Something about this reminds me of former Cavaliers coach, Mike Fratello. The Tenafly Tigers high school hockey team in New Jersey used a two goalie tactic in a game against inner-state powerhouse, St. Joseph.
The move was a bold one, considering it removed one of their offensive pieces. But it’s wise in that it relies on shutting an opponent out. When you know you can’t outscore someone, you do the opposite: try as hard to stop them from scoring all together.
Unfortunately, some other outside-the-box coach has tried this before and been penalized. Officials penalized Tenafly with a two-minute penalty for the rule faux pas.
Because of their defensive vulnerability, Tenafly lost the game 10-0.
The idea of packing two goalies in at the goal, is similar to Fratello’s ‘win ugly’ approach with the Cavaliers in the 90’s.
Given little to any talent offensively–besides Terrell Brandon pre-injury–Fratello led average teams to the playoffs, with a score-less approach. Watching a Cavs game was worse than eating a bowl of glass shards in curdled gasoline. They led the league in defense, grinding wins out while holding opponents to 88 points per night.
Tenafly coach Andy Escala might consider packing lineman close to the net as an alternative to his two-goalie approach. Anything to stop a 10-0 route.
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