HFBoards

Go Back   HFBoards > General Hockey Discussion > The Rink
Mobile Hockey's Future Become a Sponsor Site Rules Support Forum vBookie Page 2
The Rink For the not so ready for prime-time players, coaches, referees, and the people that have to live with them. Discuss experiences in local leagues, coaching tips, equipment, and training.

Attacking the Opposition as a Fwd

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old
11-22-2011, 10:21 AM
  #1
noobman
Registered User
 
noobman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Country: Canada
Posts: 4,636
vCash: 500
Attacking the Opposition as a Fwd

Hey guys,

Just wanted to get your opinion on this... when the opponent has the puck and is breaking out of the zone, where/when should a forward (winger) attack the puck carrier coming down his side?

My instinct is usually to let the player get to just before our blueline before trying to stand him up, but lately the guys on defense haven't been too happy about it. They keep telling me to stand my guy up, but I'm having a hard time figuring out when to pick my spots and where to try and attack.

Should I be trying to stuff their breakout at their blueline? Further up in the neutral zone? Somewhere else?

noobman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
11-22-2011, 12:18 PM
  #2
Dump and Chase
Hand of God
 
Dump and Chase's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Country: Canada
Posts: 636
vCash: 500
First man on the scene should be attacking the puck carrier as soon as you can get to him. The sooner you get on him the less time he has: for people to get open, to adjust his body position to pass, to get control of the puck. If you skate hard, all the way to the puck carrier with your stick out in front you can create lots of turnovers. A hard working tenacious fore-check pays off in spades.


Waiting to engage out around the blue line is about the worst spot you can get involved. By then they have control of the puck, passing lanes are starting to open up and you are caught in no-mans land.

Dump and Chase is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
11-22-2011, 12:58 PM
  #3
Godzilla
Registered User
 
Godzilla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Montreal
Country: Canada
Posts: 1,499
vCash: 500
You need to try and force your opponent to the outside at about the redline. You dont want to open up the middle of the rink and allow and easy entrance into the zone.

Godzilla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
11-22-2011, 01:20 PM
  #4
newfr4u
Registered User
 
newfr4u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 381
vCash: 500
usually, if you are the first forward, you have to make the decision whether to forecheck or not. there are some necessary conditions for a forecheck.

one, you should have a reasonable chance to get the puck outright. if you are attacking a player who is way better than you, then it may not be worth it. he will skate by you and you will be out of position.

two, a forecheck is not an individual effort. your teammates should be prepared for your forecheck, that is they should be taking away passing lanes or preparing for a trap. if they don't, then the guy being pressured can pass and once again you are chasing the play from behind. if you teammates just went to the bench for a change, a forecheck is usually ill-advised because the new line may not have taken their proper positions yet.

finally, if the above conditions made you decide against the forecheck, but you are still the first forward, you need to contain the puck carrier and make his coming out of the zone tougher. if he sees a stretch pass, you need to be the one to make him think otherwise. if he decides to carry the puck, you need to be ready to play his body. if he sees an open lane up the middle, you need to be the one to take it away from him. this is why mirroring drills are so important.

newfr4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old
11-22-2011, 08:48 PM
  #5
noobman
Registered User
 
noobman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Country: Canada
Posts: 4,636
vCash: 500
Quote:
Originally Posted by newfr4u View Post
usually, if you are the first forward, you have to make the decision whether to forecheck or not. there are some necessary conditions for a forecheck.

one, you should have a reasonable chance to get the puck outright. if you are attacking a player who is way better than you, then it may not be worth it. he will skate by you and you will be out of position.
That first one is a big sticking point for me. I haven't been playing all that long and, although my skating has gotten better by leaps and bounds every year, I still have that mentality I had when I was new where I'd say to myself "Okay you're not good enough to force the turnover, so just contain him". I guess it's that's more in my head... I'll work on it.


Quote:
two, a forecheck is not an individual effort. your teammates should be prepared for your forecheck, that is they should be taking away passing lanes or preparing for a trap. if they don't, then the guy being pressured can pass and once again you are chasing the play from behind. if you teammates just went to the bench for a change, a forecheck is usually ill-advised because the new line may not have taken their proper positions yet.
Usually if the puck carrier isn't on my side of the ice or near center, I'll lay off and try to clog up a passing lane or play one of the potential pass recipients tightly. Is this the right move? If not, what should I be doing?

Quote:
finally, if the above conditions made you decide against the forecheck, but you are still the first forward, you need to contain the puck carrier and make his coming out of the zone tougher. if he sees a stretch pass, you need to be the one to make him think otherwise. if he decides to carry the puck, you need to be ready to play his body. if he sees an open lane up the middle, you need to be the one to take it away from him. this is why mirroring drills are so important.
Thanks a lot. You've given me a lot to work on!

noobman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Forum Jump


Bookmarks

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:43 AM.

monitoring_string = "e4251c93e2ba248d29da988d93bf5144"
Contact Us - HFBoards - Archive - Privacy Statement - Terms of Use - Advertise - Top - AdChoices

vBulletin Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
HFBoards.com is a property of CraveOnline Media, LLC, an Evolve Media, LLC company. 2015 All Rights Reserved.