Big Ten: A Look Into Corsi, Week Five

Posted by: Jashvina Shah

Four Big Ten teams played this week, and Wisconsin returned to action after a two-week bye. The conference finished 3-5 over the weekend, with Minnesota sweeping Notre Dame and Michigan State splitting its series with UNH.

This is the first week I’ve been able to calculate Corsi for the Badgers, who are 0-6-0 on the season. On Friday, Wisconsin recorded a Corsi close of 38.10 percent, while on Saturday it was 50.82 in 5-on-5 play. I delve more into the situations of both games below, but the Badgers lost 4-3 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday.

Following the theme of scoring more goals while possessing the puck less, the Spartans recorded four goals in a 4-3 win over UNH, and finished the game with a 39.62 percent Corsi close. In Saturday night’s loss, Michigan State’s Corsi close was 46.94 percent.

Like last week, I provided the Corsi for each game by period. Below those stats, I have more details on Corsi close:

Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 4-3 L

Period 1: 5v5: 45.45%, Total: 44.12%;
Period 2: 5v5: 37.14%, Total: 37.74%;
Period 3: 5v5: 18.18%, Total: 24.24%;
Total: 5v5: 36.76%, Total: 35.83%

Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 5-1 L

Period 1: 5v5: 47.37%, Total: 45%;
Period 2: 5v5: 56.52%, Total: 50%;
Period 3: 5v5: 40%, Total: 41.18%;
Total: 5v5: 47.67%, Total: 45.54%

Michigan State vs. UNH, 4-3 W

Period 1: 5v5: 46.88%, Total: 39.58%;
Period 2: 5v5: 32%, Total: 36.67%;
Period 3: 5v5: 25.81%, Total: 22.22%;
Total: 5v5: 35.23%, Total: 33.33%

Michigan State vs. UNH, 5-2 L

Period 1: 5v5: 44.44%, Total: 40.74%;
Period 2: 5v5: 48.39%, Total: 60%;
Period 3: 5v5: 68.42%, Total: 68.75%;
Total: 5v5: 52.94%, Total: 57.58%

Ohio State vs.Nebraska-Omaha, 4-1 L

Period 1: 5v5: 60%, Total: 62.50%;
Period 2: 5v5: 51.85%, Total: 50%;
Period 3: 5v5: 66.67%, Total: 64.71%;
Total: 5v5: 57.38%, Total: 57.14%

Ohio State vs.Nebraska-Omaha, 4-3 L

Period 1: 5v5: 44%, Total: 47.06%;
Period 2: 5v5: 45.83%, Total: 42.42%;
Period 3: 5v5: 38.89%, Total: 47.62%;
Total: 5v5: 42.35%, Total: 45.87%

Minnesota vs. Notre Dame, 5-0 W

Period 1: 5v5: 61.29%, Total: 62.79%;
Period 2: 5v5: 60%, Total: 61.76%;
Period 3: 5v5: 53.85%, Total: 52.63%;
Total: 5v5: 58.62%, Total: 59.13%

Minnesota vs. Notre Dame, 4-2 W

Period 1: 5v5: 45% Total: 55.55%
Period 2: 5v5: 50%, Total: 37.50%;
Period 3: 5v5: 38.46%, Total: 52.63%;
Total: 5v5: 46.03%, Total: 50%

Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 11/7/14 L, 4-3

The game was close for the first two periods, when Wisconsin emerged with a 2-1 lead. North Dakota tied the game early in the third, and then scored twice more in the period to take the lead. I calculated Corsi close up until North Dakota went up 3-2 in the third, and Wisconsin’s Corsi close was 38.10 percent in 5-on-5 play. North Dakota took a good portion of their shots on the power play in the last frame. In total, Wisconsin’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 36.76 percent.

Wisconsin vs. North Dakota, 11/8/14 L, 5-1

The game was close until both teams entered the third period with North Dakota up 2-1. Over that period, Wisconsin’s Corsi close during 5-on-5 play was 50.82 percent. North Dakota scored three times in the third to take the game 5-1. Overall, Wisconsin’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 47.67 percent, which was better than Friday night’s Corsi.

Michigan State vs. UNH, 11/7/14 W, 4-3

Michigan State’s 5-on-5 Corsi close for the game was 39.62 percent (this period spanned a little bit of the first period and all of the second). In total, the Spartans finished with a 5-on-5 Corsi of 35.23 percent.

Michigan State vs. UNH, 11/8/14 L, 5-2

For this game, Corsi close spanned the first and second periods. The Wildcats scored first, but Michigan State scored twice in the second to take a 1-0 lead. UNH responded with two goals to emerge from the period ahead 3-2. Over the first two periods, Michigan State’s Corsi close for 5-on-5 play was 46.94 percent. For the game, Michigan State’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 52.94 percent. The Spartans also blocked nine shots in the loss as opposed to 17 the night before — which corresponds to increased possession.

Ohio State vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 11/7/14 L, 4-1

The score was close until Nebraska-Omaha went up 2-0 at the end of the second period. Over that time frame, Ohio State’s 5-on-5 Corsi close was 58.33 percent 5-on-5. Ohio State cut the deficit to 2-1 in the third, but Nebraska-Omaha added a power play goal not long after. For the game, the Buckeyes finished with a 5-on-5 Corsi of 57.38 percent.

Ohio State vs. Nebraska-Omaha, 11/8/14 L, 4-3

The game was close at several periods, including most of the first and all of the second. The Buckeyes scored first and accrued a 3-1 lead, but Nebraska-Omaha scored late in the first and tied it in the second. Over that span, Ohio State’s 5-on-5 Corsi close was 48.94 percent. The Buckeyes recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 42.35 percent.

Minnesota vs. Notre Dame, 11/7/14 W, 5-0

The Gophers dominated the Irish in the game, and the Corsi stats from the 5-0 win support that. The game was close until the second period, when the Gophers went up 2-0. Minnesota’s Corsi close for the game was 42.35 percent during 5-on-5 play. The Gophers scored three times in the third period, when they recorded a 5-on-5 Corsi of 53.85 percent.

Minnesota vs. Notre Dame, 11/8/14 W, 4-2

The score wasn’t close for long in this game, as the Gophers scored on the first shot. Not long after, they added a power play goal. Over that small period, Minnesota’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 22.22 percent. By the end of the first, Minnesota had a 3-0 lead. Notre Dame scored twice in the second, but it wasn’t enough to topple the Gophers. For the game, Minnesota’s 5-on-5 Corsi was 46.03 percent.

Previously in the Corsi series:

Big Ten: Week Four

Big Ten: Week Three

Big Ten: Week Two

Big Ten: Week One

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