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Defensive Zone Face-offs

November 29, 2011 Leave a comment

Image Credit: http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/bonelloDepending on a variety of circumstances there will be several to many face-offs in your defensive zone. In ice hockey there are two face-off circles and for most roller hockey rinks there are two face-off circles and two face-off dots in the defensive zone. A goal can be scored within a second or two from the face-off, so as a goaltender it is crucial to know how to handle this game situation. Read more…

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Advanced to the Next Round

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

This past Wednesday night was the first round of the single elimination playoffs for the Silver division team I am on. Due to it being the day before Thanksgiving there were a large number of no-shows and we almost did not have a game. At first it was going to be 3-on-3, but at the last minute two more players showed up and we were able to have a regular 4-on-4 game. The only downside was that there were no subs, so towards the end of the first period everyone was exhausted.

The rink I play at changes the game periods for the playoffs from three 15 minute periods down to two 20 minute periods. Not really sure why they do this but when your team is short on players it causes them to fatigue much faster. Even though everyone was exhausted my team still managed to score plenty of goals for us to win. The final score was 13 to 5 and forced to end three minutes early because of the 8 goal mercy rule. I saw an average number of shots for this league and only two of the five goals were completely on me. The first goal I squared up with the center of the shooter and not the puck and got beat low blocker side. The other goal I did not come out enough to cut off the angle and got beat high glove side.

Next week are the 2nd and final rounds of the playoffs as well as the start of the new season for my Bronze division team. In the event my Silver division team wins the 2nd round, we have no break and we play for the championship. Once the championship game is finished I go right into the first game of the season for the Bronze division. So it looks like next Wednesday night is going to be mighty busy with a potential of back to back to back games. I do not mind playing three games in a row if it means that I go home that night a champion.

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New Goalie School Section

November 23, 2011 Leave a comment

One of the best ways to improve your game is to attend a goalie school. There are some schools that have former NHL goaltenders as the main coach and some have current NHL goalie coaches. I figured it would be great to have a centralized resource area for goalies to find a school in their area. The new section is in the very beginning stages so it only has a few schools listed. As time goes on I plan on expanding the list through my own research and hopefully with some help from you, my readers.

So here it is, Goalie Angle’s new Goaltending School page: Click Here. Hope everyone likes it and I would love to get some feedback on it.

Do Not Let Height Stop You

November 18, 2011 Leave a comment

In the case of being an NHL goaltender there is no minimum height, but seeing that the majority of NHL goaltenders are 6’0″ or taller, it can be intimidating to shorter goalies aspiring to reach the professional level. One could argue that players are getting larger so the goalie needs to be larger in order to handle collisions. Another argument is that when executing a butterfly style save that the taller the goalie, the less net is exposed above their shoulders. Whether you just want to be the best in your amateur league or dream of becoming an NHL goaltender, I’m here to tell you that your height does not matter. Read more…

Patience is Key for Breakaways

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Your defenseman pinches up to help out in the offensive zone and misses a pass or a cross ice pass gets intercepted by a speeding center or the game goes into a shootout, either way you know in an instant what is about to unfold: a breakaway. It all comes down to you, the last line of defense to stop the puck one-on-one. A lot of goalies have the misconception that the shooter has the advantage and that it comes down to luck instead of technique to stop the breakaway. Well it is time to set the record straight. Read more…

Movember – Support Moustaches and Fight Cancer

November 11, 2011 Leave a comment

MovemberIt is currently eleven days into this year’s Movember campaign. Don’t know what Movember is? You can learn all about it here. The goal of Movember is to raise awareness and donations for the types of cancer that affect men. Besides fundraising, each male participant (aka Mo-Bro) has to be clean shaven on November 1st and grow the best moustache he can till the end of November. Don’t worry, women can participate too in Movember (aka Mo-Sista). As of this post I have raised $185 and my moustache is starting to come in nicely. Read more…