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Encyclopedia > Breakaway (ice hockey)

A breakaway is a situation in ice hockey in which a player with the puck has no defending players, except for the goaltender, between himself and the opposing goal, leaving him free to skate in and shoot at will (assuming he can skate faster than the defenders trying to catch him). A breakaway is considered a serious defensive lapse on the part of the other team. If a player's progress impeded by a player coming back into their defensive zone, or if the goalie throws his stick at the oncoming player, he is awarded a penalty shot. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Two standard hockey pucks. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... The puck dents the top of the net for a goal as the goaltender fails to block the shot A goal in ice hockey provides a team with one point. ... Outdoor ice skating in Austria Ice skating is travelling on ice with skates, narrow (and sometimes parabolic) blade-like devices moulded into special boots (or, more primitively, without boots, tied to regular footwear). ... In ice hockey, a penalty shot is a type of penalty awarded when a team loses a clear scoring opportunity because of a foul committed by an opposing player. ...


Options

The Player in this situation has many options of what to do. He may skate up and pull a deke off. A deke is where the player moves the puck very fast and can fake going one way with the puck and go the other. He may do this trying to catch the goalie off guard or get him out of position to score more easily. He may also just shoot the puck if he wishes.


The goaltender in this situation has options as well. He may "Poke Check" the player. The poke check is when the goalie takes his stick and tries to take away the puck from the player or make him lose control of it. He also may save it with his body by challenging the player which may result in the puck being shot right into him. A theory about breakaways is called the "Y" theory. In this theory the goalie comes out to somewhere between halfway between the faceoff circle hashes and the crease or go up to the hashes. From there he lines up to the puck. He skates backwards following the puck and based on the players actions he can drop and take the shot. Or if the player goes diagonally with the puck the player splits off from going straight back and then goes diagonal either way. The "Y" comes from the going straight back and then the diagonal movement. That forms a "Y" representing how a goalie can potentially play that breakaway.


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Breakaway (ice hockey) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (149 words)
A breakaway in ice hockey is a situation in which a player with the puck has no defending players, except for the goaltender, between himself and the opposing goal, leaving him free to skate in and shoot at will (assuming he can skate faster than the defenders trying to catch him).
A breakaway is considered a serious defensive lapse on the part of the other team.
If a player's progress is impeded from behind on a breakaway, he is awarded a penalty shot.
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