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The Penalty Kill and Women of Strength

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Shannon focuses on women of strength with her guest Nancy Hogshead Makar;  a champion of women and defender of athletes, plus Shannon’s tactics for the Penalty Kill

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Podcast length: 35′ 34″

Shannon’s guest  this week is a strong and successful woman – Nancy Hogshead-Makar.  Nancy is an Olympic champion, Civil Rights Lawyer and runs Champion Women. Champion Women addresses standard Title IX compliance, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse, LGBT, employment and pregnancy discrimination.  Nancy has been working on sexual abuse in the Olympic movement for nine years now, but it really heated up in 2018 after the Larry Nassar case.  This week’s Drill of the Week is 3v2 Back Checking Drill as Shannon share a good way to teach the Penalty Kill (PK) early in the season, to get started, and then coaches can expand on this style of play based on their own coaching philosophies, the skill set of their team, and taking into consideration the talent level of the opponent.

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Shannon’s notes: 

Penalty Kill (PK)

I’ll share a good way to teach the PK early in the season, to get started, and then coaches can expand on this style of play based on their own coaching philosophies, the skill set of their team, and taking into consideration the talent level of the opponent.

Always try to deny the opponent’s Power Play (PP) time and space to set up. Forcing on the entry is a great way to cause chaos for the PP and to create turnovers. BUT, when the PK is in the DZ already and the PP has control, PK should contain until it’s smart to pressure. This allows the PK to get organized and see how the PP wants to set up.

Examples:

  1. Puck is at the hash marks on the wall – PK should go into a tight box, closing up the middle of the ice – protecting the net front area so the PP can’t pass inot the slot for a one timer, and are there to clear rebounds. Deny passing lanes down to the goal line, up to the defense (D) and through the middle of the box with active sticks.
  2. Puck at the top – high middle on blue line – have PK go into a passive/narrow diamond – get pads into the shooting lanes – net front D fronts the two players at the net and denies shot passes to both of them.

With a tight box or narrow diamond the PP can pass around the outside and try to find shooting lanes. If the PK is disciplined and in position, shooting lanes will be denied and shots will be blocked. There is always the potential for a breakaway from a blocked shot.

When should PK pressure?

  • when the opponent is trying to enter the offensive zone – on the entry
  • when they dump or rim the puck into the zone
  • when they have poor puck control
  • when they only have one passing option, which is poor support
  • when there is a free puck – go!

PK players need to be aware that the PP may want to pick or screen players. PK needs to fight through and/or roll off picks and screens. PK should not allow themselves to get tied up with one player, as the PP has a numerical advantage and PK needs to rotate as the puck moves. When the PP shoots, PK collapses to net front area to box out PP, tie up sticks and clear rebounds. If PK gets possession in the NZ or OZ and cannot be a threat to score, control the puck and kill time. When possible, pass it back to the D, they can control the puck and run down the clock, then get it deep when it’s time. Before passing the puck back to the D, make sure the passing lane is there and there is no chance of a turnover.

PK Overplays

  1. Aggressive Overplays on Entry – early overplay at the blue line. F1 forces puck carrier into D1. D1 steps up to force a dump/chip. F2 has middle and D2 retrieves the puck.
  2. Overplays vs Hard Rims – D2 & F2 go rimmed puck, D1 goes to that area as well, and supports low. F1 takes net front/slot area.
  1. Overplays at the goal line – D1 pressures at the goal line, with D2 supporting low for possession and pressure. F1 supports high. F2 goes into the slot.

Today’s Side Bar – The Strength of Women:

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her…

But a woman of strength gives the best of her to everyone.

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…

But a woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong.

Shannon’s guest is a strong successful woman – Nancy Hogshead-Makar.

Nancy is an Olympic champion, Civil Rights Lawyer and runs Champion Women. Champion women addresses standard Title IX compliance, Sexual Harassment and Sexual Abuse, LGBT, employment and pregnancy discrimination. Nancy has been working on sexual abuse in the Olympic movement for 9 years now, but it really heated up after Larry Nassar.

Nancy explains the two major reports came out that were damning of the USOC Board and the culture within the Olympic movement, why she recently called for the near-complete resignation of the USOC Board and leadership, the statute that was recently passed that protects athletes in the Olympic movement, and what social norms need to change to protect athletes.

 

 

 

 

 

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