Save Techniques

Below are a variety of save techniques that we at GOALIETECHbelieve all goalies should know and understand. We also believe that the stick is the most important tool that a goalie has at his or her disposal. It's not only for making saves but it is the key ingredient in placing a goalie in a well balanced and square position when moving to a new location on the ice. *Please notice the stick position in all the save techniques below.

Here they are in no particular order...

 

 1. Traditional Butterfly

Looking for-tracking, balance, rapid knee drop, slight shoulder and core rotation, stick positioning and engagement, puck control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

Save selection- when shot is low near ice level and just outside the midline (mid-saggital plane) of the body

 

 

   2. Six-Hole Butterfly

Looking for- tracking, balance, rapid knee drop, elbows clenching into core, rebound control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

Save selection- when shot is knee height and close to the midline of the body

 

 3. Breakaway 'Y' Butterfly

Looking for- rapid backward retreating speed, finishing in a 'Y' formation, timing, gap control, tracking, balance, glove engagement, rapid knee drop, lateral transfer rotation, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

Save selection- breakaways, shootouts

 

 4. Extended Butterfly

Looking for-tracking, balance, rapid leg and arm extension, slight rotation, weight transfer, puck control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

Save selection- when already in a butterfly and shot changes direction from midline to lateral (away from the midline)

 

 

 5. Regressing Semi-Butterfly/LTR

 Looking for- rapid backward momentum speed, timing, gap control, tracking, balance, one rapid leg extension, lateral transfer rotation, stick positioning and involvement, puck control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

 Save selection- when shot is low from a break, or 1 on 1, away from the midline of the body, while retreating backwards, and taken in close proximity

 

 

 

6. Lateral Step Semi Butterfly

Looking for- a simultaneous step and drop motion, balance, tracking, weight transfer, squareness, ability to recover for rebound, and not perching on heels, gloves square, stick involvement

Save selection- when shot is low and away from the midline of the body, from mid range shot location, to the outside

 

 

 7. Blocking Butterfly

Looking for- balance, rapid knee drop, elbows clenching into core, rebound control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery, stay tall or get big

Save selection- when puck can not be seen due to screen or to close to track

 

8. Tracking Butterfly

  Looking for-tracking, balance, rapid knee drop, slight rotation, weight transfer, stick positioning and engagement, puck control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

Save selection- when shot is mid height and away from the midline of the body and at tracking distance

 

 

 9. Lateral Push Butterfly

Looking for- balance, tracking, lateral acceleration, squareness, weight transfer, stick positioning, and not perching on heels, gloves square

Save selection- when pass made cross ice and a one timer is anticipated

*Note- It is very important that the stick be in a more 'lead' position than the goalie above. He should be rotating his stick and shoulder to his right side more. The catcher should at this point be more to his right side for speed and recovery and not lagging behind him as it is here.

 

 


10. Tracking Step Save

Looking for- lateral step, tracking, balance, leg and arm extension, erect and staying on feet

Save Selection- when shots are away from the midline of the body, from perimeters

 

 

 

11. Rebound Control Butterfly

Looking for- tracking, trapping on chest, balance, ability to recover for rebound, and not perching on heels

Save selection- when shots are rising above the waste near the midline

 

 

 

12. Lateral Push Semi-Butterfly

Looking for- lateral acceleration, balance, tracking, head rotation, squareness, ability to recover for rebound, not perching on heels, gloves square, stick closing down 5-Hole

Save selection- when pass made from high end zone to low end zone on same side of ice, and away from the midline

 

13. Five-Hole Butterfly

Looking for-tracking, balance, rapid knee drop, stick positioning and engagement, puck control, not sitting or perching, rapid recovery

Save selection- when shot is low and at the midline of the body

 

 

 14. Reactionary Semi-Butterfly

Looking for- balance, tracking, lateral transfer rotation, full leg and arm extension, ability to recover for rebound, not perching on heels, stick aggression and engagement, gloves square

Save Selection- when puck in close and a quick reactionary save is required 

 

 

 15. Traditional Semi-Butterfly

Looking for- balance, tracking, full lateral transfer rotation, ability to recover for rebound, not perching on heels, stick aggression and engagement, gloves square

Save Selection- when puck is at mid range distance or at a tracking distance 

 

 

16. Poke check

Looking for-full arm extension, tracking, balance, do not over commit or end up on your belly or on your side. Stay within yourself and be in a position to recover to your feet at all times. If your laying flat on the ice there is no chance to if you miss with the poke and even if you make contact you are in position for a rebound.

Save Selection-Shooter in tight or looses slight control of puck. 

 Another great poke check...

 

Notice this goalie is in a position for a rebound or a deke if he missed with the poke. He is in full body control if he needed to move laterally or backwards.

A 'not recommended' poke check below...

 Totally over committed and in no position for a pass, rebound or deke. Taking a huge risk especially at this poor angle or low scoring percentage area.

Another 'not recommended'...

 Again, in a poor position if he misses the poke and if there is another save opportunity from a rebound or deke. 

 

17. The VH Save

Looking for-Balance, proper stick position, staying tall, shoulders square, tracking

Save Selection-Only when there is zero possibility of a cross crease pass and only at really bad angles.

 

Note: GOALIETECH does not endorse the paddle down on shots or screens. It is a double coverage save meaning the stick is covering ice where the pads are already located. A traditional butterfly covers the same amount of ice or lower net but you are taller and cover more upper net. A lateral version of the paddle down for wrap arounds, is endorsed. See below...