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10-20-2012, 02:13 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Ann Arbor
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You've answered yourself with the last sentence. Smaller rinks leave less time and space to make plays and decisions, so yes they do reward quick decisions and smart plays. However the nature of those smaller rinks also makes speed even more vital because having that extra quarter-to-half step is the difference between breaking through the defense or getting tied up along the boards. Every second matters even more. The lack of time and space also makes for faster pace where transitional play is critical and speed is one of the largest components to excelling in the transition game. Just like your example, it's rare a player is totally free where the defenseman can't try to harass them, but those situations also drawn penalties at a high frequency which is also a positive outcome. If you don't have the speed to keep up in the transitional game, you put your team at a big disadvantage and surrender potential odd-man breaks and late-man/trailer plays, both of which are prime scoring opportunities.
Ah. I must still have great acceleration then. That's what it is.
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