The Michigan Wolverines proved that their season-opening win on the ice of 8-1 over Arizona State was not a fluke, following it up with a 3-0 to complete the sweep of the Sun Devils this past weekend.
While the 3-0 score doesn’t look quite like a domination, the advanced statistics tell a different story. Michigan won the Corsi (shot attempt metric) 65-39 on Saturday’s 8-1 win, and outdid that on Sunday with an 83-31 advantage. So, they actually played better on Sunday despite only having 3 goals.
I do attribute the better play from Arizona State’s true freshman goalie, Cole Brady, who is no slouch himself as a 5th round 2019 NHL Draft pick. However, it took a herculean-type effort from Brady and some luck to keep Michigan to 3 goals. Combine that with some really solid defensemen and one of the best goalies in college hockey in Strauss Mann and...buddy...we’ve got something here.