The Bowdoin College Polar Bears had dominated the first period of their men’s ice hockey game against archrival Colby College several years ago but despite a lopsided shots-on-goal margin, they found themselves trailing 1-0.
But Bowdoin found the net in the second and third periods and left Colby’s Alfond Arena in Waterville with an impressive win.
What did Bowdoin College coach Terry Meagher tell his troops between periods? He told them to shoot at the goalie’s pads.
The rationale was that if you hit the goalie’s pads, there was likely to be a rebound.
Or you might catch the goalie moving and sneak one between his pads.
Another possibility was you might miss the pads but still find the net.
The University of Maine men’s hockey team is having a major problem scoring goals.
Perhaps shooting at the goalie’s pads could help them snap out of their slump (six goals in five games).
But they will also need to attack the net so if a rebound occurs, they’re in position to pop home the rebound.
There was once a prominent high school hockey coach in Minnesota who preached that he wanted his team to get at least 40 shots on goal every game. He didn’t care where they shot from.
That’s also good advice, although there are times you need to be a little selective.
However, that being said, Maine fans will always remember sniper Colin Shields.
Nobody scored more off-angle goals than Shields. As soon as he reached the puck in the offensive zone, he threw a low shot on goal. He’d catch goalies off guard.
The key was a quick release and his accuracy — something that could also help the Black Bears.
Some of the NHL’s greatest goal scorers didn’t have great shots. But they did have quick releases and accurate shots.
As for Maine’s 0-for-26 power play, the key is movement off the puck and getting pucks on net as soon as they can find a shooting lane.
You need to keep moving to establish a shooting lane and once you get the puck, let ’er rip.
Maine’s power-play players have been stationary when they move the puck and that makes them easy to cover.