Gap Control - Defending Against Fast Forwards
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03-07-2010, 02:06 AM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Cheektovegas, NY
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This is an interesting debate you guys got going on. I've never thought to try and disguise the pokecheck by keeping my stick close to the body. In fact, I usually do the opposite, try and keep an active stick.
Disguising the poke check? That's just sneaky.
I find being prepared is key to the game. I usually have an idea of how the player will react to a situation. Watch the games after yours(if there are any) or even come in and watch the ones before. After a while you get the idea of what you will see. I understand it's a beer league, but most guys are there to get better and the ones not playing might be able to help you out.
I'm a smallish(5'10" 175lbs) D-man who really can't rely on hitting, but relies on positioning, but average skater( I learned to skate by myself.) If I can anticipate the play I don't get beat hardly. I let them come to me and usually the guys will try to be fancy, and put the puck between the legs and pick it up on the other side. What I usually do is tie up their stick and use my skates to push the puck to the outside. Also try not to screen the goalie.
Line up your outside shin pad with the puck. I find most players will just shoot into you and then you just have to chip it out. Simple plays make hockey a whole lot easier. I get yelled at by my teammates for not putting the guy on his butt, but the goalie will thank me at the end of the game. The boards are your friend.
On two on ones I let the goalie get a good view of the puck but at the same time keep my stick next to/in front of his stick. It gives the opportunity for you to deflect the puck out and kill the play and gives the player no where to pass since your stick is right there. Keep your self balanced between the two guys.
Just some ideas I find work for any kind of league.
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