Game Date: January 4, 2017
Welcome to OMHA Video Coach where we 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.
In this edition of Video Coach, we have clip from the recent World Junior Championships Semi-Final between Russia and the United States. The play is a Low Cycle executed in the offensive zone – we will look at the play itself and also take a glimpse at practice to game transfer.
Now, let’s take a closer look and break it down...
Watch the video again to see how RUS uses quiet areas and the net to create mis-matches and confusion and ultimately a scoring opportunity and goal. The key to cycling is to pull the defending team out of position to open up seams and lanes to the net. The number one goal is to create a chance at the net as quickly as possible. Cycle with a purpose - not just cycling to cycle.
Our next question is…How does the play come about? Is it simply a breakdown with missed assignments? Or, is there more at play here…
The following clip was taken during RUS practice on Dec. 27th – a full week prior to their semi-final game against the US. After some warm-up skating & puck control, it was the first drill of the practice and this tactic was clearly a priority for the team moving forward in the tournament.
The drill replicates the game video where the Coach sets a puck behind the net and creates a 2v2 battle below the hash-marks.