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1 ON 1 SITUATIONS
1 - 1 offense
* The goal is to have the puck carrier become a threat to score and force the defender to challenge him instead of allowing the defender to dictate the play.
* In an outside lane, attack from the side of defender and use change of pace and big moves. At the offensive blue line read if the defender gives up the
blue line. If he backs in, cut inside, if he stands up or is slow then go wide.
* Using various moves, and speeds forces the defender to think of various ways to defend and this slows his reaction and gives the attacker the advantage.
1 - 1 defense
* Try to stop the attacker as far as possible from the defensive zone.
* The goal is prevent the attacker from getting a shot from the slot.
* If attacker is very fast give room wide rather than back in.
* When the attacker is in an outside lane turn when he is parallel to you and flare out square to attacker, then angle him to the corner and finish.
* Stay on defensive side blocking way to net or angling attacker into corner.
* If the attacker delays you must stay with him and continue 1-1 beating him back to the net if he passes.
2 ON 1 SITUATION In Ice Hockey
2 - 1 offensively
* Challenge the defenceman and use forehand passes whenever possible. This forces the goalkeeper to expect either a shot or pass and creates good passing
* "One high one low one fast one slow," is a poem to remember about not allowing the defenseman to stay in between you and your partner.
* Puck carrier must be a threat so defender cannot overplay pass.
* Make first pass by the top of the slot, this makes second play possible.
* Attack as quickly as possible to eliminate back checkers
* Stay in middle of attackers, delay play as much as possible, goalie take the shooter defender deny the pass.
* The most dangerous attacker is in the middle of the ice; so play him. If the puck carrier's is on the off wing and his stick is in the slot he is the most dangerous attacker.
* Don't allow puck carrier to break in post to post but go to him if he cuts in.
* On trailer in middle lane line up with trailer and rush him with the stick in the passing lane when a trailer pass is made,.
During a game the player is faced with many situations that he must solve. In most cases the defender has the advantage because of the goaltender. For the defender a 1 on 1 situation is really a 1 on 2 etc. This is why communication between the goalie and his team-mates is critical in order to maintain this advantage.
1 ON 2 SITUATION
1 - 2 offense
* If defensemen are parallel try to go between, they get confused about who they are covering.
* Get puck in deep or shoot on the net if challenged.
* Gain the blue line and wait for support.
1 - 2 defense
* Strong side man play 1-1
* Weak side man check to see who next player entering zone will be, if it is a backchecker then come across and play body on the puck carrier, strong side defender support, if an opponent is the next player coming, stay in your lane as it is really a slow developing 2-2.
3 ON 3 SITUATION In Hockey
3 - 3 offense
Play the same as the 3 on 2.
3 - 3 defense
* Get as tight a gap as possible through the neutral zone.
* Communicate and identify who is covering who by the red line.
* If the back checking forward has an angle on the puck carrier he should finish the check; if the attacker is too far ahead then pick up the
* If the back checker has picked up the weak side forward, then the weak side defenseman play a 2 on 2 on the strong side.
* Take the attackers all the way to the net, stay on the defensive side and control their sticks.
3 ON 1 SITUATION
3 - 1 offense
* Attack as quickly as possible with the first pass made before top of the slot.
* Use crosses and picks with the third man going to post.
* Puck carrier must be a threat.
3 - 1 defense
* Stay in the middle and delay the play, keeping skates in the lateral passing lane and maintain this positioning when puck is high
* Attack shooter on a trailer pass when puck is in mid to low slot with stick in lane of most dangerous pass.
* Take stick of attacker at the post after a wide shot.
2 ON 2 SITUATION
2 - 2 offense
* Isolate one defender and create a 2 on 1, and then go wide or pick, cross or cross and drop
* Sometimes two quick diagonal passes will create openings.
2 - 2 defense
* From the defensive point of view a 2 on 2 is really two 1 on 1's. Remember that the puck carrier is not the most dangerous attacker but the pass receiver
is. This means the weak side defenceman must concentrate on the potential pass receiver and leave the puck carrier for his partner.
* Try to establish an angle on the puck carrier as soon as possible. If you have an angle stay with the puck carrier. If no angle then switch when
puck is high and play a 1 on 1 when it is deep.
* The key to defensive play is to play as tight a gap as possible while skating backwards facing the opponent from the defensive side. If you approach the
opponent too quickly then the defender will lose defensive side positioning and have to check from behind.
3 ON 2 SITUATION
3 - 2 offense
* Attack as quickly as possible and set up a 2-1 versus one defender.
* Puck carrier try to go to net and force the defender to play you.
* If defenders have backed in cross and drop or cross and pick.
* On a straight attack the second attacker skate to the post, on a cross the third attacker skates to the post.
3 - 2 defensemen
* Delay the attack and try to stand up at blue line.
* Weak side defender take one attacker to the post and strong side defender play the 2-1 and pressure the third man if a trailer pass is made to the middle.