As part of our Trickshot Tuesday section, we will be discussing the 5-hole concept in ice hockey. When a shot goes between the legs of a goalie, it is referred to as the 5-hole. This is because when shooting on net, there are 5 target areas that a player is looking at. Each target is numbered 1 to 5 and is instrumental in scoring goals and keeping the lead on the other team. Here are the 5 targets or holes for goal scoring:
For puck shooting, the player will be targeting the upper-right section of the goal. The goalie will try to block the puck or defend the net by using his or her arm and the catcher. The goalie also uses the stick to deflect the puck or pass it to a teammate for a quick assault on the opponent’s net.
For puck shooting, the player will be targeting the lower-right section of the goal. The goalie will either slide or kick to deflect shots. Similarly, he or she extends the legs to completely close off the bottom of the net – very helpful in butterfly-style saves. The hockey stick is only used at times to deflect — as the pads are the primary means of deflecting shots. When the goalie has quick feet, he or she is known to be “kicking”.
For puck shooting, the player will be targeting the upper-left section of the goal. The goalie has gloves on each hand – catcher glove for right-handed goalies with the blocker for the left-hand. Blockers are used in these scenarios to deflect the shots. However, it is difficult to completely stop the puck so deflection is the best method.
For puck shooting, the player will be targeting the lower-left section of the goal. The goalie uses his or her leg pads during butterfly saves to block the net. He also uses the leg pads to protect the net from low shots. The stick can even be used to deflect and push the puck away from the net. However, the pads are the primary means for deflecting shots.
The fifth area – or five hole – is between the goalie’s leg pads and skates. This area is protected by the stick’s blade and used to cover up the susceptible area. The leg pads are also used in the butterfly position to prevent a goal. .
These are essentially the five open area targets that the goalie must cover. There are also two closed areas:
· Between the blocker, leg pad or goalie’s body.
· Between the glove, leg pad or goalie’s body.
The five hole expression in hockey originates from Canadian five pin bowling. It is truly one of the most exciting plays in hockey and here are a few videos: