Hope everyone is doing well this week, and liked the PSM we posted last week. This week we will be back with a drill that involves ice awareness and a quick recovery. We will start with the pucks on the top of the circle and our goalie will start on the left post. On 'GO' the goalie will step from their post to the top left corner of the crease. From there the shooter/coach will either stay on top of the circle or move in to just below the bottom of that same circle. Next, on the shooter/coaches 'GO', the goalie will butterfly making a pad/stick save on an imaginary shot. As soon as the goalie proceeds through this save selection they will recover to the shot. Now should the goalie come across in a backside push on our knees or backside recovery on our feet? This choice is dependent on if the shooter is on the top or bottom of the circle. If the shooter is low we should recover with a backside push because we need to square up and get in the shot lane, building coverage from the ice-up, as quickly as possible. But, if the shooter is on top of the circle we should recover on our feet in a backside recovery making sure we set our feet. This is important because once on our feet we look bigger, have a great ability to move with and read the shot, and have a better angle of attack as both blades are on the ice making us more mobile if we must move to our next destination.
Keys for the Goaltender:
1) Ensure we have a hard step-out to the top corner of our crease. This not meant to be a casual step out, we want to gain ice quickly and stop hard on our lead leg.
2) Once on top of the crease the goalie must make sure they turn their head and quickly scan the ice to see if the shooter/coach is still in a high position or if they have come down to the bottom of the circle.
3) Next, when executing our imagined save we should engage just as we would if it were a real shot. Our head should track with the puck, leg should move with the 'puck', hands/body/stick all moving together to stay square to the puck through the movement.
4) Make the decision to recover up to our feet and set for the shot, or use a backside recovery to push across to the shot lane. But before this make sure that we engage our eyes and lead with our head looking to see where the shooter is to pick up an early read and early track.
5) MAKE THE SAVE! Read the shot, move with it, and control the rebound.
Thanks for reading again this week, hope you enjoyed it! Again if there are any questions or suggestions for next week email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drill Layout (Click to enlarge)