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Author: Hiroki Wakabayashi

Studying Hockey Systems for Goaltending: 5-on-3 PP

Playing against 5 on 3 power play is the most challenging situation for goalies. The opponents have great puck control, many passing options and shooting lanes from their best offensive players. This is exactly the situation where “the goalie has to be the best penalty killing player.”

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Studying Hockey Systems for Goaltending: Face-offs

The faceoff is hockey’s only “set play” that can separate the teams from offensive side to defensive side and try to execute pre-set plays to start the play. The team that takes control of the puck off the faceoff usually has a split second to move the puck and players as they planned in order to create some special plays.

For goalies, especially, defensive zone faceoffs can be very dangerous and require special attention.

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Studying Hockey Systems for Goaltending: Zone Entry Plays

Today we continue the series of articles from coach Hiroki Wakabayashi. Too often young goaltenders think their world begins and ends in the blue paint, learning all the intricate details of our position while assuming the rest of the team game holds little value to them. In this series we focus on the team game and how the systems employed by opposing teams can have an effect on how a goaltender reads, prepares for and ultimately handles scoring threats.   Classic Attacking Triangle 1-2-3 Zone Entry plays happen when the opponents rush up the ice and breaking into your zone from...

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Studying Hockey Systems for Goaltending: More PP

Today we continue the series of articles from coach Hiroki Wakabayashi. Too often young goaltenders think their world begins and ends in the blue paint, learning all the intricate details of our position while assuming the rest of the team game holds little value to them. In this series we focus on the team game and how the systems employed by opposing teams can have an effect on how a goaltender reads, prepares for and ultimately handles scoring threats. Side Overload to Umbrella or 1-3-1 Rotation We have talked about the scoring patterns from Side Overload power play. Side Overload is...

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