Beer league mistakes and tips
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08-08-2010, 03:32 PM
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Kitimat, BC
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One thing I've been noticing in my leagues more and more lately is centers try to win the faceoff to themselves. Always win the face off back to one of your defenseman to keep possession. Don't try to flip it forward to yourself because unless you're someone like Joe Sakic, you're only giving the other team the puck.
It's about picking your spots, more or less, but you also have to be a good enough faceoff-guy to do it. When I'm on the goalie's left faceoff dot taking a faceoff, I'll often chip it between the opposing forward's legs and go for the high glove shot. I've got a decent success ratio with it because it's fast enough that the center and the goalie don't expect it. Tied our league final game while 2-men short doing that.
I've seen plenty of guys try it on a defensive zone faceoff, though...not as good a spot given that the defensemen are waiting for that puck to come to them to fire it.
I've gotta echo the "don't take it too seriously" comments...sure, try hard, skate hard, play to the best of your ability...take the shot you're the best at, dive for the loose pucks, hustle on the fore and backcheck...but if you lose, it's not the end of the world and certainly don't dump on teammates, refs or opponents over it. It's a rec hockey league, just go out, play hard, have a beer after and have a good time.
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