goal·​tend·​ing | \ ˈgōl-ˌten-diŋ How to pronounce goaltending (audio) \

Definition of goaltending

1 : the act of guarding a goal (as in hockey)
2 : a violation in basketball that involves touching or deflecting a ball that is on its downward path toward the basket or on or within the rim of the basket

Examples of goaltending in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Panthers are a deep, powerful team and the Capitals will have trouble shutting them down, especially with their inconsistent goaltending. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, 2 May 2022 The Toronto Maple Leafs did well to acquire steady defenseman Mark Giordano from Seattle for two second-round picks and a third-rounder but didn’t fortify their goaltending, which has been plagued by injuries. Los Angeles Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Greiss had a good outing against the Rangers, but part of the blame for Saturday's loss falls on his subpar goaltending. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2022 Can’t see the goaltending holding up for very long against the Panthers. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2022 The improved defense and goaltending, two gritty skills that come in handy in the postseason, are the most recent reasons to be excited about the Panthers’ chances to make a long run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Chris Perkins, Sun Sentinel, 22 Apr. 2022 The goaltending against Portland overall has been terrible this season, so this could be considered things slightly correcting themselves. Dylan Bumbarger, oregonlive, 9 Mar. 2022 Karel Vejmelka, a rookie despite major experience in Europe, earned a longer-term contract with his goaltending after not being expected to make the NHL roster out of training camp. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 12 Apr. 2022 Kenai has played us tough and their goaltending has been good all year. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goaltending

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jun 2022

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“Goaltending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goaltending. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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