Two-on-two: Battle in front and full ice
The area of ice just outside the goalie’s crease is where men are separated from boys.
Forwards who will battle their way into screening, tipping and rebounding position will find themselves much more successful than the perimeter players who are afraid of getting into the mix.
Defensemen who can use strength, speed and leverage to keep forwards out of that area are going to help their goalie see shots and prevent goals.
The two-on-two: Battle in front & full ice challenges forwards to compete against defensemen for that prized real estate – blocking the goalies view.
Begin the drill by dividing the forwards into two corners in one end of the ice. The defensemen form a line below the goal line off to the side.
Have two defensemen at the point and two defense man on the goal line, one facing each corner.
On the whistle, F1 takes off towards the net while D1 tries to defend the goalmouth area. The next forward in line makes a pass up to the defenseman at the point, who is stationed on the wall.
The wall defenseman sends a pass over to the other defenseman at the point who is positioned in the middle of the blue line.
As the F1 and D1 are battling in front, the point man fires a puck on net. F1 and D1 compete for the puck, rebounds, and position.
On the next whistle F2 and D2 follow the same progression while F1 and D1 continue their goalmouth struggle. There are now two defenseman in front of the net trying to fend off two forwards.
The point men shift over to receive a pass from the next forward in line and fire another puck on net.
After a brief battle for rebounds a third whistle is blown. On this command, F2 curls towards his original corner to receive a pass and F1 and F2 head down the ice on a two-on-two against the original point men defenseman.
The following whistle ends the full ice two-on-two and begins the next group.
Coaches need to emphasize the importance of the goalmouth area to both forwards and defensemen.
Encourage players to battle as if it were a game situation but to stay in control and not take penalties.
The prized real estate--blocking the goalies view.