Drill Execution: Instruct the goaltender to hug the post properly and follow the player with puck skating behind the net from one corner to the other. When the player reaches the other corner, he/she will make a pass up the boards to another player waiting on the blue line. As the pass is made, the goaltender will push out to the top of the crease and follow the shooter, who received the pass.
The shooter will skate with the 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, high or low, as he/she begins to cut in.
Following the initial 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. You should get a good read early on in the season as to how your goaltenders handle rebounds. Switch goaltenders after six times.
Technique Critique: As the goaltender is performing the drill, the coach or assistant coach should be attentive to the following points;
1. The goaltenders 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 goaltenders should be in a position to stop a puck at all times throughout the duration of the drill.
4. The goaltenders should be reminded of how to properly hug the post.
5. The goaltenders should be comfortable following a player skating behind the net.
6. When the goaltenders transition from forward to backward skating, the coach should observe them stopping using only one skate while the other pad is facing out in front ready to stop a puck. Make sure that the goaltenders understand that the stopping foot will quickly perform a backwards C-cut.
7. After the goaltenders perform the backwards C-cut with the stopping foot, they will begin to skate backwards toward the goal.
8. As the goaltenders reach the top of their crease, they will get set to stop the puck.
9. The goaltender will aim to maintain the correct angle.
10. The save should be made on top of the crease.
11. The goaltenders must not be continuing to back up as the shot is made.
12. After the first save, the goaltenders must follow the puck by getting up with the leg furthest from the puck (outside leg) so that they can quickly push to the correct spot to face the rebound.