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[gohl-ten-ding] /ˈgoʊlˌtɛn dɪŋ/
Basketball. any of several violations that prevent a goal from being scored, occurring when a player interferes with a shot by touching the ball on its downward flight to the basket or while it is over, on, or within the rim of the basket.
Origin of goaltending
1935-40; goal + tend2 + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Emphasis on the basic skills of starting, stopping and turning along with stick handling and goaltending.
  • They're getting balanced scoring, solid defense despite missing key players and first-rate goaltending.

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