How to Save A Breakaway in Hockey

The breakaway is one of the most dangerous and exciting situations in ice hockey. The chance of the offense scoring is very high. This guide will teach how you, as a goalie, can save a breakaway.

Steps

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    Come out of the goal and cut the angle off. This will force the shooter to deke (Go around the goalie), which is easier to save.
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    Skate backwards and get in front of the puck.
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    Remember NOT to go down before the shot
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    If the shooter shoots, react by going into a butterfly (Search WikiHow for how)
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    If the shooter dekes (tries to go around you), butterfly slide. (put one pad flat against the ice, pushing with the other) REMEMBER: once you push with your skate, your pad should go down to make a butterfly.
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    If you can tell the shooter will get around you anyway, do a spread eagle (Lie on your stomach and spread your legs out and back to stop the puck.
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    Cover the puck up until a whistle is blown or a teammate calls for a pass (Remember to check to see that the player is open).

Tips

  • Try to poke check the puck if the player doesn't have his head up.
  • Be patient. You won't be able to save every single breakaway, as there are all manner of trick shots that could fool and fake out an inexperienced goalie.
  • Don't get too nervous because that may keep you from saving the shot.
  • Practice with your team/friends: Have them make a breakaway and practice this technique over and over. It'll eventually become instinctive.
  • Always keep your stick down and back it up by your pads.
  • Watch the puck and his stick to know where he is going to shoot.

Warnings

  • Wear all required protective gear or you will risk serious injury.
  • The puck can get in between your legs if in an improper butterfly, so keep your stick square and low.

Article Info

Categories: Ice Hockey