On Thursday, the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) announced that it will be making a change to the format of its standings. This change is driven by the alteration of the NCHC overtime format.
The overtime change the NCHC is referring to is the addition of the 3-on-3 overtime after the normal 5-on-5 overtime before the shootout we grew accustomed to last year.
Last year, the standings looked like this:
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The means that a team that wins a game in the 3-on-3 overtime period will receive the same 2 points that they would earn for a shootout victory. This release comes as no surprise as the NCHC is the only conference that is using this new, modified overtime format.
Last year, any game that ended in a shootout counted as a tie in the eyes of the NCAA and the all-powerful PairWise rankings. That policy will also include games that end in the 3-on-3 overtime period for the 2015-2016 season.
These changes might be a bit confusing so here is a summary of the effects of the new overtime policy for the NCHC standings and the national PairWise standings:
Game ends in Regulation: Winner earns 3 points, loser earns 0 points.
Game ends in 5-on-5 overtime: Winner earns 3 points, loser earns 0 points.
Game ends in 3-on-3 overtime: Winner earns 2 points, loser earns 1 point.
Game ends in Shootout: Winner earns 2 points, loser earns 1 point.
Game ends in Regulation: Winner earns the win, loser earns the loss.
Game ends in 5-on-5 overtime: Winner earns the win, loser earns the loss.
Game ends in 3-on-3 overtime: Game treated as a tie.
Game ends in Shootout: Game treated as a tie.
To read the entire press release, click here.