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In-Tight Scoring: Hand-Eye Puck Control In Close

Skill Drills

Welcome to the In-Tight Scoring Series with legendary Skills Coach Pete Lenes, a.k.a. Swaggy P! This series is specifically designed to teach players how to take advantage of opportunities down low and in-tight so that they can score more goals! 

At HockeyShot, we’re passionate about elevating hockey players’ skills to new heights. That’s why we set out to create the ultimate guide for players to score more goals with elite level instruction and drills from Coach Pete! 

As a former D1 player turned 10-year pro, Pete Lenes, is passionate about pushing player development to the next level. As the co-owner of Elev802 in Vermont, Pete works with elite players on refining their skills, creating more offensive opportunities, and becoming elite goal scorers. Swaggy P not only constantly pushes the limits of his local players, but also himself, quickly becoming one of the hockey community’s most followed coaches for his blend of high- quality instruction, mind-blowing stick skills and puck control.  

And now he’s here to teach you! 

Coach Pete shows us a few of his favourite drills to develop confidence in-tight and unlock the skills to consistently put the puck in the net! 

In this video, Swaggy P shows us how to master your hand-eye puck control in close so that you can put more pucks in the net! Check it out! 

For this lesson, Swaggy P practices a drill that’s focusing on sauce passes and hand-eye coordination while batting it into the net. 

This drill is in two parts:

  1. Start down low in the corner beside the net. Sauce pass the puck to a rebounder in front of the net, getting over the defense or goalie’s “stick” and receive it.
  2. This next part involves a bit of hand-eye. Flip the puck up and attempt to bat it into the net. Start off with practicing the first part of the drill. Once comfortable, add on the second part and begin practicing the whole drill as one.  

If you don’t want to try and flip it up for part two, leave it on the ice and shoot it from there. During this drill, focus on moving your hands along your stick to get them in the proper positions for passes and goals. 

Develop your saucer passes and hand-eye coordination down low with this drill that simulates a real-game scenario. 

Get out there and get training!