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monami 02-28-2008 02:49 PM

Defending against the umbrella!
What's the best way to defend against the umbrella? The Midget team I coach allowed four pp goals in the first game of the finals. The opponent was using the umbrellla formation on the pp which we haven't seen all season from other teams and we need to make adjustments. Any suggestions!

Snip Genos 02-28-2008 04:23 PM

I think the diamond is the best way to defend it.

Nosebleed Section 02-28-2008 04:50 PM

I'm assuming you mean 3 shooters at top 1 on the side and like one in front, is that right?

To counter this I would have 1 forward alway at the top hovering from the ringette line up to the middle guy takeing away that middle shot. If the puck gets passed to say the right side shooter then have either pker (lets just say a forward) pressure him slightly . The forward that was at the top should be very conscience of the cross ice pass. If or when it makes it to the other side since your forward will have been on the other side a d will have to move up.

So basically you'll always have two guys down protecting the net. If the puck is at the very top then you'll only have one guy high but the two guys need to be ready to go to their respective shooters to cover. This should prevent most quality shots and allow you to outnumber them in front of the goal.

willy0314 02-28-2008 05:58 PM

diamond....clog passing and shooting lanes, light pressure on the puck until its down low and the puck carriers options become limited.

deanosaur 02-28-2008 06:24 PM

hack the players in the ankles every chance you get.
but the diamond is the best way for sure.

monami 03-01-2008 02:11 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. Game two today at 1:00pm. We will be using the diamond when the puck is high and collapsing into a box when the puck moves low to avoid being outmanned in front of the net.

monami 03-02-2008 02:52 PM

Well we had much better success, allowing just 1 pp goal against. However we came up just short in a 4-3 loss failing to advance to the provincials. Thanks again.

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