Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 7 of 20
DRILL 7: Cross-Crease T-push
As with most the of these basic pattern skating drills the goaltender begins with goalpost integration of his choice. Upon command, the goaltender turns his head in the direction in which the puck and play is moving.
Once again, the goaltender leads with the hands and the stick and the torso is leaning into the T-push. The goaltender will square up and come to a complete stop.
When coming across the crease, it’s important that the goaltender move on a curved line – “coming through the middle” – as opposed to a straight one. This is based on the fundamental principles of establishing angle, depth and squareness to the puck.
The most important of these three critical save components is angle. If the goaltender establishes the correct angle as soon as possible, the possibility of making the save always exists.
Hence, the curved path through the middle of the crease first establishes angle and then depth as the goalie advanced towards the top of the blue paint. Hopefully, with angle and depth established, the goaltender is square to the puck to maximize net coverage.
Subsequent to stopping at the perimeter of the crease, a pivot is performed and the goaltender returns to the post from hence he began. This T-push is executed on a straight line as if a shot had been taken with the puck now being in the opposite corner from where the goalie had stopped at the edge of the crease.