How to Score more Goals in Hockey

Do you freeze up on breakaways? Do you want to score more goals in Hockey? Read this article to learn what to do to score more goals in hockey!

If you have read my article on how to deke, you are now ready to learn how to beat the goalie. This may be easier said than done, but there are some tips that will be helpful.

First you must know the golden rule. If you are on a breakaway or a one on one with the goalie, you shouldn’t stick handle with the puck directly in front of you. If you stick handle with the puck directly in front of you the goalie knows that you are not going to shoot because there are only 2 things you can do; deke left, or deke right. In order for you to shoot you must move the puck to your side.

When on a breakaway the proper place to have the puck is on your stick side. If you are right handed then you should be stick handling the puck on your right side. If you have the puck on your stick side than you can shoot, pass, make a drop pass or deke. This will keep the goalie thinking about what you are going to do next.

Where to shoot?

You are alone with the goalie and don’t know what to do. Well the first thing you should do is look for an opening. The best places to look are the corners, and the five-hole (between the legs). Most goalies are expecting you to deke, or shoot for the top corners when you are on a breakaway. Many times you can trick the goalie by just sliding the puck by the goalie with a quick low shot to the bottom left or right corners.

A good goalie will usually know his angles and will not give you a lot of places to shoot at. If you are facing a good goalie then you will not have a lot of openings, so you will have to make your own.

You can make a place to shoot at by making the goalie move. If you want to make the goalie move then you must deke, or move the puck. The goalie is trained to line up with the puck, so when you move the puck the goalie also moves. When the goalie moves it creates openings, usually between the legs, under the arms and around the insides of the posts. With a little practice you will learn where to shoot when you deke left, and where to shoot when you deke right.

Watch the goalie. One of the best moves to do on any goalie is a fake shot. When you fake a shot most goalies will be tricked and either go down, or at the least move a little bit. This gives you a chance to look for new openings and shoot for them. A move that works most of the time is to stick handle on your shooting side. If you shoot right than you will be stick handling on your right side. When you are within 15 to 20 feet from the net fake a shot to the right side of the net (push the puck towards the goalie as if you are going to shoot it). You then stop the puck with the back hand side of the blade, move the puck to your forehand and pull it to the left side of the net. In most cases when you fake the shot the goalie will go down, then all you have to do is pull the puck over to the opposite side of the net and raise it up over the goalies pad with a quick backhand shot.

There  are many other moves that can be done on a goalie, if I get good reviews on this article then I will write about some more moves that can be done.

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  1. Reply Fizz October 8, 2011 at 11:27 am

    There is a tip my coach showed me called the inside Mohawk, its a more advanced move but it works great, what you do is come low and open your skates, so your riding you inside edges, and go right in front of the goal, the goalie will move and give you a wide open space to shoot and score…here is a vid i found on YouTube to give an example

    • Reply Jeremy October 13, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      Coach Weiss? Good guy!

  2. Reply MABBOTT August 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    great site, been playing hockey my whole life and its always good to get some refresher tips to refine your skills. Ive always thought of myself as more of a grinder that can score and looking to improve my hands and shot with dryland training. keep the tips and drills coming

  3. Reply Stacie May 22, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    LOVE THIS SITE!!! Keep it up, I’m addicted. Just started playing hockey after 20+yrs and improved a fair bit over the course of last season. Didn’t want the season to end… 🙁

    I scour the web for hockey-related tips and look for dvd’s, but this is by far the best site for all things hockey-related! Any skating tips would be great, I know – PRACTICE is key, but tips for skating backwards would be super useful for me. And of course, shooting and deking tips are awesome.

  4. Reply Gage May 22, 2011 at 10:35 am

    thanks for all the awesome tips. i went from a 5-7 goal scorer to the leading sniper on my team using your tips

  5. Reply Benoit March 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Great basic tips . I just need more of these it help me a lot so far. thanks .

  6. Reply Daniel Hull February 7, 2011 at 3:48 am

    Thanks a lot for the tips and articles. Being a forward, I especially like the ones on offense. This is a good website. I also really like the stuff you guys have on YouTube. Keep the articles coming! I’ll tell my friends about it!


  7. Reply Matt July 12, 2010 at 12:05 am

    great tips! thanks for creating this site, I m just getting into inline hockey and it has helped me heaps. My slapshot has improved dramatically due to your article. Keep up the good work!

  8. Reply Juol May 20, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    hey really nice articles I have read a lot and they have all helped me
    hope you can write more about how to deke the goalie and some dangling moves!!

    • Reply Jeremy May 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      We will focus on that when hockey season starts up again (around September) That way it will be easy for us to get ice time.

  9. Reply zack April 11, 2010 at 10:05 am

    thanks for the best hockey site

    • Reply Offense April 14, 2010 at 1:14 am

      Thanks for reading, let me know if there is anything you need help with and I will try to cover it. Oh and Tell a friend 😀

  10. Reply Wes March 7, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    Even for a non-hockey player, these are good articles!! keep it up!

  11. Reply Tara Anderson February 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    you need to tell more on how to deke and shoot in top shelf.

    • Reply Offense February 17, 2010 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Tara, I am working on a lot of articles and videos at the moment and hope to cover each topic in detail. Sometimes I will write a general article with a few tips, and then drive down to the nitty gritty details in other articles. Feel free to subscribe to my posts to stay up to date on all the hockey tips!

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