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December 2019

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B ET W E E N T H E P I P ES GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH P R E S E N T E D B Y The coach starts the drill out by shooting a puck to the glove side of a goalie standing in the crease, who makes the save and places puck flat on the ice (make sure goalies don't drop the puck from a distance). The goalie then makes a pass to a goalie on his glove side, who makes a bounce pass off the backboards to a third goalie positioned on his blocker side, who then passes it back to the coach. The coach then shoots blocker side and the drill repeats in the opposite direction. Note: This drill can also be done with two goalies. In that scenario, the goalie makes the glove save and passes to the other goalie, who makes a pass back to the coach, who then takes a shot to the blocker side. Active Warm Up 18 // DECEMBER 2019 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM GOALIE DRILL OF THE MONTH k Dave Caruso knows a thing or two about the competitive nature of the goaltending position. As a former Div. I college goaltender, the Queens, N.Y., native played five seasons in professional hockey before turning his attention to coaching. Now a manager with USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program, Caruso continues to pass his knowledge and passion for the game along to the next generation. Over the past four seasons he has coached a youth team in Ohio that comes togeth- er early in the season to prepare for their respective high school teams. Recently he discovered that splitting time between his two netminders not only helped their individual development, it also helped bring a burst of energy to the rest of the team. The end result has been a more competitive 16U team that recently won the Lake Erie Cup in Cleveland. Caruso's game plan had Luke Mercer and Lennon Aledia each play an entire game if the schedule called for two contests to be played in a day. On days when there was a single game, such as the championship, the goalies split time. "They love it," Caruso said. "When they get to the rink they know they're going to play and be involved in every game." Since making the shift Caruso's team cut its goals-against average in half. "This is just what we do," he said. "We tell them the background of why and they're on their way. They don't need a warm up. They come in and they're ready to rock 'n' roll." TWO HALVES MAKE A BETTER WHOLE HALF & HALF Big 6'7 6'6 6'1 6'4 6'4 Ben Bishop Anthony Stolarz Jim Craig Thatcher Demko Joseph Woll 175 lbs. 190 lbs. 192 lbs. 210 lbs. 203 lbs. 209 lbs. F U T U R E T H E N N O W Tall Big & 5'9 Mike Curran k As the game continues to grow, so does the growth of its players, lit- erally. Nowhere is that more evident than the changes between the pipes.

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