Glossary: 5-Hole Goal
A 5-hole goal goes in between the goalie’s legs and skates. Goalies try to prevent 5-hole goals with their stick and with “butterfly” moves (although nothing will remind you less of an elegant fluttering butterfly than a padded, smelly hockey player dropping to the ice). Holes 1 through 4 include glove-side high, glove-side low, stick-side high and stick-side low. If you poke around online, you can’t find references to the mythical 6-hole where the puck seems to go straight through the goalie. You can also find 6-hole and 7-hole referencing the goalie’s stick-side torso and glove-side torso. In the United States, however, you can sound like a real fan by simply knowing what 5-hole means.
The best look we found of a 5-hole goal is from behind the net at a roller hockey game. See it in action here:
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Kelly Kordes Anton for this story.