18 Jan Play the Body Sutes!!!
I know, I know we can all sit there as armchair coaches and say Ryan Suter should have played the body in stead of the puck… but honestly have you slowed Bollands second goal against the Preds a few Sundays ago down to see how impossible it was to stop?
Well, we all know how this story ends…having gained the advantage on the helpless Defenceman and the goalie, Bolly cuts back in and tucks her away five hole as the tender frantically tries to buterfly slide accross… Hasek would have stopped this for sure, since there is no five hole lying on your back!
There are huge lessons to be learned for minor hockey players in this goal:
Work on your reach!
Not enough players understand how rolling the wrist and getting the top hand of the stick away from the body adds at least another foot and a half to their reach!
Aim to move east to west;
executing a move is the easy part, getting away from an angry embarrassed defenceman after is the key!
Get the Goalie to move;
Stop goin in right down the middle , pull th goalie to the side so that areas of the net open up for you. Sure, goalies can come accross perfectly cutting down the angles, but not often, especially in minor hockey!
Tune in next week when Doctor Hockey visits with a skill breakdown!