Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #32: Michigan 1, Notre Dame 0

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #32: Michigan 1, Notre Dame 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 18th, 2018 at 8:49 PM

(James Coller/MGoBlog)

Captain Calderone with his signature snipe [Jamer Coller]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

26 13 57%

Second Period

19 7 59%

Third Period

18 8 34%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

63 28 48%

Analysis: Michigan’s forecheck has been great throughout the weekend and it was on display again in the first period. They did not let Notre Dame out of their zone very often and created a number of solid chances.

Looking at their numbers overall, this is a great offensive performance. They took a lot of attempts and got into the House area for almost half of them. There is a reason that Cale Morris is a Hobey candidate, as was evident this evening. Michigan could have had a few more goals with as many good looks as they had, but Morris stole the show. For their lone goal, Dancs forced a DZTO on the boards, Marody dished to Calderone, and Calderone sniped one just off of Morris’s glove and into the net, therby concluding the scoring.

[After THE JUMP: anatomy of a sweep]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #27: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #27: Michigan 5, Wisconsin 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on February 2nd, 2018 at 11:12 PM

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Dakota Raabe had quite a nice night on the PK and was rewarded with an empty-netter [Marc-Gregor Campredon]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

15 5 41%

Second Period

11 5 39%

Third Period

12 4 41%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

38 14 40%

Analysis: Not Michigan’s best offensive game. Each period, the Wolverines seemed to create a few nice looks at the net, but that was about it. They didn’t have a high volume of chances, nor did they overwhelm Wisconsin’s defense. Michigan’s offense was mostly buoyed by their power play. During even-strength play, Michigan could not generate a whole lot. This game seemed a lot like the second PSU game from a couple of weeks ago, and the inverse of the OSU game last Friday. There was not a lot of organic offense, but the team leaned on other realms to pull out the victory. Jack Becker did have a nice circle route on which he powered though a couple of Badgers and was rewarded with a wrister that beat Jack Berry. He has really come on in the last month.

[After THE JUMP: establishing Lavigne's baseline and looking at how special teams won the game]

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #24: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey ‘17-18, Game #24: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 20th, 2018 at 10:51 PM

Post game hug

“That was all you, tonight, Hayden!” [Bill Rapai]

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

21 11 53%

Second Period

13 8 38%

Third Period

15 4 33%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

49 23 41%

Analysis: Michigan did not have an exceedingly high volume of shots, but they did create a solid number of quality looks, especially when the game was within reach. As the game wound down, and Michigan nabbed their three-goal lead, they backed off and protected their blazingly hot goaltender. The second line of Warren-Norris-Slaker was the best line of the night. Probably the best thing to emerge from the weekend was a dangerous second line to complement the DMC line. It is still quite the drop to the listed third line (Sanchez-Raabe-Winborg), but the listed fourth line of Becker and the Pastujovs had a great night last night and looked relevant again tonight. Another robust test is looming next weekend for this growing offense.

[After THE JUMP: how to stop 70+ shot attempts] 

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #20: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #20: Notre Dame 2, Michigan 1

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 8th, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Guess who’s back, back again… [Bryan Fuller]

OFFENSE

 

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

12 4 46%

Second Period

20 7 59%

Third Period

13 6 50%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

45 17 52%

Analysis: Michigan did not have a fantastic offensive game from a volume standpoint, but they did create a lot of good scoring opportunities from the house area– especially the low slot. Having Quinn Hughes available really does add an extra dimension to the offense. There were multiple times that he took the puck end-to-end or just skated circles around the offensive zone looking for nooks and crannies to drop the puck. Once again, though, regardless of what Michigan was able to create, Cale Morris was up to the task. The only goal came on a rapid-fire rebound for Josh Norris after Hughes got deep in the house and forced a reactive save. Overall, it was an encouraging output against a good defense and an elite goalie. Soon, though, they’re going to have to find the back of the net.

I don’t have a chart for this, yet –or a great place to add this- but I counted Michigan getting three odd-man rushes on offense. They had a 2v1 and a couple of 3v2s. The Wolverines generated one good shot and the puck hopped Hughes’ stick, otherwise he would have had an open look.

[After THE JUMP: cleaning (up shots from the) house]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #7: Michigan 7, Ferris State 2

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #7: Michigan 7, Ferris State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on November 2nd, 2017 at 10:51 PM

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A strong third period breaks it open (Bill Rapai)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

22 9 54%

Second Period

16 8 47%

Third Period

20 13 61%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

58 30 54%

Analysis: Michigan turned in some nice offensive numbers, tonight, including getting over half of their attempts from the House. This probably speaks more to Ferris State than to Michigan, though. Michigan did create a ton, but Ferris did not look very talented or capable of threatening Michigan’s offense at all. The Wolverines took advantage of who they played and cut the Bulldog defense wide open. Looking at the numbers coming into the game, however, that’s what a good offense needed to do. Check.

[Defense, special teams, and goaltending after THE JUMP]

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #6: Michigan 5, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey 17-18, Game #6: Michigan 5, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on October 29th, 2017 at 6:07 PM

Five point weekend for Ol’ Dex (Patrick Barron)

OFFENSE

 

Corsi

House

Possession %

First Period

5 4 31%

Second Period

24 10 51%

Third Period

13 5 34%

Overtime

n/a n/a n/a

TOTAL

42 19 42%

Analysis: Michigan’s offense in this game resembled last season’s offense. Five and 13 attempts in the first and third periods, respectively. Not awesome. They scored goals because Peyton Jones kinda sucks. Also, Penn State had some terrible giveaways. Give Michigan credit, they took advantage of what Penn State gave them. There is a lot to be said for that, but aside from a bluster in the middle of the second period, Michigan was doing more chasing of the puck. They did manage to get quite of a few good looks– 45% of their attempts came from the House, so when they shot the puck, they were generally in quality positions to do so. Some of the lack of shots is probably related to the avalanche of penalty minutes that they had to kill...more on that later.

[Hit THE JUMP for defense, special teams, goaltending, and more]

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #34: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #34: Michigan 4, Penn State 0

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 11th, 2017 at 11:08 PM

(James Coller) It was your night. Zach

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Well, it was better than last night's first period.  But not by much.  The Wolverines tallied a 9(2)...and not many were close to the HP, outside of those couple.  Again, they took advatage of their one opportunity when Lockwood got into the slot and Jones coughed up a rebound.  Winborg was right there to finish it.  Penn State is a great high-possession team, so you're not going to have as many looks as they do...but still.  You have to find a way into the slot more than once.
     
  • SECOND: Well, they got into the slot, anyway.  Michigan only tallied 11 even strength attempts...but 6 did come from the HP.  They had quality looks, just not many total looks.  But...that's what happens when the puck is in your end the entire period and your goalie is doing cartwheel saves.  I don't have much else to add.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan's even strength came on a great tip from Adam Winborg, who got into the low slot and redirected Cecconi's centering pass behind Jones to seal the game.  That made the game 3-0 with just over 3 minutes remaining.  Once again, Michigan took advanatge of they few chances they scrounged up against an overwhelming Penn State attack.  They ended the third with a 12(5).  Keep PSU out of the slot, score on the power play, and finish your best chances.  For the most part, that was what Michigan did.  Michigan finished with a 32(13) and 41% of their even strength attempts coming from the HP.  Low volume but high quality.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST:  This was reminiscent of last night.  Penn State bombed away for 25 even strength chances but were only able to get into the HP for 6 tallies.  Still, that's almost all of Michigan's total even strength chances of the period.  Michigan did a decent (not great) job of keeping most of those chances to the points and boards, though.  This is what Penn State does, though...fire away from anywhere, always.  The only time they got one past Nagelvoort was after the whistle...after a Nagelvoort awful turnover.  I predict a ton more attempts in the second.
     
  • SECOND:  Well, I was right.  Penn State ripped 24 more even strength attempts at Nagelvoort, including 9 from the HP.  I can't say that  the defense is playing well...because they're still not getting the puck out enough (or keeping PSU out of scoring areas), but Nagelvoort is more than making up for it.  He is the story so far, tonight.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan got bombed, again, in terms of volume.  26(7).  That's a 75(22) and a 29% from HP.  The defense did an ok job of keeping the puck as far from Nagelvoort as they could, but shots just rained all period (and game) long.  Penn State just isn't a good matchup for Michigan in terms of skating and possession.  The story here is Zach Nagelvoort who saved all 46 on frame to get his Senior Night shutout.  It seems every game, whomever is in net is Michigan's best goalie.  Zach seemed to channel J-Bart and live in the future knowing and seeing everything that came at him.  The kick-stretch save (that I later pasted a video to) was just unreal.  From his to 5v3 penalty kill to his crazy stretch save to always being in the right place, seeing the puck and control his rebounds...just a crazy impressive performance.  Steve Shields seems to have pushed him to his very ceiling.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Both team had two penalties in the first period.  Each had a full power play and created a few looks.  Penn State's Zach Saar ripped a great one-timer from the slot (unchecked) right into Nagelvoort's chest.  Michigan had a few chances, as well, but nothing as good as Saar's.  Both teams second power plays were shorter, as the penalties overlapped.  Penn State's will carry into the second for about 30 seconds.  Nothing earth-shattering to report here.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan took two penalties in the course of a minute in the second period.  Penn State spent the first 90 seconds in the zone on a 5v3 and had chance after chance after chance, but Michigan's scrappy three and Zach held on long enough for Cutler to come back from his first penalty.  Finally, Michigan got their clear and turned it into a 2v1 shorthanded where Shuart ALMOST tapped one in.  It would have been apropos for him, as he has a few of those this season.  Michigan did get a power play with a minute left in the second.  It will carry over into the third.  
  • THIRD: Griffin Luce took Michigan's two penalties in the third, but only one resulted in a man advantage..  Penn State threatened but didn't score on their lone chance.  Michigan's penalty kill -which had not looked good for a while- was again great tonight, kill all five of PSU's man advantages.  That means Michiga has killed all nine penalties they took, this weekend.  That's rather impressive against PSU's strong power play.  Michigan also tallied a power play goal.  Tony Calderone poked one past Jones to double Michigan's lead.  They had one other power play but did not score on that.  Michigan ended the night 1/5 on the man advantage.  

(James Coller) Thou Shall Not Pass

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Zach Nagelvoort gets the start on Senior Night.  And he's playing like it's his last game in Yost.  Penn State has given him plenty of chances to make saves and he's obliged, very nicely...stopping all 14 that have come on frame.  He had one awful giveaway at the very end of the period that Sturtz managed to get by him (after Nagelvoort passed it right to him NHL 94 style), but Zach was bailed out by Trevor Hamilton losing his helmet behind Michigan's net...just before the shot crossed the goalline.  Aside from that, he's been fantastic.
     
  • SECOND: Nagelvoort was unreal in the second.  He had 22 saves.  I don't even want to look at the corsi.  There was a 1:05 stretch where PSU had a 5v3 and the puck didn't leave the zone for about a good 90 seconds.  Nagelvoort had to have had 5+ saves in the stretch.  He was literally everywhere.  Sometimes a goalie just has a game where his mind is almost ahead of the play and just sees everything coming...this is that game.  Nagelvoort is just out of his mind, right now.
     
  • THIRD: https://twitter.com/umichhockey/status/840755721264279553 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: I saw no OMRs!  This is three periods in a row!
     
  • SECOND: PSU got one OMR in the second period.  It was a 2v1 and the shot went right into Nagelvoort's chest.  To be fair, its hard to have many OMRs when you spend the entire period in the attacking zone.
     
  • THIRD: No OMRs, again!  One OMR in the last five periods.  Perhaps, they are getting more disciplined?

(James Coller) A freshman finished on Senior Night

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Penn State 75(22), Michigan 32(13)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Penn State 76, Michigan 32

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #33: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #33: Michigan 3, Penn State 2

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 10th, 2017 at 10:26 PM

(Bill Rapai)  Tony Calderone provided the finishing, tonight

OFFENSE

  • FIRST:  So...Michigan tallied a 6(3).  That's not very good.  In fact, its pretty bad.  It didn't seem as bad during live play because Michigan was able to create a few nice looks on both their power play and penalty kill.  But six even strength attempts, man.  That's about it.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's offense was a little bit better in the second period.  A little bit.  They generated 12 even strength attempts with three coming from the HP.  Unfortunately, a lot of their looks were from rather poor angles or from quite a distance.  Their goal was a Calderone snipe on a 2v2 rush that he let go from the top of the circle.  It was well-placed...but probably could/should have been saved.  More chances from the slot, please!  Lost in the numbers is Will Lockwood.  He's made some supremely outstanding individual plays.  He's worth the price of admission.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan took 14 even strength attempts in the third period.  They got into the HP for 4 of those 14 chances.  Again, that's not the best.  Most of their attempts came from quite a distance or a poor angle.  Against a high pucl possession team, though, looks at the net seem to be at a premium, though.  They did manage to take advantage of their quality chances, though.  Tony Calderone came in on a 2v1 and ripped a flare over Jones's shoulder to tie the game.  Brendan Warren hustled and outskated a PSU defenseman on a free-for-all and attempted to cross the puck through the crease to a waiting James Sanchez, but the Nittany Lion defenseman broke up the pass with his stick...and it slid right through Jones to give Michigan the lead.  Sanchez would have had a tap-in from a few feet out if he doesn't deflect it, though.  Very few teams are going to out-skate and out-possess PSU, so the way to beat them is to take advantage of your rushes and opportunities when they give them to you.  Michigan did just that, tonight.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST:  There has yet to be a shot that a Penn State player has decided to pass up.  They will literally shoot from almost anywhere at anytime.  That's how you end up with even strength 22 attempts.  Michigan only allowed three of those to come from the HP, though.  So, my hottaeks say that Penn State just shot from anywhere inside th blue line.  This period was probably more even than the stats say...at least in terms of quality looks.  The PSU goal came with under five seconds left in the period as Kris Myllari heaved a puck at the net (because PSU shot) and it floated above Lavigne's blocker.  Probably not on the defense, as much as Lavigne...but you just cannot surrender goals with just seconds left in a period.  I would say that was borderline acceptable defensive period...until the last few seconds.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan constrained the trigger-happy Nittany Lions to only 15 even strength attempts...with 7 coming from the HP.  It was odd, though, that almost all seven HP attempts were literally on the edge of my drawn HP shape.  So, nothing from the slot, just the very fringes.  PSU shooting 15 times is actually probably on their lower end...and giving up nothing TOO Grade A seems like a win.  The goal was another fling from the boards that slipped through Lavigne's arm.  That's not on the defense.  
     
  • THIRD: Looking back at the first couple periods, Michigan limited PSU's quality chances.  They gave up a ton of looks but not many great ones.  In the third, Penn State was able to conjure up 26 (!!) attempts on net in even strength...but again, they only got 6 from the HP.  I'm going out on a limb and say that Michigan's defense was actually good, tonight.  They did surrender a 63(16), which seems like a lot.  However, due to the nature of PSU's offensive gameplan, you're just going to give up attempts.  They seem to shoot just for the sake of shooting.  To keep them to around 25% of their shots from HP, though?  I think Michigan can live with that...especially with Michigan's goaltending being its strength.  Its not fun to watch, per se...but when you have great netminding and limited offense, packing in the defenders and finishing your limited offensive chances is your best bet.  Oh geez...we're Michigan State.  :(

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan drew one power play in the first period and looked very dangerous.  They created about 3-4 really good looks at the net and hit the post.  Not having the puck much doesn't allow you to draw many penalties, so the Wolverines are going to have to make them count, tonight.  Michigan took two penalties and actually looked better offensively than Penn State did on their first.  The Nittany Lions threatened a lot more on their second and Lavigne made a few outstanding saves to help kill of that PSU man advantage.
     
  • SECOND:  Each team had a power play in the second period and both ended the same way: with just as many chances for the PK as the PP.  Odd.  I would not have expected that from either of these teams.  
     
  • THIRD: Michigan did not draw a penalty and took one penalty in the third period.  Penn State had a couple decent looks, but nothing overwhelming.  Michigan's penalty kill stoned four PSU advantages, tonight, and didn't really give up that many good looks...which is refreshing.  That has not been the case, lately.

 

(James Coller) I'M BATMAN

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Hayden Lavigne started tonight.  He played extremely well through the first 19 minutes and 50 seconds, stopping 13 shots on as many attempts.  Unfortunately, a late chuck from the point/boards snuck over his blocker.  Perhaps he was screened?  Tough to tell.  Either way, I think he's going to want that one back.  Before that, though...Lavigne was fantatsic, including multiple stuffs from the low slot during some multiple skater scrums right in front of him.  His positioning was very, very good, as well.
     
  • SECOND: Lavigne, again, had a similar period to the first.  He made a few fantastic saves and kept Michigan in a tightly played game.  The goal he gave us was another head-scratcher.  The puck was thrown from the point/boards (again) and just seemed to leak through his blocker side arm.  He seemed to be in the right spot, but...the puck just got through.  Screen?  Maybe.  But...it also seemed kinda soft, even on replay.  These couple of goals have been uncharacteristic of him...especially given how he's played the rest of the time.
     
  • THIRD: Lavigne was great, again, saving all 13 shots he faced in the third.  And...no fluky fluff goals!  I've commented on his positioning before, but I really thought he was in the right places and saw the game develop in front of him very well, tonight.  He had those two hiccups, but they were not for lack of being in the correct spot.  I truly am thinking, now, that Steve Shields is the catalyst behind this goaltending resurgence.  He transformed Racine into a dependable college goalie, and he's also pushing all three of Michigan's netminders to the top of their games.  The Wolverines truly are getting elite play from all of their goalies.  Hayden Lavigne is the latest piece of evidence. 

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan gave up 2 OMRs in the first period.  The first came early on and the got lucky as the the shooter broke his stick and whiffed on the pass.  The second was a tremendous break-out pass that lead to a 2v1.  The shot was high and wide, but it was a great chance.  M cannot skate end-to-end with PSU.
     
  • SECOND: I saw no OMRs in the 2nd. Yay!
     
  • THIRD: Nothing.  Yay!  Hottaek: Michigan's defense got better as the game progressed.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Penn State 63(16), Michigan 32(10)

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Penn State 64, Michigan 31

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #31: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #31: Michigan 5, Minnesota 3

Submitted by NastyIsland on March 3rd, 2017 at 9:49 PM

(Marc-Gregor Campredon) Alex Kile with his best performance of the year

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan had a weird offensive period.  They generated 27 (!!) attempts on goal but only 2 from Home Plate.  They came close a couple times, but Schierhorn had the angle and it would have taken a corner shot to beat him.  It semed that the gameplan was to shoot if you had the puck anywhere in the attacking zone...because that's pretty much what happened.  The shot volume is great, but if they're going to beat Schierhorn tonight, they're going to have to get to a more dangerous place on the ice.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's second period was better and worse than their first.  They generated half as many chances (14), but they also got into HP with 7 of them...something they did not do in the first.  Alex Kile generated their first goal, hitting a corner on a shot from just above the circles that snuck inside the post.  Probably not the best goal for Schierhorn to give up, but he easily could have been screened.  I guess the first period of strategy of sheer volume of pucks to the net paid off for Michigan on that goal. Not as many chances but higher quality ones.  
     
  • THIRD: Michigan had their best offensive period of the evening in the third.  They took 18 even strength attempts, including 10 from HP.  That's very, very good.  They also got some power play attempts from inside HP, as well.  Michigan's game-winner was from even strength when Nolan De Jong threw a puck at the net from the side boards and Evan Allen redirected it past Schierhorn.  Kile probably had his best game of the year.  He shot the puck when he had opportunities, and passed the puck very well, tallying a goal and two assists.  Allen has also come on very strong the last half of the season.  He's also had a nice shot, but has learned the art of slot-tipping, gathering the winner, tonight.  Michigan ended the night with 56(19), 34% from HP...right at their season average.  The difference was their volume, tonight.

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Well, taking my advice from the first period above, Minnesota did just that.  They out-attempted Michigan in the first period by one, getting 28 looks on net.  To top that, they were also able to get into the Home Plate area for 10 of those 28.  That's a nice 36% with a high volume.  If Michigan is going to allow those types of numbers, they're going to need another Hobey performance from Nagelvoort.  Michigan also struggled to get the puck out of their zone, lost an attacker a few times, and had more untimely DZTOs (surprise!).  Improvement requested.
     
  • SECOND: Well, the second period was pretty much a carbon copy of the first for Michigan, defensively.  They allowed 25 more attempts and 11 from HP.  Again, not great.  Nagelvoort played very well, again, and Michigan was lucky to not surrender a goal.  I mean...this just is what it is: Minnesota has a good offense and Michigan does not have a good defense.  I expect the third to be similar, penalties pending.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan gave up a 19(8) in the 3rd period.  The percentage wasn't great, but the overall volume decreased by period.  So...yay!  Still, not a great defensive third frame.  It took another fantastic effort from Nagelvoort to see this one through.  The would-be game-winner for Minnesota was just a great play/move/decision from Vinni Lettieri who came in on a 2v2, used his teammate and the defenders as a screen, and popped out to beat Nagelvoort.  Sometimes, good players makes winning plays.  In the end, Michigan gave up a 72(29).  That's a 40% from HP.  That's too high on too large a volume of shots.  

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Minnesota got the only power play of the period (bit of a soft call on Calderone -or so it looked from up here).  They threatened with multiple chances before Cammarata finally got alone in front of Nagelvoort and wraped one around him.  Minnesota has the #4 power play at 26%.  Penalties need to be kept at a minimum tonight.
     
  • SECOND: Minnesota had one more power play and threatened, again, but didn't score.  Nagelvoort was great on that penalty kill.  Michigan drew their first power play and had multiple different chances that Eric Schierhorn was equal to...until Alex Kile had a DO from just above the dot to the back post that Calderone tapped in to tie the game.  Pass of the year, if you ask me.  I may grunted as to refrain from cheering after that pass, as it was easy to see it all unfold from up here.  Fun stuff.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan out-skated Minnesota in the third period and it resulted in several penalties.  They had a carry over from the second, threatened, but did not score. Michigan drew a second power play a few minutes late, but again failed to score. After giving up the lead, Lockwood broke in alone and was slashed, drawing Michigan's 3rd and final power play of the period.  Jake Slaker took advantage by fanning on his first attempt and rifling his second attempt over Schierhorn (who was fantastic, tonight) to tie the game.  Michigan never gave up after going down 3-2 and drawing the penalties exemplified that.  Michigan's only penalty kill of the 3rd came when Cutler Martin dumptrucked Schierhorn way after the whistle.  Minnesota only had a minute and a half advantage due to the Kloos slash...and they were in time kill mode, already, being up 3-2.  M: 2/4; Minn: 1/3

(Marc-Gregor Campredon) Kick Save? Glove Save? FACE SAVE!

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Zach Nagelvoort started tonight after his shutout of Ohio State.  He looked the part, early on, making multiple point-blank saves.  Minnesota had several stretches of sustained offensive zone pressure, but Zach held strong for most of the period.  Neither first period goal should be on him.  The power play goal was shot from about 2 feet away and the second came from a 2v1 and an unlucky bounce after a nice defensive play.  He ended the period with 13 saves.
     
  • SECOND: Nagelvoort backed up his nice first period with an even better second.  He did not allow a goal and made multiple saves from dangerous positions and two OMRs.  I thought his positioning and rebound control were both great.  The defense has not exactly helped him out a ton, but he's held strong as Michigan's last line of defense.  12 more saves for a two period total of 25.
     
  • THIRD: Dude. Nagelvoort.  Maybe its just Steve Shields?  I tweeted something out about Michigan not having a best goalie.  They have three great ones.  Who do I want to start tomorrow night? Like, whomever, man.  Each have had hiccups because they're college-aged goalies, but, man...Nagelvoort played very well, agian, tonight.  The goal he gave up was just a great offensive play shot from very close.  He had no chance.  He also made about 3-4 consecutive saves and then had back-to-back glove snatches.  Is it past the trading deadline?  Can we deal one for Auston Mathews?  Nagelvoort ended with 35 saves on 38 shots.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan surrendered two OMRs.  The first was a 3v2 that Nagelvoort got a piece of and it just trickled wide.  The second was a 2v1 that Boka raced back to break up, but the puck bounced right back to the attacker and he was in Nagelvoort and beat him.  Both could have easily been goals.  Michigan cannot get caught up ice against this team.
     
  • SECOND: Ugh, another couple OMRs.  Neither cost Michigan a goal, though.  Minnesota had a couple 3v2s: both were denied by Nagelvoort, including the last one with his face.  Minnesota up to 4 OMRs.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan gives up one more OMR: Another 3v2 and De Jong gets in front of it to block it aside.  Five OMRs is too many, if you ask me...especially against a team like this that can score.  You can't give them advantages on special teams or get caught up ice.  They got one tonight and could have easily has another 1-2.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Minnesota 72, Michigan 56

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Minnesota 73, Michigan 56

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #22: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2 (Shootout)

Michigan Hockey 16-17, Game #22: Michigan 3, Michigan State 2 (Shootout)

Submitted by NastyIsland on January 21st, 2017 at 10:33 PM

(James Coller)  THIS GUY!

 

OFFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan started pretty well getting into the attacking zone and drawing a penalty about four minutes into the game.  They got into the the lower slot and crease a few different times but were not able to convert on those opportunities.  The goal came from De Jong  from the point via a screen by Adam Winborg.  It was also just after their power play chance had expired.  That was about it, though.  They ended up with 5 even strength attempts.  That's not too good.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan's 5v5 offense created their second goal of the night.  Evan Allen won a bottle along the boards and worked a couple passes with Piazza at the point, who slid over to shoot from nearer the center of the blue line.  Kile got a great screen and tipped the puck as it went by to give M a 2-1 lead.  The goal was reviewed for interference but Kile did not make enough contact with Minney and looked to be just out of the crease.  Kile also rode in on a 2v0 with Shuart, elected to shoot, and Minney denied him.  Michigan ended up with 14 even strength attempts at the net, including 3-4 from 'home plate.'  Better, I suppose.
     
  • THIRD/OT: Michigan generated 14 attempts in the third and 2 more in OT.  That's...ok.  Only four came from 'home plate.'  Most of the attempts were from odd angles or from distance.  So, unfortunately, still not great offense.  Lockwood got in pretty close once but not much else overly threatening.  Their best looks came from the man advantage and they were not finished.  

 

DEFENSE

  • FIRST: Michigan's defense was typical.  The goal they gave up was losing a 1v1 battled on the boards followed by Luce getting beat by Pavelek in front of the net to get an uncontested shot off past Nagelvoort.  It was similar to last night's goals.  Michigan also surrendered 20 even strength attempts on net.  Nine of those came from inside 'home plate.'  Different night, same issues.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan gave up 15 attempts at their net, 7 of which came from 'home plate.'  Four of those came from just outside the crease, though.  They did not give up a goal in a full period for the first time since the GLI (I think).  So, that's a good thing.  Most of that was due to Nagelvoort, though.  Small steps, I guess.
     
  • THIRD/OT: Nagelvoort faced three shots (one of them being 50/50 illegal) and saved the definite two shots.  MSU got five (three more in OT) even strength attempts in the third.  That's very good!  Possibly M's best defensive period of the year?  The one thing (because there is always a thing) was that on the goal -which was on the PP but this relates to defense- there were two attackers behind the last defenseman.  One of them hit the puck near the crossbar past Nagelvoort.  Even on the powerplay...still unmarked dudes in the crease.

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • FIRST: Michigan drew one penalty in and nearly cashed in on it.  They were able to score about 4 seconds after the penalty expired, so technically it was not a PPG, but it was also before the defense could be reset with their equalizing player.  So, not a power play goal...but kinda still a power play goal.  Dancs took a tripping penalty towards the end of the first that will carry over to the second.  MSU created a couple a good looks but no conversion, yet.
     
  • SECOND: Michigan did not draw a penalty in the second period.  They did take two, however, and killed them both off.  Nagelvoort played a large role in one of those.  He's looking fantastic.
     
  • THIRD: Michigan drew two penalties in the third period.  Dancs had a great cross-crease pass that was just out of Kile's reach.  Kile had a wide open net.  That was about it for power play good looks.  Cooper Marody took a terrible penalty behind the Spartan net that ultimately led to MSU's tying goal.  The goal was flipped in the high slot and hit a Spartan stick up near the crossbar.  It looked to about even with the crossbar and the goal was uphelf after a review.  Nagelvoort had zero chance.  The issue is that the penalty taken was not even close to necessary and there is a great chance this game does not reach OT without it.
     
  • OT: M took a penalty, but it was an intelligent one.  They killed it with a couple nice saves from Nagelvoort.

 

GOALTENDING

  • FIRST: Zach Nagelvoort started in goal, and he looked very good, including making a couple of great saves.  State created a great opportunity with two dynamic cross-ice passes that got an attacker alone in the lower slot.  Nagelvoort was up to the challenge.  He also made a couple very good stops on MSU's power play.  He ended up with eight saves.  The goal was on the defense, as Luce lost his man in front of the crease.
     
  • SECOND: Another top notch period for Nagelvoort in net.  Zach was everywhere.  There was one stretch early on where he must have made about 4-5 saves in about 10-15 seconds...and from close range, too.  He also held his posts well and denied a couple more opportunities, there.  Nagelvoort also was ready for a very bad DZTO at the blue line and stopped another Spartan snipe.  He's been in great position all night.  Up to 21 saves, so far.
     
  • THIRD: Nagelvoort didn't have much to do in the third.  He stopped two of the three shots that he saw.  He had no chance on the goal, as it was deflected about a few feet in front of him and was 50/50 hit with a high stick.  Fantastic night for Zach.  Its really crazy how well all three goalies are playing.
     
  • OT/SO: NOPE.  Nothing.  Stopped three more shots...then three more in the shootout.  Good stuff, Zach.

 

ODD MAN RUSHES

  • FIRST: Michigan State has two 3v2s.  The first was non-threatening with the puck not getting near Nagelvoort via a deflection.  The second freed a shooter just inside Nagelvoort's left faceoff dot.  Zach was able to deny the opportunity.
     
  • SECOND:  I had zero OMRs in the second period.
     
  • THIRD: No OMRS.
     
  • OT: An almost 2v1 but Boka took the 2nd guy down (with no call), so it became a 1v1.  De Jong then took him down and was called for a penalty that Michgan killed.

 

FINAL CORSI SCORE

I had: Michigan State 42, Michigan 36

www.collegehockeynews.com had: Michigan State 44, Michigan 36