A low threat area in the defensive zone. Typically we can stay deep in our net, slightly upright and on our post and still make a save from those areas even if someone shoots. Don’t want to challenge here.
B. High zone
More threatening area on the ice, however still far from the net. We want to be more upright and replaced with a slight knee bend when players are out here. Toes at the top of the crease.
C. Mid zone
This is a very high scoring percentage area. Typically we want to be much lower in our crouch and ready to react to shots. If possible, have your heels to mid way though your skate at the top or the crease.
D. Low zone
Also a high percentage scoring area. Be in a relatively deep crouch, toes or heels top of the crease, and focus on driving the arms to cut off angles since the shooter is much tighter. Still want slightly active arms since there’s still room to shoot.
E. Tight zone
We want to be out at the top of the crease or on our posts, and often if not always you want to go into a butterfly blocking position – close all the holes on your body and lock your arms down tight to your sides. We don’t want to be overreacting in this area, we want to let pucks hit us then cover them.
F. Below the goal line
This area although not a direct threat, is dangerous for goalies as pucks move from below the goal line to the middle of the ice. We want to be on out posts at 30-45 degree angles, turning your head and constantly looking at the developing play in the middle of the ice. When pucks are taken behind the net, look around your post and through the back netting over your shoulders to follow the play.