BITE SIZE GOALIE INFORMATION PLAYING THE BREAKAWAY:
This article is dedicated on how to play a breakaway. There are many factors to consider when you're facing a breakaway.
1) What is the speed of the player carrying the puck ? 2) is the breakaway clean or is the player with the puck under pressure from one of your teammate's ? 3) is the breakaway coming directly down the middle of the ice or coming at an angle ? right side ? left side ? 4) is the player a right or left shot ?
Take away the shooter's space and play big. Skate out of the crease two to three feet beyond the crease. Your decision to be agressive and outside the crease should take away the shot from the shooter !
As the shooter passes the hash mark there will be a DECISION from the shooter to shoot or deke. YOU should maintain your aggressive position keeping your feet active and with your momentum going slowly backwards depending how fast the shooter is skating. Stay up and mobile on your skates. Going down early will open, and make you less mobile to close the back door should the shooter decides to deke !
IMPORTANT CUES TO READ FROM THE SHOOTER: Is the puck located in the front or to the side of the shooter ? If the puck is positioned in front of the shooter, a deke is likely to occur. If the puck is on the side of the shooter, a shot is likely to occur. By now you have determined if the shooter is a right or a left hand shot ! Most shooters will widen their skating stance when they decide to deke or shoot. Stay alert !
WHEN THE SHOOTER SELECTS TO SHOOT: Delay some of your backwards motion and hope that the shot hits your equipment or goes wide of the net. On a close in shot, anticipate the possibility that the shooter will shoot for your five hole in your stance. The closer the puck is positioned to you, the less options the shooter will have to find high shooting targets.
WHEN THE SHOOTER HAS SELECTED TO DEKE:
Measure your speed and shadow the shooter to your post. Keep your stick in front and turn your hips to the side where the shooter has selected to go. If the shooter is on the backhand and in close to you, using your butterfly you may attempt to use the short quick poke-check. If the shooter selects to deke on the forhand side, you may want to stay tight by closing all of the seams in your butterfly stance and having the puck find you. Sqeeze the knees and flair your pads to the post. E.G. if you are moving backwards in your crease and the shooter has selected to go to your left, make sure to quickly bring your right pad (trailling pad) to your left pad (leading pad) to close quickly in your butterfly. Thus avoiding a five hole goal !
WHAT TO AVOID ON DEKES:
Making the first move on the first deke on the shooter.
Backing in too early into the net.
Coming out too far of your net. Thus having the shooter skate past you with the puck.
Trying to poke-check too early.
Move with the shooter and play the puck.
Depending on the speed of the shooter you will have to gauge how fast you need to retreat backwards.
TIP OF THE WEEK: Respect your coach and your teammates. Take accountability for all your actions. Always praise your teammates weather the team wins or the team is coming off a tough loss !
Louis Chabot Editor of the Weekly Goalie Briefing e-mail:email@example.com Ph: 978 758-2730