By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 10/05/21, 1:30PM CDT
Two Rivers (formerly Henry Sibley) High School and Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Team Assistant Coach Ted Cheesebrough shares a small area game that emphasizes players battling for body and stick position in front of the net.
This 2v2 drill takes place in a trapezoid extending from the slot down toward both corners. Coach should be in between the hashmarks with pucks. Resting players form a boundary and should prevent pucks from exiting the playing area.
To attack, a player must take the puck below the goal line and then bring it back out to a scoring position. The opposing team must defend until they can win possession, at which point they need to carry the puck below the goal line before attempting to score.
If a puck is scored, frozen or leaves the playing area, the coach adds a new puck below the goal line for the players to battle for.
To play the game without a goaltender, attacking players should only be allowed to shoot with both feet in the crease.
Battle for good body position
Emphasize good stick position to eliminate passing and shooting lanes
Neutralize net front chances by engaging the attackers' sticks and body