12 Aug Driving the Net
At this point your North/South journey quickly changes to East/West and a few unavoidable forces of nature take control. The first is a defenceman’s best friend, a scientific principal known as “Inertia” and the second is centrifugal force, which is on your side if you can figure out how to harness and control it! Remember when you were a kid driving in the back seat of a car and the driver thought it was hilarious to quickly change direction and send you slamming into the far door of the car, or better yet little brother or sister? Unbeknownst to you, you weren’t changing direction as you flew across the seat, the car was changing around you: your body was actually remaining along the original path that the car was travelling. Inertia then, is any resistance of any mass to a change in direction, or desire to remain along the original path. When you accelerate hard down the boards, you’ve set your momentum along a linear path directly into the corner! The defenceman loves you for this because it takes a lot of skill to overcome this linear momentum when you decide to start crossing over on a curved path into the slot! It takes an aggressive commitment to changing your momentum in order to minimize the natural pull to the outside… you better be willing to lean!