Big Ten: A Look Into Corsi, Week 18

Posted by: Jashvina Shah

Two Big Ten series ended in sweeps, with Minnesota and Michigan State earning victories in their home rinks. The Buckeyes and Badgers, a matchup between two struggling teams, yielded a sweep.

The Michigan State-Penn State matchup featured a high-powered offense that likes to shoot against a the Big Ten’s best defense. The Nittany Lions have some of the best Corsi stats in the conference (because they aim to shoot the puck), but their Corsi numbers dropped in the first game to Michigan State.

A similar effect happened in the Minnesota-Michigan series. The Gophers shut down Michigan’s offense, and also finished with a higher Corsi than the Wolverines. It’s surprising because Minnesota’s Corsi numbers haven’t been very strong throughout the season.

The full Corsi stats are listed below:

Minnesota vs. Michigan, Minn 6, UM 2


Period 1: 5v5: 48.15%, Total: 51.61%;
Period 2: 5v5: 75%, Total: 58.82%;
Period 3: 5v5: 40%, Total: 48%;
Total: 5v5: 56.06%, Total: 53.33%


Period 1: 5v5: 51.85%, Total: 48.39%;
Period 2: 5v5: 25%, Total: 41.18%;
Period 3: 5v5: 60%, Total: 52%;
Total: 5v5: 43.94%, Total: 46.67%

Minnesota vs. Michigan, Minn 2, UM 0


Period 1: 5v5: 53.85%, Total: 50%;
Period 2: 5v5: 52.78%, Total: 60%;
Period 3: 5v5: 50%, Total: 42.11%;
Total: 5v5: 52.38%, Total: 51.30%


Period 1: 5v5: 46.15%, Total: 50%;
Period 2: 5v5: 47.22%, Total: 40%;
Period 3: 5v5: 50%, Total: 57.89%;
Total: 5v5: 47.62%, Total: 48.70%

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, OSU 2, UW 1

Ohio State

Period 1: 5v5: 45.45%, Total: 51.28%;
Period 2: 5v5: 74.29%, Total: 70%;
Period 3: 5v5: 42.86%, Total: 44.44%;
Total: 5v5: 55.21%, Total: 55.65%


Period 1: 5v5: 54.55%, Total: 48.72%;
Period 2: 5v5: 25.71%, Total: 30%;
Period 3: 5v5: 57.14%, Total: 55.56%;
Total: 5v5: 44.79%, Total: 44.35%

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, OSU 2, UW 3

Ohio State

Period 1: 5v5: 37.50%, Total: 37.50%;
Period 2: 5v5: 62.86%, Total: 59.52%;
Period 3: 5v5: 47.62%, Total: 53.19%;
Total: 5v5: 50.50%, Total: 52.21%


Period 1: 5v5: 62.50%, Total: 62.50%;
Period 2: 5v5: 37.14%, Total: 40.48%;
Period 3: 5v5: 52.38%, Total: 46.81%;
Total: 5v5: 49.50%, Total: 47.79%

Michigan State vs. Penn State, MSU 3, PSU 0

Michigan State

Period 1: 5v5: 45.24%, Total: 44.68%;
Period 2: 5v5: 55.17%, Total: 46.34%;
Period 3: 5v5: 56.41%, Total: 55.10%;
Total: 5v5: 51.82%, Total: 48.91%

Penn State

Period 1: 5v5: 54.76%, Total: 55.32%;
Period 2: 5v5: 44.83%, Total: 53.66%;
Period 3: 5v5: 43.59%, Total: 44.90%;
Total: 5v5: 48.18%, Total: 51.09%

Michigan State vs. Penn State, MSU 3, PSU 2

Michigan State

Period 1: 5v5: 34.48%, Total: 31.25%;
Period 2: 5v5: 26.67%, Total: 40%;
Period 3: 5v5: 39.13%, Total: 43.90%;
Total: 5v5: 32.93%, Total: 38.13%

Penn State

Period 1: 5v5: 65.52%, Total: 69.75%;
Period 2: 5v5: 73.33%, Total: 60%;
Period 3: 5v5: 60.87%, Total: 56.10%;
Total: 5v5: 67.07%, Total: 61.87%

Minnesota vs. Michigan 2/13/15 Minn 6, UM 2

The Gophers entered this weekend struggling, but blew Michigan away. By the 17 minute mark of the first period, Minnesota held a 3-0 lead. Although this game wasn’t close for long, the Wolverines held the slight Corsi close advantage at 52 percent. Usually, teams trailing tend to have inflated Corsi – but the Gophers finished the second frame with a 75 percent Corsi during 5-on-5 play.

Minnesota vs. Michigan 2/14/15 Minn 2, UM 0

Unlike Friday night, the offense was limited in Saturday’s contest. The game was close up until the third period, when Minnesota held onto a 1-0 lead. The Gophers finished with the slightly higher Corsi close of 53.23 percent. For the second night in a row, the Gophers finished with a slightly higher 5-on-5 Corsi than Michigan.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin 2/13/15 OSU 2, UW 1

The matchup between the Big Ten’s cellar dwellers was close, at least score-wise, for most of the game. The Badgers took a 1-0 lead in the first, but Ohio State scored twice in the second to take the lead. The Buckeyes finished with a Corsi close (5-on-5 Corsi from the first two periods) of 60.29 percent.

Ohio State vs. Wisconsin 2/14/15 OSU 2, UW 3

Ohio State struck first, and the two teams exchanged goals until the score was knotted at two apiece by the end of the second. Adam Rockwood gave the Badgers the win with a goal late in the third. Ohio State isn’t known as a team with high Corsi numbers, but the Badgers dominated possession in the first with a Corsi of 62.50 percent. Possession flipped in the second, as Ohio State finished with a Corsi of 62.86 percent. The Buckeyes finished with a higher Corsi close of 51.58 percent.

Michigan State vs. Penn State 2/13/15 MSU 3, PSU 0

This game was close until the start of the third, when the Spartans held a 2-0 lead over Penn State. Neither team scored in the first, but Michigan State had the slight Corsi advantage in 5-on-5 play. Corsi close was very, very close for the teams, as Penn State’s Corsi close was 50.70 percent and Michigan State’s was 49.50 percent.

Michigan State vs. Penn State 2/14/15 MSU 3, PSU 2

The Spartans scored first, but the Nittany Lions tied it in the second period. Six minutes later, the Spartans took the 2-1 lead. They added another goal in the third. After an off night, the Nittany Lions returned to their shot-attempting ways, and recorded a first-period 5-on-5 Corsi of 65.52 percent. Penn State dominated Corsi close, with a Corsi of 69.49 percent.

Previously in the Corsi series:

Big Ten: Week 17

Big Ten: Week 16

Big Ten: Week 15

Big Ten: Week 14

Big Ten: Week 13

Big Ten: Week 12

Big Ten: Week 11

Big Ten: Midseason

Big Ten: Week 10

Big Ten: Week Nine

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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