Youth hockey program, Arlington MA

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Triangle Forecheck





                                    TRIANGLE FORECHECK




This forecheck should be the base forecheck for all teams




F1 pressures opposing D inside out, trying to either force a turnover or force opponent to either skate or pass puck up the boards.  F1 does not chase behind the net unless he or she has stick contact with the opposing D.  F2 is around the face off dot (strong side) and is reading F1, prepared to either:


A)    Come in and get the puck if there is a turnover

B)     Cut off a breakout pass attempt to the hashmark

C)    Deny breakout attempt up the middle on that side (either skating or pass)


If the puck goes behind the net then F3 anticipates and now fills the same role that F1 had previously held, pressuring the puck inside out (or intercepting the pass) F2 quickly slides across the ice to take the same position he held before, supporting F3.  F1 retreats to the inside of the weak side face-off circle and takes the role that F3 held previously.


In both instances, if the battle is lost along the strong side boards, the weak side forward is always prepared to back-check to prevent a 3-2 rush from the opponent.






The defensemen play this normally with no pinching unless they are going for a loose puck and are 100% sure they are going to win the battle.  The strong side D holds the puck as long as possible on scrums along the boards and the weak side D plays in line with the far goal post.  If we gain possession, it’s ok for the weak side D to slide a little to make it harder for the other team to cover us.