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LEARN YOUR "VERTICAL ANGLES"
Have you ever wondered how someone like Dominik Hasek will be sprawled out on the ice and still manage to make a save? Think he's just lucky? I've got news for you -
goaltenders in the National Hockey Leaguecan't get by on luck. What Dominik, and others, know is that the "vertical angle" is a very important part of goaltending.
When you come out of the net, towards the shooter, you look like you fill more of the net, even though you remain the same size. The "vertical angle" theory uses the same approach. Let's say that you do a "two-pad stack" right on the goal-line - if your pads are one foot across, you're covering two feet of net; that's 50% of the net. On the other hand, consider the following:
There's a shooter twenty feet from the net, and you - in an effort to get a piece of the puck - two-pad stack so that you're ten feet away from him (and ten feet out of the net). Assuming that the shooter makes a good shot, one of two things will happen - it could hit you, certainly. Suppose that the shot goes over you - here's where the geometry comes in. To get over you, that puck has to climb two vertical feet. Unless the shot is a flopper, that puck's going to continue to rise - in fact, by the time it travels ten more feet to the net, it will be over the crossbar.
That example, of course, was just to prove a point - you're usually not going to two-pad stack ten feet from the net. Remember - if your vertical angles are covered, the shooter will either hit you or shoot over the crossbar. Have you ever seen someone miss the net low? Of course not - it's physically impossible! Use this to your advantage.
KEEP YOUR SKATES SHARP!
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