PP For

PP Against

PP Corsi For

PP Corsi Against

PP Shots/Min For

PP Shots/Min Against

First Period

0/2

n/a

6

n/a

.5

n/a

Second Period

0/1

1/3

1

7

.5

.5

Third Period

0/1

n/a

3

n/a

.5

n/a

Overtime

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

TOTAL

0/4

1/3

10

7

.5

.5

 

Analysis: Michigan's Special Teams units were not exactly stellar in their fourth outing. They gave up a short-handed goal in the first period (which I am apparently not charting). That was an awful turnover behind their net and Lavigne was hung out to dry. They also surrendured a power play goal in the second frame. That one was a big more unlucky as the puck bounced to an open area out of a scrum and the open man tucked it away. Those will happen. On the positive side, Michigan only took three penalties -actually four with the matching minors- on the entire night. That is also acceptable. I cannot comment on what they did on the power play because my view was not good enough to elaborate, unfortunately.

 

 

Lavigne spit out every 5v5 attempt (James Coller)

GOALTENDING

 

 

Shots Faced

Shots from House Faced

First Period

9

4

Second Period

9

6

Third Period

11

4

Overtime

n/a

n/a

TOTAL

29

14

 

Analysis: As promised by Mel Pearson, the goalie rotation continued through the second set of games and Hayden Lavigne got his second turn in net on Saturday. Both goals he gave up were not his fault by any means...and neither was of the even strength variety. Lavigne also had a bit more to do than his rotation partner did on Friday night. Michigan continues to have very fine netminding, and I've seen nothing to make me believe that shouldn't continue in the future, regardless of who starts in net.

 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

 

 

Rushes

Advantages

Escape %

First Period

 

 

 

Second Period

 

 

 

Third Period

 

 

 

Overtime

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

 

 

Analysis: I was unable to track any of this, so I will leave it all blank. From what I could tell, though, it did not seem like there were many, at all.

 

 

FINAL CORSI NUMBERS

I had: Michigan 49(20), Vermont 49(19)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Vermont 51, Michigan 48

 

Comments

Michigan Arrogance

October 25th, 2017 at 7:15 AM ^

so we stole a win in what was likely a tie - certianly necessary for this team to get games like this to make the tourney. Clarkson looks to be a sure tourney team (thye beat PSU IIRC?) so that's not a bad raod loss by any means.

it's gonna be rough once the B10 season starts, so let's hope the non-con keeps going well.

runandshoot

October 25th, 2017 at 9:58 AM ^

I went to virtually every home hockey game in my four years there, and it was an incredible experience coming from somewhere that didn't have a lot of exposure to hockey at a high level.

Still miss the games and the atmosphere, and consistent coverage is still hard to find.

Thanks for this.

NastyIsland

October 25th, 2017 at 1:26 PM ^

So, the House is the area between all four faceoff dots, angling down to the crease. It looks like Home Plate or a House. It is the best area of the ice to shoot from. So, if you're getting a lot of your attempts from there, your chance of converting those scoring chances goes up. On the flip side, you want to keep your opponent from getting those looks...obviously.

NastyIsland

October 25th, 2017 at 1:30 PM ^

I haven't gotten to doing many previews, yet. That's a bit more than I have time for, especially during football season. However, I am intrigued by this upcoming series because PSU is a high corsi team that tried to keep possession and get as many attempts on net as possible. Michigan looks like their trying to do the same thing. So, it will be interesting who can control the game, when both teams are looking to do the same thing. I know PSU had some talent, last season, but I have not looked into who left/stayed, yet. 

I think at this point, getting 3 of a possible 6 points would be desirable, though.