The Point to Half Wall is an excellent small area game that helps players practice a 2 vs 1 in a small space along the boards. The game also reinforces important skills like keeping your head up, moving to open spaces, protecting the puck and communication.
The goal of the game is for the offense is to connect on 4 consecutive passes in a row. If they do so, they win and are allowed to shoot on net. If the defense takes the puck away, or the puck goes out of bounds 2 times during the game the defense wins and is awarded a shot on net.
- Playing Area: Use 4 cones or tires that create a triangle from the half wall to the middle of the blue line.
- Goalie Setup: This can be set up as a station with a goalie, or without. If you use a goalie it can be placed in the crease or the net can be moved so the drill is a station.
- Players: Alternate players. It is beneficial for players to get reps on both offense and defense sides.
- Passes: You can require 4 (or a different amount) of consecutive passes to win.
- Defense: If the defense is taking the puck away too much, you can tell the defense to flip their stick over.
- Winner: The winning side gets a shot on net. Other winning options are:
- If the offense wins:
- The last person with the puck gets a shot on net.
- Both players are given a puck and can shoot on different goalies.
- The game moves to a 2 vs 1 in front of the net and offense is allowed one shot if they can get it off.
- If the defense wins:
- They get a shot on net.
- The game moves to a 1 on 1 in front of the net and the defense is allowed one shot if they can get it off. The losing offense team needs to communicate with each other as to who is going to go after the defense.
- If the offense wins:
- Use the boards! They are your friend!
- If used properly, the boards can be used as an extra player out there and are helpful for bank passes and puck protection.
- Offensive players need to protect the puck until they can make a play and then expose the puck to make a pass.
- Offensive players have to move without the puck. Think "Give & Go!"
- Defensive players are most successful with active sticks and stop and starts. There are no short cuts!
- Have one of the offensive players be a "Point Player" who has to stay up around the blueline.
- This progression can be great for defenceman working on their puckhandling at the point & forwards becoming outlet passes.
- Create a smaller "playing area" to make it tougher on the offense.
- Play the Corner to Half Wall 2 vs 1.