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Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 3 of 20

Goaltender-Specific Skating Series: Drill 3 of 20

Hertz Crease Movement Drill 3

The third drill in our crease movement series is an extension of drill #1, but now the goaltender performs it off each goalpost, moving back and forth in succession.

The goalie begins with proper goalpost integration on one side of the net. As in Drill #1, the goaltender turns their eyes and head in the direction of movement and then forcefully, and efficiently, T-pushes towards the top of the blue paint. The goaltender performs a pivot but, unlike Drill # 1, returns to the goalpost on the opposite side of the net, rather than simply going back to the post they started at.

It’s important the goalie comes to a complete stop at the top of the blue paint. The goaltender should also make certain that proper goalpost integration technique is used. Once proper integration has been established, only then should the goaltender once again push off towards the top if the crease.

All other technical points, as previously described, still apply.

The goaltender should come to the top of the crease a total of four to five times which provides an opportunity to perform eight to 10 solid T-pushes, four to five pivots, and apply goalpost integration techniques eight to 10 times.

Based on the video demonstration below, this drill is not a true triangle drill. A variation may be performed with the goaltender initially shuffling post-to-post and then completing the remaining two side of the triangle. The goaltender may then both continue around the triangle in the same direction, or go post-to-post-to-post and reverse directions. A video demonstration of this variation is not provided.

About The Author

Tomas Hertz, MD BA

Tomas Hertz has been a contributing author to InGoal Magazine since 2010. He operated  "No Holes, No Goals Goaltending" in Kingston, Ontario for a decade and worked with developing goalies in the G.K.M.H.A. and K.A.M.H.A. He remains active as a timekeeper in the O.M.H.A. - O.W.H.A., the O.J.H.L. (Kingston Voyageurs), and the O.U.A.A. (R.M.C. Palladins).