Slovakia Good Gap Control Leads To Quick Transitions in Neutral Ice
- The defense should be between the dots on the defensive rush
- The quickest transitions take place when the puck is turned over in middle ice
- The defencemen should go up on rush to opposition's blue line and to the top of the circles
- This gives our team more options on the attack
- It allows the Defense to keep the puck in at the offensive blue line
- Close defensive gap take away time and space making the counter-attack much easier
- Forcing a Turn over in neural ice create shorter distance to the offensive goal
Key Points Defensively:
- Keep the gap tight between defenders and the oppositions' attackers
- Keeping a tight gap enable defencemen to handle the rush at or before blue line
- The defense should be slightly staggered
- Gap of one or two sticks through center ice
- The gap should be one to one in a half sticks at blue line
- Pressure up on all even situations
- Read, Communicate, Stay Up, Contain
Slovakia 1 stick stick through center ice
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