How to succeed on a breakaway - getting past defensemen
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03-05-2013, 11:45 AM
Join Date: Aug 2011
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There is a reason you rarely see 1-1 rushes turn into breakaways after you pass the age of 12 unless their is a huge skill gap between the forward and defenseman. Simple solution is really the best. Protect the puck, go to the outside and wait for a teammate to catch up and get open in the slot area.
having spent this season with a mites team, i know what you mean. most breakaways in rec league are earned 1-2 seconds before you pass the defenseman, usually without the puck (unless it's a ringer playing way below his level). there are some 1-on-1 drills that illustrate this very well, by delaying the defenseman, or by giving the forward a head start.
however, the basic tactic/athletic movement (catching a defenseman out of position/flat-footed, getting a quick start/going wide then cutting to the middle lane, etc.) is the same, and you can definitely practice and get better at it.
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