By Ian Taylor - Director, Hockey Development
Game Date: October 12, 2016
Welcome to our new feature called OMHA Video Coach! In this segment we will review a video clip from game action and then break down the sequence into frames identifying key skills, individual and team tactics, strategy and hockey IQ. Video is a great teaching tool that can be used by both players and coaches.
When in possession of the puck, the game of hockey comes down to creating mismatches or numerical advantages – the basic mismatch is the 2v1. The following situation consists of a 2v1 starting in the neutral-zone.
Now, let’s take a closer look and break it down…
*The dot-line is an imaginary line that runs the length of the rink through the faceoff dots on either side of the rink, dividing the rink into three lanes
Watch the video again to see the importance of establishing speed in possession in the middle of the ice and using the dot-line to creating mismatches and manipulate the movement and feet of the defenders in a 2v1 situation.
Bonus video: Have a look at Auston Matthews’ first professional goal last season in the Swiss Elite league– pretty much a carbon copy of this goal.