Sometimes 60 minutes of hockey isn’t enough. Everyone can agree on that, but how a team is rewarded for the extra work is up for debate.
A summertime proposal to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) to increase the pace of the overtime session was turned down. That would have seen a four-on-four five minute session, followed by three-on-three and then a shootout.
University of Alaska Anchorage head coach Matt Thomas said he’s hoping to see some change. He still might.
The NCAA will allow each conference — the Western Collegiate Hockey Association for UAA — to establish guidelines for overtime and shootout format. Currently, the winning team takes home all the points. Thomas said he believes if it goes beyond the 60 minutes, there should be some reward.
“They’re fun to be a part of, and it’s brutal to be on the losing end of those gimmicky games,” he said.
The Seawolves went to three overtime games last season. They beat Arizona State, lost to Ferris State and tied Penn State.