ZERO, ONE OR THREE POINTS?
The tournament is conducted in accordance with the regulations of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). In addition, two changes of the National Hockey League NHL were applied to 2015: The «Coach's Challenge» as well as 3-on-3 overtime. The ranking results according to the highest number of points.
The winning team after 60 minutes of regulation time will be awarded three (3) points. In case of a tie at the end of regulation time, each team gets one (1) point. The winning team in overtime or after game winning shots gets one (1) extra point.
In case of two or more teams having the same number of points, the following criteria will apply in the order stated:
a) Higher number of points from direct encounters
b) Better goal difference from both group games
c) Higher number of scored goals from both group games
d) If criteria A to C still do not lead to inequality, the better goal difference from direct encounters of involved teams is decisive
e) If criteria A to D still do not lead to inequality, the higher number of scored goals from direct en- counters of involved teams is decisive
f) By drawing lots
If a game is tied after 60 minutes, overtime of five minutes will be played immediately after a break of three minutes. Both teams are to defend the same goal as they defended during the third period. Assuming no ongoing penalties after 60 minutes, both teams go new into overtime with four players including the goalkeeper. The game ends after five minutes or as soon as a goal is scored (sudden death). The first team to score wins the game. If no goal is scored during overtime, there will be game winning shots. Should a team refuse to play overtime, the game will be declared lost by that team.
Procedure of game winning shots to determine the winner of the game
If a game is still tied at the end of a “sudden death”-overtime, game winning shots take place immediately. The centre of the ice will be dry-cleaned with the ice-cleaning machine. Each team appoints three players who are listed on the roster to take the shots. Any player whose penalty had not been completed at the end of the “sudden death”-overtime is not eligible for game winning shots and must remain in the penalty box or in the changing rooms. Also players serving penalties imposed during game winning shots must remain in the penalty box or in the changing rooms until the end of the procedure.
The referee will call the two captains to the centre of the ice and flip a coin to determine which team takes the first shot. The winner of the coin toss may choose whether his team will shoot first or second. The goalkeepers shall defend the same goal as in overtime. The goalkeepers may be substituted after each shot. The shots will be taken in accordance with rule 509 of the IIHF Official Rule Book. The players of both teams will take the shots alternately until a decisive goal is scored. The remaining shots will not be taken.
In such a high-speed sport, the option of video reviews is widely accepted amongst the players. Coaches now have a “coach’s challenge”. This challenge leads to a video review and is limited to the following two scenarios:
• An offside play leads to a goal
• Interference on the goalkeeper
A coach’s challenge is only possible, if the timeout has not been used yet. If the coach’s challenge is successful, the coach retains the option to challenge again. If the call is not reversed, the coach will not receive another chance to review a play and loses his timeout.