A tactic is a strategy. A strategy is used to mitigate the risk of attack. A tactic is made up of individual skills which when assembled form a strategic response. Developing a strategy for different situations, and the ability to recognize and anticipate them developing, is a crucial step in the development of a goaltenders game. Here we will cover tactical responses to net play during wraparounds


Net play: wraparounds

All attacks from behind the net require two key fundamentals: strong post coverage and good tracking skills. Without these two strengths, the goalie will struggle with wraparounds, walkouts and even pass-outs.

In the case of a wraparound, the goalie must be able to track the puck carrier effectively without panicking. A goalie that panics and loses track of the player is subject to poor reads and delayed responses. If the goalie tracks the puck properly, the goalie can read which attack is being selected and be more precise with the response.

In the case of a wraparound, the puck cannot be lifted. Therefore, the goalie requires strong post-position plus low net coverage without holes. Due to this requirement, the paddle is a prominent response on these wraparound opportunities.

The problem with standing up on these plays is that either the five-hole is open or the body is very narrow against the post subjecting the goalie to a possible wide wrap. A down position, using the paddle, provides full ice coverage plus complete width of coverage. The combination makes the wraparound a relatively easy play.

Rule of thumb
On wraparounds, the goalie must track the puck effectively behind the net and have strong post coverage. This allows the goalie to read the play properly and then gain proper, full-ice coverage. The paddle position is a strong blocking response to wraparounds.

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