The 2 v 1 Quick Strike from Kendall Coyne Schofield is a great small area game for practicing quick developing 2 on 1's for both offense and defense. The game should have a lot of scoring and pace to it.
- Set up 2 nets on the half wall in an offensive zone
- Draw a line (or place a few cones/tires) in the middle of the zone going from the blue line to the end boards (through the crease)
- Each side has 2 forwards, 1 defenseman and a goalie
- Players who are not in the 2 v 1 should keep the puck in along the blue line
The objective of the game is to play up to a certain number, team "X" vs team "O"
- Coach passes a puck in or chips it in for a battle
- Forwards are trying to score
- Defense is trying to get the puck to their forwards on the other side of the ice to activate the 2 on 1
- As soon as the puck crosses over to the other side, the 2 forwards and defensemen clear out and 3 new players come in
- Players can go anywhere on their half of the ice
- If a goal is scored, the coach should reward the scoring team with another puck
- This game should be continuous, but the coach can dump in another puck if one clears the zone or the goalie freezes it
- Keep Score!
- After the defenseman transitions the puck to his or her forwards, they are allowed to activate and cross to the other side
- If this happens, then one of the forwards (from zone that was just cleared) can also activate, making it a 3 v 2
- This version is a little more skating and has more decisions involve
- Quick shots and quick passes
- Players on the side without the puck should work to be an outlet for their teammate (get open, call for the puck and present your stick as a target).
- Defensive players need to keep their heads up and make quick decisions to transition the puck to their teammates