Recently, NCAA Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey Rules Committee approved a standardized overtime format for all regular-season games and in-season tournaments beginning with the 2018-19 season.
When a game remains tied after regulation time, teams will play five-on-five for five minutes to determine a winner. If neither team scores, the result will be a tie. No other options, including alternative formats for points in conference standings, will be permitted.
These rules aren’t final, yet. All rules changes must be approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel, which will discuss ice hockey rules change proposals during a July 25 teleconference. The National Collegiate Hockey Conference isn’t pleased with this proposal and is speaking out against it.
For those fans that are anti-3-on-3, consider this. All of the other competitive men’s hockey leagues use the 3-on-3 overtime to break ties. (S/T @RecoveringOPS)
NHL = 3×3 then SO
AHL = 3×3 then SO
ECHL = 3×3 then SO
OHL = 3×3 then SO
WHL = 3×3 then SO
QMJHL = 3×3 then SO
BCHL = 3×3 then SO
AJHL = 3×3 then SO
USHL = 3×3 then SO
If NCAA changes rules, 5×5 and then tie.
If Ice Hockey Rules Committee is successful in enacting their new changes, these type of exciting finishes will hit the trash bin of history.
For the people that like looking at statistics. Finally, recently, the NCHC penned this response for the Rules Committee’s proposal. Check out NCHC commissioner Josh Fenton’s tweet.