Monday, July 13, 2009

Beating the Breakaway

Breakaways are rare, but when they come, you need to be on top of your game to make the big save. Just by making a breakaway save you can turn the momentum of the game around in your favor. There are lots of options for the player to make when coming down on a breakaway, and lots of things for the goalie to think about when being faced with a breakaway like will he shoot or deke? If he does shoot will it be high or low? Or could it be a fake shot. There are lots of things to think about. You can reduce the amount of things by just doing one thing. Challenging the shooter.

Here are a couple of things that you should always remember when being faced with a breakaway:

- Be aggressive (on top of crease)

- Play shooter for the first shot

- Don't back in to fast

- Let the shooter make the first move

- If you are really fast you can give the shooter a little bit of room and then quickly take it away when they shoot

- 80% of breakaway goals are scored between the goalies legs

- Keep your stick on the ice

- Follow the puck

- Do whatever it takes to keep the puck out of the net

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