goaltending

noun
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 plan had been for the longtime face of the Rangers to share goaltending duties for the Capitals with 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov. Howard Fendrich, baltimoresun.com, "Goalie Henrik Lundqvist says he will not play for the Capitals this season because of a heart condition," 17 Dec. 2020 Alabama fell to Western Kentucky, 73-71, on Saturday afternoon in a game that ended in some confusion over a goaltending call. Mike Rodak | Mrodak@al.com, al, "Late goaltending call downs Alabama in loss to Western Kentucky," 19 Dec. 2020 The Stars had previously planned to split goaltending duties in the exhibition. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "A familiar sight: Stars’ offense stalls during return to live action vs. Nashville," 31 July 2020 Boston split its goaltending duties roughly 60/40 between Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak during the regular season as preparation for the playoffs. Stephen Whyno, Star Tribune, "First-round back-to-backs favor NHL teams with 2 top goalies," 11 Aug. 2020 Should Bowness be more forgiving of defensive errors since his team’s offense needs help and its goaltending is solid? Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Denis Gurianov: Defensive liability or Stars offensive necessity?," 6 Aug. 2020 In other goaltending movement, Cam Talbot left the Flames to sign an $11 million, three-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. Stephen Whyno, baltimoresun.com, "Lundqvist signs with Capitals, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency," 9 Oct. 2020 Other goaltending options for Seattle could include Holtby or Thatcher Demko in Vancouver, or free agent goalies like Antti Raanta, Tukkaa Rask or Petr Mrazek. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "‘He’s home’: Anton Khudobin re-signs with Stars on three-year, $10 million deal," 9 Oct. 2020 The first addition to new Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong’s hockey operations staff is Brian Daccord, a former goaltending coach with the Boston Bruins and goaltender scouting and development consultant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Jose M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Coyotes name Brian Daccord special assistant to GM," 26 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of goaltending

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goaltending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goaltending. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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