Sometimes 60 minutes isn’t enough.

 

That’s why they play overtime in hockey. In the National Hockey League, if a team loses in the overtime session it’s still awarded one — sometimes valuable — point. But it’s different in the college game.

 

Compensation for getting to the extra frame in a college match is being debated. The University of Alaska Anchorage is among the teams that would like to see changes to the format. Currently, teams tied after 60 minutes play a five-minute overtime.

 

“Right now, to be rewarded in college hockey, you have to survive 65 minutes, to get a point,” said UAA head coach Matt Thomas. “If you don’t survive 65 minutes, they could score with six seconds in overtime. It’s like you lost the game. Why play the overtime?”

 

The NCAA is considering modifications to the current system. Instead of the traditional 5-on-5 skaters to begin the overtime, the rules committee is proposing to open the ice with a 4-on-4 configuration, increasing the chances of a game-winning goal.

 

Fewer skaters means a wider ice space. If no one scores after the first overtime, the game would move to double overtime with 3-on-3 skaters plus the goalies. If there’s still no winner, it’s on to a shootout.

 

“I think it needs to happen, I’ll be honest with you,” Thomas said.

 

The NCAA will meet on July 20 to discuss the proposed modifications.

 

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