The Post-Knee-Up save is a controversial but solid selection, when used correctly
The Post knee up save is a controversial yet solid selection. It is controversial because most goalies do not always use it in the correct situations. This particular drill will work on the Post Knee up as well as work on teaching the goaltender to read and react and utilize the save in the correct situation. Here’s the diagram:
1. Goalie starts square to Player 1.
2. Player 1 passes low to Player 2, who attacks the net from the side
3. Goalie uses Post-Knee-Up positioning
4. After the shot, player 2 opens up to the slot for a rebound or a one-time shot
5. After Player 2 shoots, Player 1 drives low around the bottom of the circle and either shoots or passes to Player 2
1. Player 1 walks out of the corner. He/she has 4 options: Shoot; Pass behind the net with Player 2 walking out for the shot; Pass to Player 3 for a one-time shot; Pass to Player 4 for a one-time shot.
Option: If Player 1 passes to Player 2, you can give Player 2 the same 4 options again; Shoot, Pass behind the net, or Pass to Player 3 or 4
Since this is a reactionary save, make sure when doing this save you keep the following in mind:
1. Close all holes by being very compact
2. Use only when the puck is in the low post area and close to the net
3. When on glove side, keep your glove in 12 o’clock position, right next to head and wide open.
4. Keep your blocker and stick in stance position
During this drill, make sure the goalie is moving. After a goal or a freeze, let the goalie get back into the start position. Hope you enjoy.
The Shuffle T-Pass is a great drill to work on multiple parts of the goaltender’s game.
This drill works on positioning, proper rotation when moving around your crease, proper recovery from a butterfly, playing the puck, and crease awareness. Make sure your goalies don’t cheat in this drill. They should be squaring up to the puck, hugging posts, and get back to their proper post every time on the puck handling portion. Here are the diagrams:
Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 1
1. Shuffle from one side of the net to the other, stopping square to each puck, dropping to a reactionary butterfly at each puck
2. After arriving at the far post, come back the other way
Note: Make sure to recover with the proper leg; right leg when going from right to left, left leg when going from left to right.
Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 2
Goalie starts at the post, then skates the following sequence (see our post on the 11 Visual Targets for Hockey Goalies)
1. Position 11
2. Position 6
3. Position 9
4. Position 1
5. Position 6
6. Position 3
7. Back to Position 11
8. Repeat the opposite way
Shuffle T-Pass: Sequence 3
Play the pucks:
1. Ring pass
2. Swipe to corner
3. Clearing pass
4. Straight shot down the ice
5. T-Push back to other post
6. Ring pass
7. Swipe to corner
8. Clearing pass
Use visual targets to help goalies play the angles properly
Angles are, arguably, the most important part of a goaltender’s game. If you cannot manage your angles appropriately, it will be more difficult to make the simple saves. Using these 11 visual cues on the ice will assist goaltenders, at all levels, to manage where they are on the ice.
11 Visual Cues: Sequence 1
1 & 11 – Goal Line
2 & 10 – Board-side Hashmarks
3 & 9 – Defensive Zone Dots
4 & 8 – Blue Line on the Boards
4 & 7 – Neutral Zone Dots
6 – Straight up the Middle
11 Visual Cues: Sequence 2
1. Spray paint lines on the ice that match up with the visual cues
2. Set up pucks further out along the visual cues (spray paint dots to keep the set-up)
3. Players shoot from the spray painted dots, goalie uses spray painted lines to judge angles
In this drill I discuss marking the ice using rope and paint. This is not absolutely necessary to work with the visual cues but will help a younger goalie correct his or her position within a practice. After doing this once or twice, you shouldn’t have to do it anymore unless the goaltender continues struggling with angles.
Another good idea is to take video of the goalies telescoping in and out. You can then show them the video so they can see how the angles change while they move in and out at the cue. This will definitively teach them how angles work. All of this seems very simple and basic, yet almost all goalies struggle (even some of the most experienced) with angles at some time in their career. Work on this and you will definitely be a better goalie.