FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. – The Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) announces that effective at the beginning of conference play this season, a regulation time or overtime victory will be worth three points in the league standings.
During the 2009-10 season, a regulation or sudden-death overtime win will earn a team three points in the standings, a shootout victory will garner two points, a shootout loss will be rewarded by one point, and a loss in regulation or overtime will mean no points. So, any game that goes to a shootout will see the victor credited with a tie and a shootout win in the conference standings, while the loser will receive credit for a tie.
This differs from the system utilized in 2008-09, where a regulation/overtime victory and a shootout win meant two points, a shootout loss gave a team one point and a regulation/overtime loss was awarded with no points.
This new system was put into place to give team’s greater incentive to earn a victory in regulation or during the five-minute overtime period than winning in a shootout, but teams that perform well in shootouts will still have a clear advantage.
Like last year, CCHA league games that are decided in a shootout will go down as a tie in the overall national rankings and have no bearing on a team’s Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) come NCAA tournament time. Additionally, a shootout will again not be used to decide games during the CCHA Tournament, with the exception of the third-place game at Joe Louis Arena.
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