Goaltender–Specific Skating Series: Drill 17 of 20
(Editor’s Note: Sincere apologies to both author Tomas Hertz and InGoal readers for the delay since the last part of this series. If this is your first time seeing these Goaltender-Specific Skating drills and videos, be sure to check out the first 16 by clicking here)
Drill #17: Pivot Ladder with Slide
This drill is identical to Drill 16 with the exception of an added slide.
In drill 16, the goaltender performed a straight-line T-push after the pivot was executed. This time, instead of a pivot – T-push – full stop sequence, Drill 17 involves a down transition, a slide, and an up transition before coming to a stop.
Drill 17 is demonstrated in the video below:
This sequence is taught for use when the lateral feed occurs below the top of the face-off circles. The theory here is that the play is closer to the crease so the goaltender may not have sufficient time (unless playing at a shallow depth range) to get across the crease and be set on their feet prior to a shot being released.
By performing a slide instead, the goaltender has hopefully eliminated the low portion of the net as a quick-shot scoring option by sealing the ice while they move laterally. Excellent reactive skills remain necessary since many snipers select to shoot to the upper portion of the net.
Some goaltenders prefer to slide almost all the time, while others prefer to remain on their feet more.
Naturally, the decision is a personal one based on skill, comfort and the situation.
Another difference is the fact that you can’t slide on an arced path through the middle of the crease from one side to the other the way you can move on your skates. As a result, the correct amount of pivot is critical to make certain the slide’s line of attack preserves as much depth as possible while getting back on angle subsequent to the slide.