So leagues here are done until fall, but there's been a group of guys from several of the teams that have been renting ice on a near weekly basis, which is great since it means I can play all summer.
Anyway - it has proven to be an excellent time to work on things I might be more reluctant to try in a game situation.
In our most recent game, there were several situations where a player from the opposing team was able to take the puck behind my net and had a lot of time to plan what he was going to do next. I know this isn't an uncommon occurence, but surprisingly I haven't had to deal with it in games too frequently.
I didn't get caught, fortunately, but it got me wondering - what is the best approach to handling this? As I see it, the player has maybe two options - they can either try to handle the puck and try to wrap around on either side or they can look for an open pass up ice and try to set something up that way (also to either side.)
So I'm curious how you track all those situations effectively, because the former seems to require looking back and being prepared to slide left or right, while the latter requires seeing who might be a potential recipient of a pass. Since these require looking in opposite directions and maybe different kinds of responses, I'm wondering what the right thing to do is. Also - what kind of communication might I be able to give my defenders and what kind of information should I be listening for in addition to watching what is happening so as to be as useful as possible?
Since I'm still a novice here, I will concede my analysis of the situation might be completely wrong, so I'm eager to hear ht perspectives from some of my more experienced goalie colleagues. :D