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Defensive Offensive Zone Faceoffs

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   DEFENSIVE & OFFENSIVE ZONE FACEOFFS

 

 

DEFENSIVE

 

Basic alignment when the other team has 3 across or shooter in slot:

 

CENTER- Takes the faceoff and primary responsibility is to tie up their center.  Try to win the draw back but first responsibility is to always tie up!

 

F1- starts off a step or two below the harshmark and is responsible for immediately breaking through the circle towards either their shooter or their D.

 

F2- Ties up opposing forward

 

D1- Takes position on the circle but not directly behind the center and starts the breakout if we gain control of the puck

 

D2- Takes position on the inside harshmark and ties up the opposing forward, prohibiting the opponent from stepping in and picking our F1.

 

 

OFFENSIVE

 

Basic alignment when the other team has 3 across or shooter in slot:

 

CENTER- Takes the faceoff and tries to win it back or at least have it be neutral.  Second responsibility is to not let their center through.

 

F1- This is the shooter.  Both wings are on their off wing and in the setup as shown, this is the RW.  The RW sets up a few steps up from the hashmark on the circle and cuts through the circle, trying to pick up the puck won by the center.

 

F2- The other wing (LW) takes a position on the inside hashmark and ties up the opposing player. 

 

D- Set up normally, but with the strong side towards the boards and halfway to top of circle.  Weak side D is at the blue line and aligned with inside of faceoff circle.