Saturday, December 31, 2011

Harvard vs. UND shot charts game one

The Fighting Sioux came out in the first period with a lot of energy and had a lot of nice chances in the slot. There were a couple of shots close in that Sioux forwards had an open net and whiffed on the shot and or heeled the shot.
From the fun stats department; Fighting Sioux freshman defenseman Nick Mattson became the first UND defenseman to score a shorthanded goal since October 16, 2009. With all of the offensive defensemen that graced the Sioux roster during that time period it was hard to believe that it had been 25 and a half months since Derrick LaPoint scored a short handed goal against the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
Looking at the shot chart in the third period you can see why Fighting Sioux hockey coach Dave Hackstol was not all that pleased with his teams effort in the third period.
After the game, Fighting Sioux head coach Dave Hakstol was not very happy with his team’s effort in the third period and said that his team went out soft in the third period. "We had three shots on goal fifteen minutes into the third period. We didn’t go out and play hard in the third period and that is what cost us the game." Coach Hakstol also said that he thought, "the team didn’t play well in the third period..." He thought "they were on their heels and had their heads up their rear ends.“

  • Dating back to last season Harvard has scored at least one power play goal in their last 15 games. Harvard scored on their first power play in last night’s game. Ha
  • Harvard has trailed 17 times this season and come back to tie the score 14 times. Harvard tied the score in last night’s game two more times.
  • The Crimson take a five game unbeaten streak into tonight’s game.
  • Until last night Harvard had outscored their opponents 19-11 in the second period. Last night the Fighting Sioux outscored them 4-1.
  • The Harvard Crimson are seeking their first win against a WCHA team since December 30th, 2006.
  • The Fighting Sioux have been looking for balanced scoring. Last night, no named Brock Nelson (14g-8a—22pts), Danny Kristo (9g-11a—20pts)  or Corbin Knight (6-15a—21pts) scored a goal for the Fighting Sioux.
  • Harvard’s Alex Lillorn was 17-4 in the faceoff circle last night.
  • Fighting Sioux freshman Mark MacMillan went 9-6 in the faceoff circle last night.