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Cross Ice

Aug. 24, 2020 at 4:24 p.m. MDT

"Cross-Ice" creates a small area environment where time and space is limited. Teams play 2vs2 or 3vs3. This drill develops an appreciation for puck support and finding open ice. Players can either change on the fly or on the coaches whistle depending on the coaching situation. Ensure the nets are not pushed back against the boards as the use of the quiet zones behind the net is critical to skater and goaltender development.


Teaching Points

Offensively: Support the puck in front of the play and laterally and behind it also. If passing lanes are closed attempt to escape your check and maintain possession or put the puck to a spot where there is a high probability of puck recovery.

Defensively: Create pressure through speed and body position. Sticks are effective tools to close lanes and force turnovers.

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