Shoot in practice like you shoot in games
It's better to shoot quick than to shoot hard
Don't pass if you can shoot, a rebound works as well as a pass
Shoot or deke when arriving at the bottom hashmark
Big windups make big noises off the glass
Move your feet when deking across the net to open up the goalie
Leg pads create rebounds. Gloves, chests, & stomachs deny them
Shoot early so your teammates can get to the rebound
Bury the puck, don't be nice about it
Anticipate where rebounds will come off a goalie's body
Stick on the ice for tips and rebounds
Mix your shots up to confuse the goalie
Familiarize yourself with a goalie's tendencies
Keep point shots down
Go to the net for rebounds, but don't crowd the goalie too tight
Keep your head up so you see where to shoot
Shoot for space and make the goalie come up with the save
Things to Look For:
Is the stick flat on the ice? Does the goalie cushion the puck to
prevent rebounds or does the puck always deflect away uncontrolled?
Does the puck always get directed to the same place? Does the hand
cheat up the stick too early when poking? Does the body back up high
stick saves and turn into the save for full extension of the body?
Is the goalie poor at freezing loose pucks?
Are the rebounds from butterflys always going straight to the slot?
When making a Belfour save with the paddle down, is the goalie
dropping too early to smother the puck? On stacks, is the goalie
attacking into the save or flopping deep in the crease? Can the
goalie minimize the 5 hole? Is the goalie patient or is early
flopping a problem?
Does the goalie make clean glove saves with no rebounds? Does the
goalie protect the corners well or do the hands get pulled away?
Does the glove or blocker move directly to the puck or do the hands
stay behind the body? Does the goalie turn the head and back
shoulder in the direction of the save to get full extension to a
puck labeled for a corner?
Does the goalie understand the shooter's left hand or right hand
scoring options? Can the goalie maintain a close gap on dekes across
the crease? Does the goalie back in too early? Can the goalie move
squarely into each save?
This article was contributed by
Quistgard of Quistgard Goalie Training.