We've already learned about hockey teams and how many players are on the ice during a game. There are five (5) skaters and one (1) goalie at all times on the ice during a game unless a team is short-handed from a power play.
Pulling The Goalie
If a team is losing in the 3rd period and there is not much time left on the game clock, they may decide to pull the goalie off the ice for an additional skater. This strategy is called pulling the goalie.
When To Pull The Goalie?
A team usually won't pull the goalie unless it is a last resort because it leaves the net vulnerable to an easy goal. As a fan you won't see this strategy used until the final few minutes of the game.
Deciding To Pull The Goalie
The manager will take the following factors into consideration before pulling the goalie:
- How much time is left on the game clock?
- Will the opposing team slip past our skaters?
- How many goals is my team behind?