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Drill of the Week: Cross-Ice Angling 2 vs 2

By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 09/20/21, 2:45PM CDT



USA Hockey ADM Regional Manager Scott Paluch shares a small area game with an emphasis on angling from his time as the head coach of the U.S. team for the 2020 Youth Olympics in Switzerland.


  • One team starts with possession. They must carry the puck behind their own net before attacking. 
  • The defending team must use proper angling to apply pressure on the forecheck and create a turnover.
  • Play out a live 2 vs 2 for 20-25 seconds before starting the next group.
  • After 3-4 minutes, switch sides so both teams start on offense and defense.


  • Close space quickly
  • Good stick position
  • Attack inside out

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