Wednesday Drill of the Week: 2v1 Series

2v1 Series

A simple quick-hitter 2v1 series this week. There are two variations (top and bottom). The bottom sequence starts with a D on the dot, a forward on the half wall and one at the top of the circle. Coach is in the middle of the F’s with pucks. The drill starts with the coach passes a puck to the F on the wall – the 2 F’s then attack the D 2v1 to the net.

The top variation is similar. One F starts on the wall (facing the boards) down low. The other F starts on the circle. Coach is on the half wall with pucks. The drill starts with the coach rimming the puck to the forward down low. The F turns on it and then attacks the net 2v1 on the D.

F Keys – movement away from the puck, quick attack, shoot for rebound, stop at the net, read the defenseman and attack their weakness

D Keys – stick position, stick on puck, swivel head, long body when appropriate, judging speed, playing off the center axis

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Wednesday Drill of the Week: 2v2 Short/Long

Re-starting my weekly drill. This week is the 2v2 Short/Long Drill. It works on rushes from both sides (offense/defense)

2v2 Short Long

 

Two forwards (F in a circle) touch the top of the circles, exchange a puck and attack two defensemen 2v2. The two D are cannot play the rush until the coach releases them. On a whistle, the D re-gap and two forwards (XF) leave from the near blue line, touch the top of the far circles, exchange and attack 2v2. The drill then resets and re-starts.

This drill is very good for defensemen to work on their rush defense. It focuses on backwards skating, rush recognition, stick position, pivots, and most importantly – gapping. All of these elements are in play for defensemen. To further increase the difficulty, it is possible to add in a third forward joining the rush late and/or a backchecker. The drill also helps forwards with their rush attack options. Forwards should focus on attacking with speed, creating a 2v1 on a defenseman, driving the net, etc.

Wednesday Drill of the Week: San Antonio Stretch Drive

Today I thought I would start a new feature of the blog. Wednesday Drill of the Week. These drills will be of a variety of types and styles, some full ice, some small area, some full team, others position specific, etc.

The first one up is one I picked up this year called San Antonio Post Up. It is a full ice, continuous shooting drill that involves four skaters at any one time.

Three skaters start the drill. X1 (red) leaves and swings through the neutral zone. X2 (teal) skates straight ahead and posts just inside the far blue line. X3 (yellow) posts high in the neutral zone. X4 (purple) passes to X2, who then can fire the puck up to X3 or hit X1 swinging. X1 and X3 then attack the end they came from 2 on 0.

As soon as X4 passes the puck, he posts up inside the far blue line, and X5 (green) posts high in the neutral zone. X2 (teal – received first pass) swings through the neutral zone. X4 receives a pass from the opposite line and hits either X2 or X5 who then attack the net 2 on 0. X4 then swings to start the drill back up the other side of the ice.

This is a continuous, high tempo drill that simulates a post and a quick up through the neutral zone. Players should focus moving the puck quickly accurately, looking to push the tempo and move up ice with speed. Players should attack the blue line aggressively and take the puck to the net with speed.