This may be crucial information for whatever team is playing Hopkins the first round of the NCAA Tournament. I noticed something about the Hopkins keeper during the Loyola game yesterday, as Loyola’s first two goals were both scored in similar fashion. Gvozden likes to come out of the goal to try and make a save instead of staying on the pipe, which is why both Shane Koppens and Colin Finnerty were able to score early on. The offensive player has to have patience and guts to get towards the crease and take some checks, as soon as they get close enough, Gvozden will pop out to try and make the save instead of hugging the pipe. The best way to do this is to either dodge from the wing or at X. Utilizing a spread formation or an iso. Hopkins defense will stay pretty tight, but if you can get close enough to the crease for an open shot, Gvozden will help you by giving up space stick side. This is illustrated from the photograph of Colin Finnerty’s goal from lax.com.
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