Beginning with the 2019-2020 season Atlantic Hockey will become the fourth NCAA hockey conference to adopt a 3-on-3 and shootout format for regular season conference games.
Currently the NCHC, WCHA, and the Big 10 conferences utilize this format.
How does it work?
After 60 minutes:
If the game has a winner after regulation, the winner is awarded 3 points in the conference standings. The losing team is awarded 0.
If the game is tied after regulation, a standard 5 on 5 “sudden victory” overtime period will be played. No points are awarded after a regulation tie.
After 65 minutes/5 on 5 overtime:
If the game ends during a 5 on 5 overtime period, the winning team will receive 3 points in the standings. The losing team is awarded 0.
If the game is tied after the 5 on 5 overtime period, each team is awarded one point in the standings. The game continues to a 3 on 3 “sudden victory” overtime period.
After 3 on 3 overtime:
If the 3 on 3 overtime period ends with a “sudden victory” the winning team receives an extra standings point for a total of 2. The losing team receives 0 for a total of 1.
If the 3 on 3 overtime periods ends with no winner, the game progresses to a single-elimination shootout.
Unlike professional and international leagues, the shootout will be single elimination, continuing until a winner is decided. For example:
Round One: Team A scores and Team B scores. The shootout will progress to round 2.
Round Two: Team A misses and Team B scores. The shootout is over, Team B is the winner.
The winning team is awarded the extra point for a total of 2. The losing team is not awarded a point, for a total of 1.
Statistics and Penalties
Statistics will be kept as normal through regulation and the 5 on 5 overtime period.
Statistics will be kept for the 3 on 3 overtime and shootout for media and analysis however they will not be counted either by the conference or nationally.
Penalties that occur in the 3 on 3 period or shootout will be enforced as normal (a 4 on 3 or 5 on 3 advantage will be awarded in the 3 on 3 overtime depending on the number of penalties taken) however will not count toward a team’s statistics by the conference or nationally with exception to game misconducts.
A game misconduct or disqualification penalty committed during the 3 on 3 overtime or shootout will be recorded at 5:00 minutes of the 5 on 5 overtime period and will be counted by the conference and NCAA.