Michigan 16, Toledo 1

With an easy win over Toledo, Michigan has wrapped up their third undefeated season in the past four years. It was easy going for the Wolverines, who led 9-1 at halftime and played several guys who have seen limited time this year.

Tempo Free

From the official recap, your tempo-free breakdown:

Toledo
Michigan Toledo
Faceoff Wins 17 Faceoff Wins 3
Clearing 18-23 Clearing 10-28
Possessions 58 Possessions 36
Goals 16 Goals 1
Offensive Efficiency .276 Offensive Efficiency .028

Michigan absolutely dominated possession. Five different Wolverines took faceoffs, with three of them (Greiner with 5, Andrew Hayden with 3, and JD Johnson with 1) notching perfect days. Edward Ernst went 7-9 and Joey Hrusovsky went 1-2. It wasn’t all faceoffs though, as Michigan cleared at .783 while riding Toledo into a pitiful .357 clearing rate. In all aspects of the possession game, Michigan was exceptional.

In efficiency terms, holding the opponent to one goal on the day is a guaranteed method of ensuring a strong defensive performance.

Notes

The standard goaltender switch did not take place, as both Mark Stone and Andrew Fowler had the day off. Sophomore Cy Abdelnour went the distance, recording 2 saves.

It wasn’t a particularly high-scoring day for the boys in blue, but Thomas Paras notched 5 points on 2 goals and 3 assists, while Zach Dauch scored 4 goals. The usual suspects (aside from Paras) didn’t do a whole lot, with Trevor Yealy only scoring 1 goal, and LSM Matt Asperheim’s 7-game scoring streak broken.

As is always the case with games against weak competition, it’s hard to draw too many conclusions from the one. Nice to get some playing time for some of the depth players. I might have a couple more thoughts on it tomorrow.

Up Next

The Wolverines have a week off (conveniently coinciding with exams), and next take the field for the CCLA Tournament on May 7th in Saline.

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