seagoal Posted April 9, 2019 Share Posted April 9, 2019 We had our second playoff game late tonight and we lost in round 4 of a shootout, 4-3 final score. I gotta say I played really well in OT and made 3 really difficult saves in key moments down low on deflections and one timers, obviously in sudden death. But, I let in two really bad goals in regulation (first one was a reverse Leighton on the glove side....THE historical Leighton goal. Just terrible on my part .) and 3/4 attempts in the shootout. On these 4 breakaway goals I got caught lunging with my upper body rather than staying up on my pads and using them to slide and make saves on the ice (not a whole lot of quick dekes followed by roofjobs in my division). So on the regulation breakaway and the shootout breakaways, they were situations where the guy is coming in basically center, tries to shake me on the side and get behind me. So i have to move both laterally and backwards. I know what this should look like, i even told myself before the shootout to "end on a post on shakes and use your legs, do not drop like bricks and try to extend sideways." But when it came down to it, I essentially do what I am supposed to do, but with my upper body--gloves/stick first. I drop to cover 5 hole and then lunge over and back, of course my momentum is screwed and I'm chasing the puck because I'm caught behind the shooter's momentum. There is just this glitch with my brain and my body that I don't stay up on my pads and slide over and back. I.practice this movement all the time and I routinely make saves on lateral passing plays to one timers this way. But on breakaways, the technique and my focus and my discipline falls apart and I'm caught lunging and scrambling and end up on my sides laying on the ice with the puck in the net. The feeling of being beaten this way and horizontal on the ice just sucks. It makes me crazy because I know precisely what to do right and how to do it. But that is very rational and I feel like on breakaways where this shot selection is chosen my rationality blows up and then my instincts kick in which, unfortunately, involves bad form and a low percentage save selection of me lunging and ending up horizontal like a fool. Solution? Goalie coach and repetition at practice. Train my instincts to be different. That, sadly, isnt really an option around here. Ugh. Sorry, this isn't so much me seeking advice or how-to info, I'm just frustrated and venting. Next playoff game in two nights. We are not out yet. We are 1-1 right now and it's double elimination. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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