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10-23-2013, 10:16 AM
Join Date: Jul 2005
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Placing one guy in front of the goalie is not an aggressive forechecking scheme. Having another "forechecking player" roam above the face off circles is not an agressive forechecking scheme.
What we saw time and again was puck carrier wait for 2 support players, one near the wall, the other in the face off circle. Puck carrier passes to support player 1 near the wall, he gets pressed and passes to support player 2 in the FO dot who then has 2 options, dish to the far side to support player 3 or give back to emerging player that started the breakout.
The problem with this is that forchecker 1 in front of the net needs to press the decisions made by puck holder behind the net. We never did that. We allowed time for support to develope and because of that we were beaten cleanly out of the zone ALL of the time.
An agressive forchecking system requires the guys to force the issue and make the carrier do things they do not want to do. Press the issue and defenceman can and will cough up the puck. We see it happen with our D all the time. That's what agressive forchecking systems do.
We do not do that.
Do not or did not? Are you talking about Torts or AV?
Torts usually had 2 players below the hash marks. Those players had little support from the 3rd F above the face off circle and none from the D who were often not even in the zone. Being outnumbered 5 to 2 or 3 in the zone usually leads to an easy breakout.
I always thought Torts forecheck was just aggressive enough to wear the team out but not really very effective.
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