Drill Execution: Instruct the goaltender to center him/herself on one post. The goaltender’s arm should be wrapped around the post. The goaltender’s skate should be pushed up against the post. On your cue, the goaltender will push out to the top corner of the crease and stop. Then he/she will perform a T-Push across the top of the crease. The goaltender, after stopping on the other side of the crease, will skate backwards to the opposite post, creating a rectangle in the crease. When the goaltender reaches the other post, he/she will perform the drill again going in the opposite direction.
Technique Critique: As the goaltender is performing the drill, the 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. The goaltender should hug the post effectively with the arm wrapped around and the skate pushed up against the post (on the inside of the post).
5. The goaltender should allow the legs to produce the push-out while the upper body is staying steady and ready to stop a puck.
6. When traveling side to side on top of the crease, the goaltender should turn his/her lead foot toward the direction he/she is going to travel. The other skate and pad should remain facing toward the play (or puck). A Letter-T should form with the two skates. See picture below.
7. The goaltender should continue to realize that the power comes from the back leg and that the more push that is taken with the back leg, the more explosively he/she will travel.
8. As the goaltender returns to the opposite post, backwards skating, he/she must stay in a proper ready position prepared to stop a puck.
Remember: The goaltenders should not be worried too much on quickness prior to perfecting the skill of this move.
The goaltenders can switch with each other after performing the drill six times to each side. Make sure the goaltender is moving with precise stops, hugging the post, pushing off the post, and maintaining his/her balance.