This is part 2 of the flying V defense I posted a couple days ago.
This post explains why defense starts in the offensive zone and how the Tigers are leaking goals because their forwards are LAZY or in poor position.
First Vancouver Goal (1-0 Vancouver Lead minutes into the game)
Forwards not cycling properly.
Here we see all 3 Tiger forwards in deep and the puck going behind the net. Notice that all 3 forwards are touching the end redline, that should almost never happen.
Luckily they get away with it here, as a Tiger Dman pinches and saves the day, however their is a reset and Vancouver tries a second time to breakout.
Uh-Oh ( A few seconds later)
The Tigers maintain an aggressive attack that puts a lot of pressure on opposing defenceman as well as the first outlet pass out of the zone. Here we see a 2-1-2 attack pattern.
The reason Vancouver scored this goal was because of a simple mistake.
The red-circled player(Chad Butcher) Was lazy and half-assed skated back.
The black circled Player(Zach Fischer) is coming into the zone with speed and pressure, and the Vancouver player is looking to make a quick pass and almost bobbles the puck.
Remember last post when I talked about the "defensive switch"? Now the forwards also have a switch but it happens in the offensive zone.
Here the 3rd forward Fischer(black circle) now "switches" from 2-"1"-2 into the "2"-1-2 position
That means that the 1st forward Butcher(Red Circle) is now responsible for being the 2-"1"-2
However because he was "too tired" or "too lazy", the switch fails and if Vancouver breaks out they get an odd man rush.
Vancouver happens to get the odd man rush and they execute perfectly, grabbing a quick lead.
This is why this pattern is sometimes more risky or offensive minded, than a 1-2-2 pattern. If that switch doesn't happen or the giants transition is incredibly quick it leads to an odd man rush.
Vancouver Goal #2
Lack of defensive Awareness
The Tigers turn the puck over in the offensive zone and 3 forwards are caught deep, However they do not recover properly. The Vancouver forward just shot the puck on net
He made 2 costly errors on this play. First: He turned the puck over creating an odd man rush.
Two: He wasn't aware of the dangerous player.(red circle)
Vancouver had a 3 on 2 and Dahlstrom skated hard to get back into the play.
Hi mistake is that he isn't eyeing up the only dangerous player in the area.
I should note that it could be a mistake to simply skate to the Vancouver player because the middle of the ice is open. Instead he should be at the hashmarks and anticipating when the puck may come out front. once danger has passed, look for a switch back to his regular positioin when the centreman is back in the Tiger zone.
The New Tiger defenceman Henderson is now trying to cover 2 giants and the Giants managed to score off the rebound.
So While you could make a case about the goalie and covering the rebound, the Tiger's aren't in proper position anyways.
I love that the coaches went with the New goaltender.
1. It gets Bullion quickly integrated into the team
2. Bullion played well. Schneider will have to play better if he wants to reclaim ice-time.
Very solid defensive instincts. I think he he will fit in very well to the Tigers group.
17yr old defenceman Cameron MacPhee was sent down to account for the new Defencemen into the Tigers lineup.
Tigers play Edmonton Saturday, Edmonton has traded 2 overagers and one of their bigger defenceman over the last 2 days, so they will be adapting to a younger lineup