How to Convert the 2-3 Press into Offense after the Transition

I recently received a question on the 2-3 Press Forecheck. The question looked like this:

Jeremy,

How do you transition from forecheck to offense when you create a turnover in the 2-3 press? It seems tough to run a cycle because you will draw players out of good defensive position.

Nick

I decided to answer it in a post, rather than to try to explain it via email or blog comment. Here’s a quick summary of how it works:

2-3_pressHow to Convert the 2-3 Press into Offense after the Transition
1. F1 Drives deep and hits the puck-carrying defenseman
2. F2 Reads the play, and supports F1
3. F3 sets up on the blue line, between the two defensemen
4. If F1 or F2 cause the turnover, and pick up the puck down low, slide immediately into the cycle, with F3 dropping into the high slot
5. If the turnover happens up top, or in the middle, whoever picks it up steps into the slot and shoots.