2 vs 2 Game (With 1 Goalie & Tire Nets)

2 vs 2 Game (With 1 Goalie & Tire Nets) diagram

Only 1 goalie? No Problem! Coach Alyssa Gagliardi shows coaches how they can run a cross-ice game with only one goalie. One team shoots on a goalie, while the other team has 2 small tires on the opposite end they try to hit to score points. Below we discuss the setup, coaching points & variations for different ability levels.


  • Cross-ice setup as shown in the diagram. Can be 2v2, 3v3, or 4v4.
  • One team shoots on a goalie and the other team tries to hit tires for points. You can add 1 to 3 tires depending on the skill level of your players (the more tires, the easier it is for the other team).
  • On the whistle, the coach flips the puck into the zone. Coaches can blow a whistle for a line change, if the goalie freezes the puck, the puck goes out of play, or a goal is scored.
  • Switch up the sides during the course of the game so everyone gets a chance to shoot on the tires and the goalies. Both nets provide fun and unique challenges.
  • The coach should keep score! Players waiting at the blue line should cheer for their teammates.

Coaching Points


  • Can vary the number of players playing (2v2, 3v3, 4v4).
  • Can vary the size of the playing area.
  • Can set up the game so if a team scores on the tires, the teams switch sides and their team gets to shoot on the goalie now.
  • If you do not have any goalies you can have both teams try to score on tires. (View example).
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