Youth hockey program, Arlington MA

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Arlington Forecheck





                                    ARLINGTON FORECHECK




This fore-check should be utilized to generate offense




The forwards are staggered as shown, with F1 pressuring inside out, trying to either force a turnover or force the opposing D to skate or pass the puck up the boards.  F1 does not chase behind the net unless he or she has stick contact with the D.  F2 supports from the center of the ice, in the slot, and must read F1.  If F1 is pressuring and has a chance for a turnover, he or she moves in to support and create the 2v1 in tight.  Otherwise he or she does not move to the strong side.  F3 is high forward (last forward in the zone) and plays in the high slot.  F3 is responsible for cutting off a pass to the opposing wing on the hashmark so he or she must read, react, and anticipate.  F3 is also responsible for denying/pressuring any breakout up the middle. Ideally, we wouldn’t want this person skating backwards if the breakout is headed in their direction.  Take an angle on the puck carrier and force your opponent to make a decision earlier than they want.    






The defensemen play this normally with no pinching unless going for a loose puck that he or she are sure to win.  Strong-side D holds the strong side as long as possible on scrums along the boards and the weak –side D plays in line with the far post.  If we gain possession, it’s ok for the weak-side D to slide a little wider.