9: Cycling

Purpose

Maintain control of puck while deep in offensive end.

Description

X1, X2, and X3 start in diagram formation.

X3 puts puck in corner to X2, then follows the pattern.

X2 then comes up boards with puck while X1 anticipates puck going to corner.

Always create triance effect.

Key Teaching Points

Keep puck to boards when cycling back to corner.

Anticipate the cycle -- get there before or when the puck gets there -- don't wait.

Puck must remain below hash mark area.

Variations

  • Add 2 (passive) defense to pattern.
  • Reverse 2 -- use net and continue cycle to the other side, add defense.
  • Allow player option against 2 defense.
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