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Ozone Trap

For age level: 11 to 13

Explanation: This offensive system will work if you have a strong set of offensive defensemen and good forecheking wingers who will willingly crash the net. The O-Zone Trap essentially uses the centerman as a support player to the d-mmen to enable them to counter attack in the offensive end against break out attempts. As the opposing team gains control of the puck low in their end begins a typical breakout up the boards, the role of the winger is to force the opposing d-man to make the pass to their winger from low in their own end. When this happens, the strong-side d-man pinches down the boards on the opposing winger. The center, playing high at the top of the circles and mirroring the puck, fills the d-man spot to take away the high boards. The weak side d-man shifts over to fill the high middle along the blue line. Ideally, the d-man pinching will stop the opposing winger, leaving the puck to be picked up by the center behind him. The center and d-man now have a numerical advantage along the half boards. If the center has a shooting lane, he should shoot a low hard shot at the net while the wingers crach the net for tips and rebounds. If the center does not have a lane to the net, a pass to the d-man may open up a cross ice pass to the weak side winger in the high slot.

Tips: The O-Zone Trap can also be used as a method to play defense in the offensive zone, if your team is protecting a lead. It turns one of your best skating players, your center, into a 3rd defenceman. You wont get a lot of shots with this system but you can bottle your opponents their own end. this can be particularly use full against a team with strong rushing defense if you dump the puck in on your entry to their zone and then forecheck strong with your wingers to force their defense to give up the puck deep in their end.

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