"Pizza Attack", challenges both the offensive and defensive player in an attack and defend drill. On the whistle, the offensive player attacks with a puck and must carry the puck through the center zone circle (carving out a piece of pizza). The defender starts backwards and pivots around a cone prior to closing the gap to play the 1vs1. Have players battle for 10 seconds prior to blowing the whistle to start the next pair. If the defensive player steals the puck the players return quickly to their line.
Attacker: Look to create gap/time/space on the rush by being evasive. Keep head up and read the defender's speed and body position. Defender: Always face the puck carrier and begin the drill backwards. Attempt to control the mid-ice lane and force the attacker to the perimeter. Angling and adjusting speed is critical to have success.
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