beating defenders 1 on 1
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02-09-2012, 10:22 AM
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: St Paul, MN
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Playing defense I think the hardest thing to stop is the quick deke or headfake and drive past either side. I see forwards swerve left and right and it's such a waste of time and energy. Again, make one quick move and foecefully go past on the side you decide.
That's what I do because I'm not a fast skater. The shorter stick helps here.
At my level (C-league), I can stickhandle and skate faster better than most guys can skate backwards and turn, so I go right at them and usually fake one way then quickly go wide the other and past them. Half the time it works, the other half they either poke check it or I chip it in.
Defending that, I'm not a great backwards skater, so I leave a little more gap, get my stick in the middle of the ice, try and get them to think they can cut to the middle, and as they make their move swipe the puck to the boards. That works most of the time, but I'm vulnerable to them stopping short, drop passing (forwards backcheck!
), or if they are good stickhandlers with a short stick they pull in tight and go around and I'm screwed.
If you're a great backwards skater or going against guys that are great, they can keep a tighter gap and you HAVE to go to the open ice and keep the puck in tight to the body (until you're going wide).
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