NCHC approves use of shootout in regular-season games
The new National Collegiate Hockey Conference announced Thursday that will use the shootout to determine a winner for its regular-season games if the game is tied after the five-minute overtime.
A team winning in regulation or overtime will get three points in the standings. If the game is tied after 65 minutes, each team will receive a point, with the shootout winner receiving an additional point.
However, for NCAA purposes, the game will be considered a tie since shootouts aren't recognized by the organization.
The shootout will follow the NHL system of using three players. If it's tied after three shooters, then it will be sudden death.
"The conference office and our member institutions are committed to engaging our fans in ways that provide them excitement in our home venues," NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton said in a statement. "The use of a shootout at the conclusion of our standard overtime to determine an extra point within conference standings will make for an exciting race to determine the NCHC regular season champion. We are confident our passionate fans will enjoy this aspect of the game in similar ways to how it is embraced in the National Hockey League."
Shootouts will be optional in non-conference games hosted by NCHC teams.
The late CCHA had used the shootout the last few seasons.