Big Ten: A Look Into Corsi, Week Four

Posted by: Jashvina Shah

Five Big Ten teams were in action this week, as the conference finished with a 5-4-1 record. Michigan lost both games to Michigan Tech, Michigan State split with Ferris State, Minnesota split with St. Cloud, Ohio State tied and beat Canisius and Penn State swept Bentley.

Like last week, I calculated Corsi stats for total and 5-on-5 play in each period of each game, which are listed below. This week I also paid more attention to Corsi Close, so Corsi in close-score situations (when there’s a one goal difference in the first two periods or when the game is tied). Those calculations are in the analysis paragraphs at the bottom.

Here are the Corsi stats:

Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 4-1 L

Period 1: 5v5: 48.28%, Total: 50%;
Period 2: 5v5: 40%, Total: 38.89%;
Period 3: 5v5: 76%, Total: 65.80%;
Total: 5v5: 40%, Total: 50.81%

Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 6-2 L

Period 1: 5v5: 51.85%, Total: 58.70%;
Period 2: 5v5: 68.42%, Total: 70.27%;
Period 3: 5v5: 65%, Total: 61.11%;
Total: 5v5: 60.60%, Total: 59.63%

Ohio State vs. Canisius, 3-3 T

Period 1: 5v5: 62.07%, Total: 69.77%;
Period 2: 5v5: 47.62%, Total: 51.43%;
Period 3: 5v5: 62.07%, Total:57.89%;
OT: 5v5: 71.43%, Total: 71.43%;
Total: 5v5: 59.30%, Total 60.98%:

Ohio State vs. Canisius, 4-1 W

Period 1: 5v5: 51.51% , Total: 45.95%;
Period 2: 5v5: 65.63%, Total: 64.71%;
Period 3: 5v5: 68.18%, Total: 64.29%;
Total: 5v5: 60.92%, Total: 57.58%

Penn State vs. Bentley, 3-2 W

Period 1: 5v5: 66.67%, Total: 67.44%;
Period 2: 5v5: 67.39%, Total: 61.82%;
Period 3: 5v5: 64.29%, Total: 62.50%;
Total: 5v5: 63.36%, Total: 63.70%

Penn State vs. Bentley, 3-2 W

Period 1: 5v5: 44.83%, Total: 48.94%;
Period 2: 5v5: 56.41%, Total: 54.35%;
Period 3: 5v5: 70.27%, Total: 60.34%;
Total: 5v5: 58.10%, Total: 54.97%

Minnesota vs. SCSU, 4-1 L

Period 1: 5v5: 42.11%, Total: 42.86%;
Period 2: 5v5: 57.14%, Total: 50%;
Period 3: 5v5: 68.18%, Total: 68.29%;
Total: 5v5: 60.92%, Total: 57.58%

Minnesota vs. SCSU, 4-3 W

Period 1: 5v5: 87.50%, Total: 88%;
Period 2: 5v5: 65.22%, Total: 57.58%;
Period 3: 5v5: 50%, Total: 60.71%;
5v5: 33.33%, Total: 33.33%;
5v5: 64.52%, Total: 66.29%

Michigan State vs. Ferris State, 1-0 L

Period 1: 5v5: 46.86%, Total: 48.65%;
Period 2: 5v5: 79.55%, Total: 57.58%;
Period 3: 5v5: 66.67%, Total: 59.46%;
Total: 5v5: 66.02%, Total: 63.56%

Michigan State vs. Ferris State, 4-1 W

Period 1: 5v5: 70%, Total: 56.82%;
Period 2: 5v5: 71.43%, Total: 55.56%;
Period 3: 5v5: 50%, Total: 50%;
Total: 5v5: 65.79%, Total: 54.90%

Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 10/31/14 L, 4-1

The score was close for the first period and into the second period, until the Huskies went up 2-0. Over that time frame, Michigan’s 5-on-5 Corsi close was 42.42 percent. The Wolverines recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 76 percent, although there were a few power plays in the period. Michigan’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 40 percent for the game. (Note: I counted shots taken while Michigan had an empty net as power play shots. The Huskies scored an empty-net goal, which I counted as a PK goal.)

Michigan vs. Michigan Tech, 11/1/14 L, 6-2

Michigan Tech scored two goals within 10 minutes of the first period, creating a 2-0 lead. The only time the score of this game was close was when Andrew Copp brought Michigan within one at the 9:29 mark. Between MTU’s second goal and Copp’s first, there were two shots — one from Michigan, and one from Michigan Tech. The Huskies held a 3-1 lead at the end of the first, and a 5-1 lead at the end of the second. Michigan’s Corsi in each period for 5-on-5 play was over 50 percent. In total, the Wolverines recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 59.63%

Ohio State vs. Canisius, 10/31/14 T, 3-3 OT

Canisius scored 22 seconds into the first period, and then added its second just over a minute later. There wasn’t a close score again until the second period, but in the first Corsi close for Ohio State was +2. Canisius had one shot over that time — the goal. Ohio State scored in the second to bring the score to 2-1. From this point, I counted the score as close (Ohio State tied it shortly after, and both teams scored in the third). Ohio State’s Corsi close from the second period onward was 57.58 percent during 5-on-5 play.

Ohio State vs. Canisius, 11/1/14 W, 4-1

The score was close until the second period, when Ohio State went up 2-0. Ohio State’s 5-on-5 Corsi close was 51.16 percent. The Buckeyes kept a 5-on-5 Corsi of over 50 percent over the second and third periods. In the third, Ohio State scored twice to go up 4-0. Canisius scored its lone goal late in the frame. For the game, Ohio State recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 60.92 percent.

Penn State vs. Bentley, 10/30/14 W, 3-2

In the opening frame, Bentley scored first on the power play. Penn State tied the game and took the lead by the end of the first period. For the frame, Penn State’s Corsi was 66.67 percent during 5-on-5 play. I calculated Corsi close in this game as play from the first period and into the second, until Penn State went ahead 3-1 in the second. Over that time, Penn State’s Corsi cloes for 5-on-5 play was 72 percent. Bentley scored to 3-2 in the third period, and after that goal Penn State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 68 percent.

Penn State vs. Bentley, 10/31/14 W, 3-2

Bentley led Penn State 2-0 at the end of the period, so I calculated Penn State’s 5-on-5 Corsi up to Bentley’s second goal. For that time frame, the Nittany Lions’ Corsi close was 42.86 percent. The Nittany Lions scored in the second to bring the score to 2-1. From that point to the end of the period, Penn State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 47.06 (note: I didn’t count the third period shots in that total, since games are typically tied in the third to count as close-score situations). Penn State scored back-to-back goals in the third to take the lead, and its 5-on-5 Corsi for the frame was 70.27 percent.

Minnesota vs. SCSU, 10/31/14 L, 4-1

The game was close until the end of the first, when St. Cloud scored its second goal of the game. Minnesota’s Corsi close for the period was 44.44 percent during 5-on-5 play. For the period in total, Minnesota’s Corsi was 42.86 percent. For 5-on-5 play in the game, Minnesota’s Corsi was 60.92 percent.

Minnesota vs. SCSU, 11/1/14 W, 4-3 OT

Most of this game could be considered a close-score situation. The teams swapped goals for the most part, and neither team held a two-goal lead. Both teams were scoreless in the first, and Minnesota’s 5-on-5 Corsi for the period was 87.50 percent. In the second, the Gophers and Huskies each scored twice. For that period, Minnesota’s Corsi was 65.22 percent during 5-on-5 play. Each team scored once in the third, with St. Cloud tying the game after Minnesota took the lead. Overall, Minnesota’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 64.52 percent.

Michigan State vs. Ferris State, 10/31/14 L, 1-0

Ferris State scored in the first period, when Michigan State recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 46.88 percent. In the second, all shots were recorded in 5-on-5 play. The Spartans dominated possession in the frame, recording a 79.55 percent Corsi. In the game’s final frame, the Spartans recoded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 66.67%.

Michigan State vs. Ferris State,11/1/14 W, 4-1

The score was only close until the end of the first period, when Michigan State scored twice. Until that point, Michigan State’s Corsi was 70.83 percent in 5-on-5 play. The Spartans scored again in the second to go up 3-0, and both teams netted a goal in the third period. For the game overall, Michigan State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 65.79 percent.

Previously in the Corsi series:

Big Ten: Week Three

Big Ten: Week Two

Big Ten: Week One

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