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Cage Match

Aug. 17, 2020 at 1:34 p.m. MDT

"Cage Match" requires determination, skill, small area execution and finesse around the net. One player from each team begins in the cage (circle). The coach spots pucks in the circle and players battle for about 20 seconds. The other players position themselves around the outside of the circle in an attempt to keep the puck in play. These players are neutral and cannot shoot, pass or check. Every time the puck clears outside of the cage the coach spots a new one immediately. Risk management and decision making are critical factors in a players success in this drill.

Teaching Points

Offensive: Hide your stick so it is never in check, always be puck ready with your stick on the ice and loaded.

Defensive: Eliminate time and space quickly if you do not have possession. Position the body on the defensive side and bump agressively with awareness of the puck at all times.

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