Drill Execution: Instruct the goaltender to center him/herself on the goal line in the center of the net. On the shooter’s cue (from slapping his/her stick against the ice), the goaltender in the net will skate forward in his/her ready position toward the shooter. When the goaltender reaches a spot above the crease on the correct angle, he/she will transition into backward skating as the shooter begins to skate down along the boards and just below the dot.
The shooter will skate with a puck down along the boards, from the blue line and cut into the net just below the face-off dot. The shooter, either on his on- or off-wing, will shoot the puck at the net, on the ice, as he/she begins to cut in.
Following the first shot, the play will stay alive unless the goaltender covers the puck up or steers it below the goal line. The rebound must be a shot not a deke. You should get a good read early on in the season as to how your goaltenders handle rebounds.
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 should be in a position to stop a puck at all times throughout the duration of the drill.
4. When the goaltender transitions form forward to backward skating, the coach should see the goaltender stopping using only one skate while the other pad is facing out in front ready to stop a puck. Make sure that the goaltender understands that the stopping foot will quickly perform a backwards C-cut.
5. After the goaltender performs the backwards C-cut with the stopping foot, the goaltender will begin to skate backwards toward the goal.
6. As the goaltender reaches the top of his/her crease, he/she will get set to stop the puck.
7. The goaltender will aim to maintain the correct angle.
8. The save should be made on top of the crease.
9. After the first save, the goaltender must follow the puck by getting up with the leg furthest from the puck (outside leg) so that he/she can quickly push to the correct spot to face the rebound.