Drill Execution: Instruct the goaltender to get into the proper ready position on top of the crease lined up with a shooter. After stopping the puck shot hard along the ice with a proper Pad Save, the goaltender will send the puck into the corner steering it with his/her stick or letting it bounce off the leg pad, which is flat against the ice. After the puck is sent to the corner (Rebound Control), the goaltender will recover by getting up with the opposite leg (the leg that did not stop the puck, AKA the Outside Foot) and follow the puck by going to that side of the crease and getting set like in a game situation for a quick second.
Technique Critique: As the goaltender is performing the drill, the coach or assistant coach should be attentive to the following points;
1. The goaltender should have his/her stick on the ice from the time the drill begins until it ends.
2. The goaltenders’ glove and blocker should be placed out and in front (see the pictures of the Proper Ready Position). The second picture shows how the goaltender has his glove and blocker out and in front acting aggressively.The third picture illustrates how the goaltender does not bring his glove and blocker out leaving more holes for the puck to see.
3. The goaltender must keep his/her eye on the puck at all times.
Pay attention to the proper Pad Save:
1. The goaltenders’ stick blade should be flat along the ice.
2. The goaltenders’ glove and blocker should be high and out in front.
3. The goaltenders’ upper body should be sitting high (not with the goaltender’s bottom sitting on his/her heels).
4. The goaltenders’ knee, (the one which is closest to the puck) should be along the ice with the pad flared out.
5. The opposite leg will assist in the recovery process, as the Outside Foot will allow for proper recovery back into the proper ready position.