Pad Save with Quick Recovery – Outside Foot
Drill Explanation: Explain to the goaltenders that it is important to be able to stop the puck, but it is also very important to steer the puck into a safe direction if the shot is too difficult to stop and to cover the puck up. Explain that Rebound Control is a strategy that aims to let the puck hit their equipment and bounce off into a safe area, not back out onto the shooter’s stick for a second, and often times, more dangerous shot. Demonstrate a few times as to what a bad rebound looks like and explain to the goaltenders why it can be dangerous to let out a bad rebound in a game situation.
Demonstrate what it looks like to steer the puck into the corner with the goal stick when the leg pad is flat against the ice. Illustrate that when the shot is taken along the ice toward the corner of the net the goaltender should place the knee, the one that is closest to the puck, along the ice with the pad flared out. The opposite pad will remain upward as that skate will assist in the power of pushing the puck into the corner or into a safe direction.
Please be advised that this is not a Butterfly Save. The Pad Save aims to have only one pad along the ice, which is the pad closest to the puck (as shown in the picture called, The Pad Save). The outside foot (the one furthest from the puck) should be ready to push the goaltender into a position ready to stop a rebound.
Drill Preparation: Place a few pucks in the slot area for a shooter. Have another shooter on one side of the net with some pucks ready to take a second shot (approximately 15 feet out to the side).