Switching from Forward to Defense
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10-18-2011, 12:29 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
That is good advice from ATLhockey.
I'd also suggest- as someone who played forward growing up only to drop back in beer leagues- that pinching can be done at all 3 lines: not just the offensive blue line. It's a good time to close the gap on a puck carrier as it can either force icing or an offside.
If I can suggest something different from ATLhockey without disagreeing, I find it easier to stick with the puck carrier in the defensive zone, rather than have my partner take him once he gets to the other side of the net. I find this eliminates confusion when switching marks- but means that you'll have to cover the other side of the ice in the meantime.
Always stay between your man and the net.
Once you get a feel for D, and you trust your partner, one of my favourite ways to force the issue on a 3 on 2 against is have the far-side D cross sides and take the puck carrier once they hit the blue line. That way he can turn and skate the guy into the corner, and the near side D can drift to the middle of the ice to intercept a pass.
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