"Great Divide" provides players with a great opportunity to work on transition and offensive and defensive tactics. Teams are split into two. 2 Reds and 2 Blues line up in each 1/2 of the zone. Only the puck can cross the cone barrier in the middle and not the players. The goal is for the defensive color to move the puck to the opposite side which engages their offensive players. The opponent is trying to move the puck the other direction. The players not active in the drill line up behind their respective neutral zone dots. Shifts should be about 30 seconds in length. Have players play both in the offensive and defensive zones.
Offensive: Puck protection and wall building is very important to maintain possession. Puck management is a key in this drill as poor shots and passes will give the opponent immediate possession on the other side of the cones. Offensive players need to find open ice as they wait for the transition across the cones to occur. Defensive: Players need to watch both the offensive zone and track the players on their side of the cones. This requires head on a swivel. The goal is to close lanes and take away ice on the opponent.
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