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Drill of the Week: 2 vs 2 Barrier Support

By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 10/05/20, 1:00PM CDT



We're continuing with the theme of social distancing drills and bringing you a twist on a traditional 2 vs 2 game. The 2 vs 2 Barrier Support uses restricted zones to encourage the use of perimeter teammates to create space on the attack. It also teaches players awareness while defending, and forces them to defend away from the puck.


  • Drill set up as shown. Support Xs own space above far net and left side of blue line, support Os own space below red line and below lower goalie net.
  • These support players can only move within their owned space, but can pass to any of the players on their team.
  • Coach spots puck and players compete 2 vs 2 in zone.
  • Must make a pass to support player before scoring.


  • Defending away from the puck
  • Defensive players must track the offense and take away passing lanes
  • Use support players to create space and open an attack

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