seagoal Posted August 18, 2021 Share Posted August 18, 2021 I really wish I had a regular goalie coach on standby today. There is this one scenario that I've encountered 3 times the past couple of weeks--twice in the same game-- and it's a tricky one considering there is very little space, very little time, and lots of options to consider during this fairly unusual situation. Here'a little reference diagram: So the situation involves a shooter receiving the puck very close in, just off the crease and slightly off center, in my recent siutations to my right. I'm right handed and so is the shooter. He receives the puck--in one situation from a hard pass from a D at the point, in another from a high, flipping deflection where he fields it like a baseball outfielder then drops it to his stick. In both situations, he receives the puck facing up ice/I'm looking at his back. No interruptions from my team here, he's all alone. Given the space involved here, there's very little time to react. And he has many options here that a goalie must consider: -stay put, hard back hand at me/under me ( a hockey slam dunk) -peel further right, back hand around my right leg -peel left, turn to forehand, shoot high or low -peel left, turn to forehand, hard forehand at me/under me from roughly center (a hockey slam dunk) -peel further left, shoot high or low -any combo of the above to get the goalie sliding one way, then going the other This a very high number of scoring scenarios to consider in this little time and space. Keep in mind, this is a legit poke check distance that would not require much of a choke up on the stick to reach his stick right as he gets the puck on his blade facing up ice. I didn't do this in either situation, but I thought about it after and thought maybe that would be an option with high success. Consider the puck on his stick and freeze frame there. We are lined up body-body pretty perfectly. The stay put option above is least likely at higher levels of play...more likely at lower levels. So what do you guys think is the safest, highest success choice here: -do you poke check as he receivest he puck and before he chooses one of his many options? -if you move left, do you do it laterally OR do you retreat back to the left post? -if you move right, do you do it laterally OR do you retreat back to the right post? -is anticipation/guessing in this situation best, or, is waiting for him to make his choice and then responding best? In both situations in my game last night, here's how they went: 1) shooter receives a hard pass from his D at the point, he faked to my right, got me moving right, and then did a quick slam dunk pretty centered. I had enough time to get my glove hand down and out but missed and it went in kinda under my armpit on the ice. 2) shooter receives the puck by fielding it with his hand as it was flipping in the air, he drops it, fakes to my left, quickly cut to our right and kinda roofed it with a backhand chipper. 2 VERY frustrating, demoralizing, embarassing type of goals. You guys know these: there's a difference in how it feels when a guy looks, finds his spot, shoots, and beats you , and , how it feels when a guy has time to successfully toy with you, undress you, and score with you scrambling. Unfortunately, in either situation, I did not maintain technique discipline and stay on my knees and upright. These types of scenarios are more....wild, in terms of form because they happen so damn quickly. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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