The college hockey rules changes are finalized.
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved several changes that will go into effect immediately and will be in play for the 2020-21 season. The changes, which are allowed to occur every other year, made their way through despite the coronavirus pandemic, which forced all meetings to occur online.
Here are five things to know about the changes.
1. Overtime becomes 3x3
You won't see five-on-five hockey in overtime in college hockey anymore -- until the playoffs.
Regular-season games that are tied at the end of regulation will go straight into a five-minute, three-on-three session. Statistics recorded in the three-on-three will count on regular-season totals and any result in the three-on-three will be classified as a win or a loss.
Three-on-three overtime victories will not be worth as much in the RPI as five-on-five winners, though. The formula will have to be decided by a championships committee. The most commonly talked-about formula is 55 percent value for a three-on-three overtime win and 45 percent value for an overtime loss, instead of 100 and zero.
Once the playoffs begin, overtimes will be 20-minute periods of five-on-five.
2. Shootouts will be for league points
If nobody scores in the five-minute, three-on-three overtime, the game will officially go down as a tie. However, each league has the option of using a three-person shootout for conference points only.
The National Collegiate Hockey Conference will be using the shootout for league points.
3. Spin-o-rama move banned
The 360-degree, spin-o-rama move won't be allowed in the shootout or on penalty shots.
No UND player has used it in a shootout, but two have used it during game action -- instances in which it will still be allowed. Shane Gersich scored a three-on-three overtime goal winner on a spin-o-rama move against Denver in November 2016, while Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson did it on a breakaway against rival Minnesota in February 2011.
4. New faceoff protocol
There will be two changes to faceoff protocol.
The attacking team will get to choose the side of the ice for the faceoff after a penalty is called or after an icing.
Also, instead of tossing players out of the faceoff circle for a faceoff violation, the official will instead give a warning. A second violation will result in a two-minute bench minor penalty for delay of game.
Committee members felt that rule change would speed up the pace of play in the game.
5. Handshakes won't be mandated
Handshakes at the end of each game will no longer be mandated.
Instead, the NCAA will leave it up to each conference to decide how to proceed with the handshake.
The NCHC has not yet announced how it will handle handshakes.