PHYSICAL SKILLS & BREAKDOWNS


COVERING UP - PUCK HUNGER

KEY POINTS

keep head up all the time

use catch glove to cover puck

do not aimlessly dive for pucks

use stick for protection, & to bring pucks to your  glove

COMMON PROBLEMS

Goalie afraid to take a whistle

Goalie diving at everything

Goalie has weak “puck awareness”

Goalie not aggressive

Goalie puts head down losing sight of the action

Goalie leaves feet too quickly and has to crawl to the loose puck

OVERALL

A goalie must know when to take a whistle, when to clear a puck, and what the league rules
permit regarding covering up. A goalie must be strong and aggressive with the ability to find
pucks in a crowd (puck awareness).

DRILLS

Find and Cover - place pucks behind goalie who stands at corner of crease.
Tap of stick allows goalie  to find and cover.

Squirm - second effort drill to create hunger.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BACK TO ALL COACHING TIPS

FOLLOWING PUCKS BEHIND THE NET

There are several philosophies on how to follow the puck. They probably all could work.
Here’s my favorite:

KEY POINTS

Goalie should remain square to puck behind the net, just like when the puck is in front of
the net

Do not leave the goal post until the puck begins to move behind the net

A blind spot is created when the goalie turns his head . . therefore do not turn your head until
the puck gets to the
middle of the back of the net

As the puck moves behind the net, the goalie moves with it, without turning his head until the
puck gets to the middle of the back of the net. Then the head turns.

Use short shuffle steps...   avoid T-glides

COMMON PROBLEMS

The goalie turns around facing the back of the net

The goalie leaves the post too early

The goalie’s head “spins” out of control

The goalie turns head too early and loses puck

HUG POSTS

KEY POINTS

Body faces the slot

Head faces the puck in corner

Keep stick “off front foot”

Keep elbow outside post

Keep stick in position (on either side) to break up centering passes

Skate up against inside of post, with pad flush to post

COMMON PROBLEMS

Stick extended too far showing the passer your poke check limits and creating a
hole between stick and post

Stick positioned so the puck can hit the stick and go in the net

Goalie turned too much toward the corner

Goalie lunges to break up a pass, misses, and is out of position for a slot shot

Back foot kicks up on poke check attempt

Goalie should not automatically depend on or use the “paddle down” position

Goalie stands upright too much







 
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