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Outplaying ND goalie Conor Kelly - Key for Lax Semi

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Looking at the season stats compared to head to head, one thing really jumps out. Conor Kelly - ND's goalie - is outplaying Niko in the goal (and his season average). He's saved over 70% of the shots on goal in game 2 which is well over his season average of 48.2%. Niko has done well - particularly in game 2 when he saved 60% of the shots on goal, just over his season average of 57%. Kelly was helped by the Terps terrible shooting in game 2 (16%)

Amato has been helped by the Terp D which limited the Irish to only 21 shots in Game 1 and 30 shots in Game 2 (both are well below their season average of 37 shots per game). Kelly has not been helped by his defense - Terps are right around their season average of 40 shots per game (40 in game one and 37 in game 2).

If Niko can continue to improve his ability to stop ND shots (and stay above his season average) and if the Terps shooters can figure Kelly out (and get him down around his season average) that is going to be very good for the Terps. Especially, if they continue to dominate on possession (via GBs, and FOs), continue to outperform ND on EMO (which they can do even better on if they can bring penalties down).

Here's the stats (from Terp site combined with game stats).

Maryland Category Notre Dame
Season Avg Game 1 Game 2 Season Avg Game 1 Game 2
11.7 12.0 5.0 Goals Per Game 12.10 8.0 6.0
7 8.0 6.0 Opponents' Goals Per Game 9.70 12.0 5.0
40.2 40.0 37.0 Shots Per Game 37.60 21.0 30.0
29.1 30.0 16.0 Shot Percentage 32.10 38.0 20.0
22.3 26.0 17.0 Shots on Goal Per Game 22.80 17.0 15.0
58.3 65.0 46.0 Shots on Goal Percentage 60.60 81.0 50.0
9.6 9.0 9.0 Saves Per Game 9.00 14.0 12.0
57.9 53% 60% Save Percentage 48.20 54% 71%
35.6 35.0 30.0 Groundballs Per Game 31.20 21.0 14.0
22.4 21.0 14.0 Opponents' Groundballs Per Game 28.90 35.0 30.0
13.4 16.0 16.0 Turnovers Per Game 14.10 13.0 12.0
7.4 7.0 6.0 Caused Turnovers Per Game 6.70 6.0 10.0
64.2 83.0 77.0 Face-Off Percentage 57.30 17.0 23.0
91.5 86.0 94.0 Clear Percentage 86.40 80.0 76.0
81.7 80.0 76.0 Opponents' Clear Percentage 81.80 86.0 94.0
3.2 6.0 3.0 Penalties Per Game 3.90 4.0 2.0
2.6 5.0 2.0 Penalty Minutes Per Game 2.90 3.0 2.0
46.2 67.0 50.0 Man-Up Conversion Percentage 54.70 40.0 33.0
43.2 40.0 33.0 Opponents' Man-Up Conversion Percentage 43.60 67.0 50.0

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