2018-19 ACHA Regular Season
Overtime and Shootout Requirements
If the score is tied at the end of three regulation periods, the following shall take place:
1. There shall be a two-minute intermission.
2. Goalies will switch ends for overtime period
3. A five-minute period shall be played.
4. The team that scores first wins and the game is ended. If a goal is not scored in the five-minute period, refer to divisional rules.
5. New 2018-2019: By ACHA policy, 4 on 4 is approved ACHA play for the five-minute overtime period (ACHA rule, Part Three, Article II, Section 1B (2018)). (Refer to divisional notes below for additional information).
If either team declines to play in the necessary overtime period, the game shall be declared a loss for that team.
Goalies will switch ends for overtime period.
If shoot-out is used, goalies will switch ends returning to their home-bench end.
4-on-4 OT Note 1:
When regulation time ends and the teams are 5-on-4, teams will start overtime 5-on-4. Once player strength reaches 5-on-5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4-on-4
4-on-4 OT Note 2:
When regulation time ends and the teams are 5-on-3, teams will start overtime 5-on-3. Once player strength reaches 5-on-4 or 5-on-5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4-on-3 or 4-on-4 or 3-on-3 as appropriate.
4-on-4 OT Note 3:
When regulation ends and teams are 4-on-4 teams will start overtime 3-on-3.
4-on-4 OT Note 4:
At no time will a team have less than three players on the ice. This may require a fifth skater to be added if a two-man advantage occurs. Once player strength reaches 5-on-4 or 5-on-5, at the next stoppage of play, player strength is adjusted to 4-on-3 or 4-on-4 or 3-on-3, as appropriate.
Men's Division 3:
Overtime required 4-on-4 (ACHA rule, Part Six, Article III, Section 1C).
If the game remains tied at the end of the five-minute overtime, the game shall be recorded as a tie for the purpse of ACHA D3 rankings.
League conferences may adopt rules to allow shootout.
When two SECHC teams play each other, the game is reported as a tie to the ACHA if no one scores in the 4 on 4, 5 minute OT. But, if SECHC teams are playing each other, they can then use a 3-man shootout to determine a winner for SECHC standings only. SECHC standings use WINS and LOSSES only, no tie our OTL.