Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Five Simple Strategies to Attack a Zone Defense

Want to score more goal against zone defense? Here are 5 really simple strategies. 

These strategies work against all types of zone defenses and will help you score more goals.

Strategy #1 - Put Your Best Shooter in the Slot 


Strategy #2 - Attack from Behind the Zone
One of the best ways to attack from behind the zone. Use the following tactics:

  • Cycle
  • Cross
  • Invert

Sweden Executes Two Cycles & Crosses - Sweden's Niklas Kronwall (#7) Goal

Invert Offense Causes Confusion For Finland

Strategy #3 - Attack by Reversing Puck to Other Side of Rink

  • Shoot Around
  • No Space play to open corner

Marian Gaborik Scored Game Winning Goal In Third Overtime - Invert Offense (Shoot Around)

Every time you reverse the puck from one side of the rink to another, it causes the defense to move. You'll find that on almost every reversal the players will become open.  

Strategy #4 - Position Players in Gaps of Zone Coverage

  • Simply tell your players to find position themselves where's there no defense (go where they ain't at).
  • Attack the seams with and without puck

Brett Hull Was Great at Being Between Gaps in Zone

Strategy #5 - Take the puck to net

  • Be a threat to score
  • Do not play out side the game

Good defensive zones want to keep you to the outside. Do not be content to have control of the puck on the outside.

Power Questions: 

Do you currently employ all four of these strategies?

Execute these simple suggestions and you'll get better. These strategies work against all types of zone defenses.

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"Somebody may beat me, but they are going to have to bleed to do it."
-Steve Prefontaine 

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