1 on 1 against a conservative D-man
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04-10-2009, 03:30 PM
Boo or Boo-urns?
Join Date: Jul 2006
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I don't think he can reach that high.
I kid- I'm a short guy myself. I know how it feels.
As for what you should do, it depends a lot on you. I had a situation like that before, and stopped, turned sideways and glided across the crease and forced him to try and move with the lane, I got him to screen the goalie and I shot against the grain top shelf for a goal. However, that requires good skating and a quick release. If you have a more powerful shot that takes longer, you're going to do something different.
But I didn't have time to think about that. And really, you shouldn't. You develop a sense where your mind subconsciously picks up on patterns and body motions and comes up with a plan of action. It's like aiming a shot. You don't do anything consciously, you just practice and your brain figures out where to shoot in a game situation without you needing to have input, if that makes any sense.
But the two things you can really do in that case are slow down and speed up. You can slow down like I did and start sideways, which opens up room and time for you to work with, or you can do the speed power move. If you're not moving at full speed, and you won't be if he's staying in front of you successfully while skating backwards, Unless he's a good bit better skater then you, You hold the puck away from your body with just the top hand on your stick, extened, slam forward as hard as you can and lean in toward him while driving past. Your body will protect the puck, and holding the stick at full arm's reach will keep it away from him. Once you're past, you can pull the puck back in and make a move on the goalie.
Obviously the second one is a lot harder, it takes great acceleration and speed, as well as good puck protection, stickhanding skills and the strength to stickhandle one handed. If you pull it off though, it's about one of the sweetest goals you'll ever see.
If you want an idea of what I'm talking about in video, there's an example at 1:24 of this clip.
Thanks for the advice. I actually do frequently use my body to protect and one hand the puck in, but when the D is playing so low in the crease sometimes my angle gets completely taken away and I'm forced to shoot on a goalie with his pads stacked against the post (or I'll circle around the net and look for a streaking forward).
Also, I can only do this when I'm on the right side (I'm a lefty). I'm not that strong single handed on the left side. But like I said, alot of the times the D just stays in my way. I do like the idea of slowing the play down though. My best shot is my snap shot and I have a fairly quick release on it with decent aim. Maybe if I'm coming in fast I could stop and force him to screen and just try to hit the corner or even a 5 hole. I have preseason game tomorrow so if I get a chance I'll try it out.
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