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Drill of the Week: Badger Breakout 2 vs 1

By Minnesota Hockey & CoachThem, 11/09/21, 11:45AM CST



Thomas Johnson, who leads the CCM High Performance Boys 14/15 programs in District 5 and is an assistant coach at Buffalo High School, shares a full-ice, continuous breakout drill that forces players to transition quickly from defense to a breakout and play with pace when attacking on the rush.


  • Drill starts with a whistle and is then continuous. 
  • D1 starts in front of his own net. D1 starts inside his own end. On the initial whistle, F1 and F2 backcheck to their own end. 
  • D1 and D2 run a breakout play (reverse is diagrammed). D1 is done after the breakout. F1 and F2 receive the breakout and attack up ice on a 2 vs 1 against D1
  • F1 and F2 leave as the attacking forwards pass the blue line and apply back pressure. The forwards get one shot and a quick rebound if available and then that puck is done. F1 and F2 are done and return to line. 
  • D1 and D2 run a breakout play to start a rush by F1 and F2 the other direction against D2, and the drill continues. 



  • Transition quickly from backcheck to breakout
  • Attack up ice with speed


  • Run several breakout options (reverse, D-to-D, etc.)
  • Take away cross-crease passes

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