Where to Shoot to Score More Goals

Shoot to score more goals

by Jeremy Rupke on February 17, 2013

If you started playing hockey at a young age you probably had a dream to roof the puck. Young hockey players have trouble getting the puck off the ice, but once they learn how to shoot high it’s almost the only place they shoot. At a young age it is not a bad idea to shoot high, the goalies are short and give you a lot of room to shoot up high, however as the goalies get older they get much bigger and soon you don’t have the same advantage. At a young age shooting high is a good idea, but when you get older you need to know the best places to shoot. In the video below I discuss some of the best places to shoot to score more goals.

Shoot to Score

Some of the best places to shoot

  • Shoot for the goalies ears (if they go down easily and play in their crease)
  • Shoot just over the pad, either blocker side or glove side
  • Go 5-hole when you are in close

Why you shouldn’t always shoot high

  • If you shoot a bit too high the puck will end up behind the net, no chance for a rebound
  • If the goalie stops you he will usually catch the puck in his glove – no rebound
  • If you don’t know about the shooters illusion you may think there is a lot of room up high, when in fact it is covered
  • Shooting high through traffic usually results in a blocked shot
  • A lot of goalies anticipate high shots because they know players like to roof the puck

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Hi my name is Jeremy. I LOVE hockey and I am passionate about improving and helping others improve. My goal is to break every hockey skill down into easy to understand articles and videos. I explain everything step-by-step to help others improve. If you want to learn more about me you can read my about page. Thanks for reading and sharing!

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Mike June 30, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Thanks this helped as I have been having trouble scoring can`t wait to try these out in my next game. Thanks a ton!

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Jack February 20, 2013 at 12:02 am

Can you comment on backhand shots; these seem to get through the goalies pads. Not sure as to why, shooting target areas the same; but give goalies trouble stopping them. Thanks

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ryan February 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I score a lot of goals agove pad/low glove as you suggested. Especially when there is traffic.

Good points about going low. I will keep it low more!

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