Big Ten: A Look Into Corsi, Week Nine

Posted by: Jashvina Shah

All teams were engaged in Big Ten conference play this week.

Penn State swept the Badgers and controlled 5-on-5 Corsi in both games, something that seems to be a trend for the Nittany Lions. This isn’t surprising, since the Nittany Lions are known for attempting many shots.

Michigan dominated 5-on-5 Corsi in an 8-3 win over the Buckeyes, save for the third period – when the Wolverines were already ahead.

The Gophers struggled with 5-on-5 possession against Michigan State. While the team finished 57.75 percent 5-on-5 Corsi in Friday’s 5-0 win, the Gophers recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 40.91 percent in Saturday’s tie. Michigan State hasn’t been known for being a great puck-possession team, but out-possessed the Gophers in the second and third periods of the game.

Here are this week’s Corsi stats:

Wisconsin vs. Penn State 12/5/14 – PSU 5, UW 2


Period 1: 5v5: 38.23%, Total: 30.95%;
Period 2: 5v5: 45.45%, Total: 40.54%;
Period 3: 5v5: 50%, Total: 44.12%;
Total: 5v5: 43.37%, Total: 38.05%

Penn State

Period 1: 5v5: 61.77%, Total: 69.05%;
Period 2: 5v5: 54.55%, Total: 59.54%;
Period 3: 5v5: 50%, Total: 55.88%;
Total: 5v5: 56.63%, Total: 61.95%

Wisconsin vs. Penn State 12/6/14 – PSU 4, UW 2


Period 1: 5v5: 42.11%, Total: 46.34%;
Period 2: 5v5: 29.41%, Total: 38.30%;
Period 3: 5v5: 36.36%, Total: 56.76%;
Total: 5v5: 36.17%, Total: 46.40%

Penn State

Period 1: 5v5: 57.89%, Total: 53.66%;
Period 2: 5v5: 70.59%, Total: 61.70%;
Period 3: 5v5: 63.64%, Total: 43.24%;
Total: 5v5: 63.83%, Total: 53.60%

Ohio State vs. Michigan 12/5/14 – UM 8, OSU 3


Period 1: 5v5: 52.78%, Total: 48.72%;
Period 2: 5v5: 73.68%, Total: 70.21%;
Period 3: 5v5: 33.33%, Total: 26.83%;
Total: 5v5: 51.90%, Total: 49.61%

Ohio State

Period 1: 5v5: 47.22%, Total: 51.28%;
Period 2: 5v5: 26.32%, Total: 29.79%;
Period 3: 5v5: 66.67%, Total: 73.17%;
Total: 5v5: 48.10%, Total: 50.39%

Michigan State vs. Minnesota 12/5/14 – Minn 5, MSU 0

Michigan State

Period 1: 5v5: 76.47%, Total: 66.67%;
Period 2: 5v5: 35.29%, Total: 43%;
Period 3: 5v5: 25%, Total: 20.69%;
Total: 5v5: 42.25%, Total: 43.75%


Period 1: 5v5: 23.53%, Total: 33.33%;
Period 2: 5v5: 64.71%, Total: 55%;
Period 3: 5v5: 75%, Total: 79.31%;
Total: 5v5: 57.75%, Total: 56.25%

Michigan State vs. Minnesota 12/6/14, Minn 3, MSU 3

Michigan State

Period 1: 5v5: 50%, Total: 57.58%;
Period 2: 5v5: 61.90%, Total: 61.90%;
Period 3: 5v5: 60.71%, Total: 57.89%;
5v5: 62.5%, Total: 62.5%;
Total: 5v5: 59.09%, Total: 59.69%


Period 1: 5v5: 50%, Total: 42.42%;
Period 2: 5v5: 38.10%, Total: 38.10%;
Period 3: 5v5: 39.29%, Total: 42.11%;
5v5: 37.5%, Total: 37.5%;
Total: 5v5: 40.91%, Total: 40.31%

Wisconsin vs. Penn State, 12/5/14

The Corsi close period of this game spanned most of the first and second periods. Over that span, Penn State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 68.75 percent, while Wisconsin’s was 31.25 percent. In the second, Penn State took a 4-2 lead, and kept the two-goal lead for the rest of the game. The Nittany Lions controlled 5-on-5 possession in the first, with a Corsi of 61.77 percent. While that number dropped over the next two periods, but Penn State finished with a 5-on-5 Corsi of 56.63 percent to Wisconsin’s 43.37 percent. The Badgers and Nittany Lions split possession in the third, with a 50 percent Corsi rating for each team.

Wisconsin vs. Penn State, 12/6/14

The Badgers scored first, netting one in the second. But Penn State scored three more goals before the period ended to take a 3-1 lead before adding another goal in the third. The Badgers scored one before regulation expired to bring the score to 4-2. Penn State dominated Corsi close for the game, with a Corsi close of 64.41 percent, while Wisconsin’s Corsi close was 35.59 percent. Penn State finished controlled a 5-on-5 possession, finishing with a Corsi of 63.83 percent to Wisconsin’s 36.17 percent.

Michigan vs. Ohio State, 12/5/14

This game was close for the first period and several minutes into the second. Michigan took a 3-1 lead at the 4:17 mark of the middle frame, and never gave up that two-goal lead. The Wolverines scored five times in that frame, and recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 73.69 percent. Michigan had the higher Corsi close of 55 percent. For the game, Ohio State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 48.10 percent. Don’t let those numbers fool you, though. The Wolverines controlled possession in the first two frames, and held a 7-2 lead going into the third – which accounts for Ohio State’s increased possession in the third.

Michigan State vs. Minnesota 12/5/14

The score was close until the 8:50 mark of the first, when the Gophers accrued a 2-0 lead.Over that very small period, Minnesota’s Corsi close was 20 percent, while Michigan State’s was 80 percent. The Gophers finished with three goals in the first, but their 5-on5  Corsi over the period was 23.53 percent. Minnesota’s Corsi rose in the subsequent periods, while Michigan State’s fell. The Gophers finished with a Corsi of  57.75 percent in 5-on-5 play, while Michigan State’s Corsi was 42.25 percent.

Michigan State vs. Minnesota 12/5/14

The Spartans scored in the opening minutes of the first period, but the Gophers struck twice to take the 2-1 lead. Michigan State tied it before the end of the period, and added a goal in the second to retake the lead. The Gophers struck early in the third to knot the game at 3-3, giving a large sample size for Corsi close. Michigan State controlled 5-on-5 possession, which was telling by the Spartans’ second-period Corsi of 61.90 percent. Michigan State’s Corsi close was 58.72 percent, while Minnesota’s was 41.28 percent. For the game,  Michigan State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 59.09 percent and Minnesota’s was 40.91 percent.

Previously in the Corsi series:

Big Ten: Week Eight

Big Ten: Week Seven

Big Ten: Week Six

Big Ten: Week Five

Big Ten: Week Four

Big Ten: Week Three

Big Ten: Week Two

Big Ten: Week One

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