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07-18-2007, 11:41 PM
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
I mostly play forward, but for one game a few games ago I played d-man since we were short..Just a few things I noticed:
1. Not sure about roller since I played ball hockey, but it seems off the boards is tricky. sometimes the ball comes off at weird angles right on their stick. If you have a fraction of a second more, up and out is safer..
2. Going down, at least* to one knee seems to block a lot more shots than justt rying to stand up and block it...but don't block shots (i.e. go down) right in the slot in front of the goalie unless yours wants you to..mine didn't
3. Keep your stick active in possible passing lanes. I'm not a big guy so I usually had to let opposing forwards get the ball since i'd get rubbed out too eaisly if I tried to battle for it. However, I made sure that if they were on the half-boards, that I had a stick in the way of the slot, and body positioning so he couldn't come out easily without getting stick checked.
Thats all for now.. hope that helps!!
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