Cross-Drop 3 on 2
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Skill: Tape to zone passing, rink awareness, puck movement, 3 on 2 attacking.
Purpose: Develop strong offensive zone control skills. Develop fast/accurate offensive attacks. Develop offensive puck control for 3 on 0/1 situations.
Directions: Cones are placed at points of action to aid skaters. Player A passes to Player B who has skated into the high slot for a criss-cross action. Player B now skates with the puck around the bottom cone heading for the top cone. Player A at the same time is skating around the top cone heading for the bottom cone. Player B makes a drop pass to Player A between the cones, changing the direction of the puck. Player B continues to skate around the top cone while Player A skates around the bottom cone with the puck, all heading for the goal.
For a 3 on 2 a defensemen skate from the net to the blue line while the other players are running their routes and defend a 3 on 2 as they cross the blue line to attack the goal.
Puck must cross the blue line first so no off-sides.
Player C is trailing and becomes the high slot outlet and goes no lower than the top of the circles. Player A meanwhile is skating to the goal with the puck trying to pull the goalie to the strong side and showing that he is going to shoot. If the goalie pulls to the strong side Player A passes back to Player C for a one timer in the back door or a quick pass to Player B for a shot. It is important that Player B is at least a little further than a goalie stick length from the goalie on the weak side so that a pass can not be poke checked away. If the goalie shows a hole then Player A takes the shot.
Variations: Player C starts on the same side as the pucks. Add a pass to player C from the slot after the beginning criss-cross. Player C then passes to the weak side wing before the drop pass above the blue line. Normal break in from here.