One of the most entertaining parts of a hockey game has been removed from all American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III games. The shootout will no longer be used to determine the outcome of a game if still tied after a 5-minute sudden death overtime. The new rule took effect at the beginning of this season.
Games tied after regulation play will move on to the 5-minute overtime and if the game remains tied after OT, it will be recorded to the ACHA as a Tie. South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference Commissioner Kenny “Sarge” Day said, “Hockey Conferences such as the SECHC were given the option to use the shootout to determine a winner for Conference standings only and we have voted to keep the shootout for ‘same division SECHC games’ only.”
Sarge elaborated on the new rule change, “As an example, if two west division SECHC teams are playing each other, or if two east division SECHC teams are playing each other and the game remains tied after OT, those teams will proceed to a 3-player shootout to determine the winner of the game. The results will be used for the SECHC divisional standings only and will still be reported to the ACHA for D3 rankings purposes as a Tie.”
Sarge went on to say, “The shootout will not be used if a west division SECHC team is playing an east division SECHC team and the game is tied after the 5-minute OT.”