goal·​tend·​ing ˈgōl-ˌten-diŋ How to pronounce goaltending (audio)
: the act of guarding a goal (as in hockey)
: 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 Add an ongoing goaltending problem — this was the third straight start in which starter Cam Talbot gave up five goals — and a team that had Stanley Cup aspirations is now struggling to stay afloat. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 25 Jan. 2024 An offensive goaltending call on the Nets then put the Heat back in possession down one with 25.7 seconds to play. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 16 Jan. 2024 Joe Pavelski, Matt Duchene, Roope Hintz and Jason Robertson scored on odd-man rushes as the Stars swept the season series, 3-0, against their Central Division rival and ruined the NHL debut of Wild goaltending prospect Jesper Wallstedt. John Shipley, Twin Cities, 11 Jan. 2024 Alex Stalock and Calle Clang have split the goaltending duties, with Stalock allowing four goals to Clang’s six. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Oct. 2023 This version of the Kings lacks the goaltending, finishing, and feistiness the Cup-winning teams had. Helene Elliott, Los Angeles Times, 19 Jan. 2024 Read full article Rather, Montgomery opted to finally slow down his effective goaltending carousel. Conor Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Mar. 2023 Austin Irwin was born and raised in Michigan, and, despite getting shelled by hockey pucks during a not-so-successful goaltending career through high school and college, still has all of his teeth. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 5 Sep. 2023 Minnesota is also a little iffy despite a great home stretch, probably needing incredibly hot goaltending. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 16 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of goaltending was in 1891

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“Goaltending.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goaltending. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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