Gap Control - Defending Against Fast Forwards
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02-21-2010, 11:18 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Boston Area
1. Be able to skate backwards as fast as you can forwards. Just get lower and make sure you're using full extension. I always practice getting lower and faster for backwards skating. Quicker feet develop from practice. You can probably move a lot faster than you think.
2. As mentioned before, don't always have full extension with your stick. Disguise where the danger area is for the puck carrier.
3. Stick length away from your man.
4. As mentioned, if you have help behind you, try and stop the puck carrier at the blue line.
5. Let him skate into the corners or to your three o-clock position once he's deep in the zone. If he scores from there, it isn't your fault.
6. You have the trailer, the goalie has the shooter.
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