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 Hodges took a shot with 29 seconds left that accounted for the final points when Barkley was called for goaltending. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Here are moments Nos. 71 to 80 among the greatest in Wisconsin sports over the past 50 years," 3 June 2020 Then came a big four-point swing, as Wallace blocked Ron Harper's layup attempt without being called for goaltending and moments later Smith scored a breakaway layup off a turnover by Glen Rice. oregonlive, "Trail Blazers Classics: Portland forces fateful Game 7 vs. Los Angeles Lakers in 2000 Western Conference finals," 21 Apr. 2020 It was ruled goaltending and the bucket was waved off. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State basketball finding slow starts, road woes don't mix," 25 Jan. 2020 The Islanders receive timely goaltending and score late in games. Chris Wassel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Lightning-Islanders odds: New York an underdog at home," 1 Nov. 2019 Built similarly to the Avalanche, with perhaps better goaltending and a bit more veteran presence up front, albeit a bit less shine on their first-line stars. BostonGlobe.com, "A few bleary-eyed thoughts and shots after nine days on the road to start this hockey season . . .," 12 Oct. 2019 Thanks to Fleury’s MVP-like goaltending and a relentless attacking style, the Golden Knights have given up just three goals in five playoff games. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Five reasons the Vegas Golden Knights continue to thrive as NHL's most-successful expansion team," 27 Apr. 2018 Dallas contended that goaltending rules were misapplied when a late basket by Atlanta’s John Collins was counted. Tim Reynolds, Houston Chronicle, "NBA fines Mavericks owner $500,000, sends teams memo on proper conduct," 6 Mar. 2020 New Jersey defense and goaltending is on the other side of the coin. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "New Jersey Devils at Washington Capitals odds, picks and best bets," 11 Jan. 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 5 Jul. 2020.

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