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10-15-2007, 02:49 PM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
If I can try and break it down simply:
1. Push the attacker to the outside on 1-on-1's. Put yourself between the goalie and the attacker, but I like to stay just on the inside of that line so I'm not screening the goalie. Just remember the closer the puck is to the boards, the smaller the angle for the shot and the easier time the goalie has to stop it.
2. Watch the attacker's chest. He can do whatever he wants with the puck, but don't let him cut around you. It's the goalie's job to stop the puck, your job to make it harder for that guy to shoot. Stay with the man and let the goalie worry about watching the puck.
3. On 2-on-1's, get yourself and your stick between the two attackers to cut off the pass. Again, it's the goalie's job to watch and stop the puck, you're just going to make sure that the shot can only come from the puck carrier and not the other man. And after the shot, stay in the slot to clear rebounds.
Talk to your goalie whenever possible and ask him want he wants you to do and what you can improve on.
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