Backcheck: First forward in defensive zone
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09-05-2011, 08:43 PM
Delivering The Truth
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
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The way I was taught is that a normal defense is essentially a matchup zone, where you've got a responsibility to an area (as a winger, covering your point) but you've got a primary responsibility to make sure there's a body on on every player on the other team. If you're in the defensive zone, you should never be standing around defending empty space. So if you're the first forward back, you've got to pick up whoever that third player is until your center gets back into the zone.
The biggest key is communication with your teammates so that you know when to switch assignments once everyone gets back.
Good post, this is what I would do as well. Even though positionally, as a winger you should be covering your point, once you jump into the play defensively and make it a 3 on 2 instead, your center should pick up on this and cover your assignment as you're covering his.
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