Who: Michigan (3-3) vs Dartmouth (0-4)
Where: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor
When: Saturday March 19, 1:00 PM ET
How to Watch: MGoBlue TV
For the second week in a row, and the third time this season, Michigan will face off against a team from the Ivy League. The Wolverines are 0-2 against Penn and Brown, but now welcome the 0-4 Dartmouth Big Green to Michigan Stadium.
|Goals Per Game||10.33||5.75|
|Man-up||10-28 (.357)||2-8 (.250)|
|Face-offs||82-165 (.497)||30-80 (.375)|
|Clears||92-106 (.868)||60-78 (.769)|
Neither team is bringing overly impressive stats into the game, but two things I would note...Dartmouth likes to take shots on goal, and they're making over 65% of those shots. Maybe the Big Green aren't scoring too many goals overall, but with five guys sitting at 60% or higher on SOG, they sure as hell are trying. However, that .197 offensive efficiency looms large.
No Dartmouth player is even in double digits in scoring, but Wiley Osborne's seven goals in four games puts him in the top spot on the Big Green stat sheet. Jack Korzelius is next with four goals on the season. But, as you can see above, offense isn't Dartmouth's specialty.
The defensive side of the ball isn't terrible...at least when compared to Michigan. Defenseman Austin Meacham has 15 GBs and four caused turnovers in four games, but he's also served the second-most penalty time at 2.5 minutes. What does that have to do with anything? I'm not sure; I'm just trying to fill up some space, now.
Dartmouth's FOGO specialist is junior Don Stephan who heads into the game with a .491 winning percentage at X. Michigan's Brad Lott holds the advantage with a .535 winning percentage so far. Head coach John Paul went with a platoon of guys at X against Brown last week, but Saturday should belong exclusively to Lott.
Look for Kyle Jackson to extend his lead at the top of Michigan's stat sheet this weekend, too. He's currently at 20 goals on the season, but don't be surprised if breakout freshman Brent Noseworthy adds to his resume. With five goals in three games for the young attackman, he is certainly becoming someone to watch for the Wolverines.
Gerald Logan gave up 21 goals to Brown last weekend, but he did have 17 saves, too. He's a good netminder who needs the support of the defense in front of him in order to be truly successful. When your guys aren't sliding, or sliding at the wrong time, the open shots are going to be there, and the goalie is only as good as the rest of the defense.
I expect Michigan to come away with the victory at the end of sixty minutes of play, but don't be at all surprised if they allow Dartmouth to keep it close.