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Rules Committee Tables 4-on-4 OT Proposal, Coach's Challenge Approved

CHN Staff Report

The NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee tabled its proposal for a change in NCAA ice hockey overtime format on Wednesday before the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel could discuss whether or not to approve it.

The PROP was scheduled to discuss the proposal during a teleconference on Wednesday. If approved, overtime would have been changed to a five-minute 4-on-4 period.

The coaches voted on the OT proposal during the annual AHCA convention in Naples, Florida this past April, and the coaching body opposed the change by a 50-10 vote. However, the proposal was still sent through by the rules committee. 

This comes on the heels of the Big Ten withdrawing its proposal on age limits this past April, on the same day the NCAA Legislative Council was to vote on it.

The overtime rules will remain unchanged for the 2016-17 season, however the PROP did approve the use of a five-minute 3-on-3 period, followed by a shootout, for conference standings if leagues wanted to adopt that format. The 3-on-3 period and shootout would take place after the standard five-minute 5-on-5 period, if the game remained tied.

The proposal would not have affected postseason tournament games, including conference and NCAA championships, which would continue to use a five-on-five, sudden-death overtime format played in 20-minute periods.

“As part of the rules process, the committee has been gathering input from our membership on all of our proposals, including this issue,” Tom Anastos, the committee chair and men’s ice hockey coach at Michigan State University. said in a press release. “While there remains support for some change to our current system, the committee believes that the best course of action at this time is to pause for at least another season to allow for more dialogue, examination and consideration to occur.”

The PROP did approve a new coach's challenge rule, which will allow coaches to challenge a goal on the basis of offisides or too many men on the ice. Coaches will not be allowed to challenge in the final two minutes of a game or in overtime. Officials can review offsides in the final two minutes of a game and all overtime periods.

In postseason tournaments, all aspects of the video replay criteria will be used and a challenge will not be required.

Finally, the panel approved a new rule that requires all officials and players to wear helmets whenever they are on the ice, with the exception of during the national anthem.

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