How to Score in a Hockey Shootout

When a hockey game is tied at the end of the third and final period the two teams play a five minute 4 on 4 overtime. The overtime is a sudden-death format which means the first team to score a goal wins. If the game is still tied at the end of overtime then a shootout is used to decide a winner. In a shootout a player goes one-on-one with the opposing goalie and tries to score a goal. It is exciting and intense for fans to watch.


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    Start at center ice with the puck on the face-off dot.
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    Start skating to build up speed. It is important to go as fast as possible while keeping the puck under control. The faster you go, the more difficult it is for the goalie to react to what you are doing.
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    Any decent goalie will come fairly far out of the net to begin, then back in as you approach the net. Ideally, you want to be skating forward, faster than the goalie is skating backward.
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    If the goalie is too far out and not backing up fast enough, then you want to deke. If the goalie moving back too quickly and is close to the net, then you want to shoot because you can see more of the net.
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    Once you have made your decision keep skating and complete your deke and/or shot. Hopefully you will score a goal in the process. The main thing in the shootout is to score and give your team the advantage, while also putting pressure on the opposing player to score for their team.


  • Skate as fast as possible without losing puck control. If you go too slowly the goalie will be able to read everything you’re going to do with your shot or deke, and will make the save pretty much all the time.
  • Watch the goalie. If the goalie is out of his crease when you are coming in, it is wise to deke. If the goalie is back on the goal line, it is more wise to take the shot.
  • Don’t try too many moves and don’t try to be too fancy. It doesn’t matter if the shot looks nice,as long as it goes in the net.
  • You don’t always have to go straight down the middle of the ice - but normally it is better to go straight at the goalie. You can go wide to the outside of the ice. This gives you different options for trying to score and makes the goalie have to adjust to the angle.
  • Be decisive. Don’t hesitate too long because you will run out of time or ice. You don’t want to be too close to the goalie to make a deke or to shoot the puck.
  • Keep your head up. If you are staring down at the puck, your deke and/or shot will not be good enough to score a goal.


  • If you’re going too fast and you fall don’t put your head or feet towards the boards; you could seriously injure yourself.
  • Don’t run into the goalie or net. This can seriously injure you or the goalie.
  • Tie your skates tightly. If they are too loose you could risk breaking an ankle and you won’t be able to play.

Things You'll Need

  • Ice
  • A net
  • A hockey puck
  • A goalie
  • All necessary hockey equipment. Such as skates, a stick, helmet, hockey gloves and the necessary pads (shoulder, elbow and shin pads)

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Categories: Ice Hockey