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01-20-2011, 10:18 AM
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Originally Posted by budster View Post
Most of us forwards imagine these incredible one-on-one shootout style goals so that's what we practice.

In reality, the majority of your goals will come from deflections, rebounds, or well-placed assists. Focusing on positioning will probably help you more than anything. So the secret to scoring goals? Linemates who put the puck on net and know how to pass.
I'd say my goals are 70% wrist/snap shots off the rush, 25% from passes, and 5% rebounds/deflections. Mostly because at the lower levels of hockey, players aren't skilled enough to cycle the puck for a great assist or maintain possession long enough to get it back to the point for a shot, which will almost never make it to the net.

"Going to the net" for me means taking myself completely out of the play and isolating the puck carrier. Instead, what's far more effective, is working the triangle, especially along the boards. The puck carrier often will get pushed to the outside by one defender, and another defender is going to watch me (as the weak side winger) while the center is cutting off any kind of centering pass. So if I'm at the net, I'm useless.

But if I go behind the net and call for a pass along the boards, the center and defenseman won't want to drop behind the goal line and leave the front of the net wide open, so I can receive the pass and either make another quick pass to my point or try and find my center on a quick pass. Or occasionally I will just skate the puck out turn and try and shelf it from the top of the crease (works surprisingly well).

Really though, the best goal scorers at lower levels of hockey are the ones who can get themselves into a good scoring position with the puck. In a 1-on-1 situation, most lower rec goalies can only stop the puck maybe 1 out of every 5 times. If you can take 2-3 shots on the rush, you're going to score a goal every other game. Add in other scoring chances from the cycle, odd man rushes, and the odd garbage goal, and you can score a lot more.

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