How to Score on a Breakaway
Move the Puck
The worst thing that you can do when you’re on a break away is to stick handle straight towards the goalie. Going in a straight line will make it very easy for the goalie to read what you’ll do because you’ll only have two options at the end when you go to shoot: deke right or deke left.
The proper position for the puck in on your stick side. If you keep the puck on your stick side, you can pass, deke, or make a drop pass which are much better options that just going for a deke. By keeping your options open you’ll keep the goalie guessing and have a higher chance of scoring a goal.
The first thing to look for when going for a shot is to see if you can find an opening. Most often the best places to find openings are the five-hole and and four corners. A lot of the time you can trick a goalie by faking a shot to one of the high corners and instead go for a quick low shot to the five-hole or a low corner.
If you’re facing a good goalie who doesn’t leave you any openings, you’re going to have to make your own. You can do this by tricking the goalie and making them move. A goalie trains to be in the line of the puck so, when the puck moves so will the goalie. When the goalie moves, they will close up old openings and create new ones. When a goalie moves they will create openings along the side of the net, under the arms, or in the five-hole. Keep an eye out for the new openings and shoot when you see your opportunity.
One of the best things that you can do to get the upper hand against a good goalie is to fake a shot. When you fake a shot the goalie will be tricked and will move or go down. If the move you’ll have some openings to shoot at and if they go down you’ll have the entire top of the net to aim for.
Take a look at some of these dekes to get an idea