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League Rules


DVCHC Playing Rules & Eligibility / Constitution & By-Laws

During ACHA home games, if at the end of the three (3) regular twenty (20) minute periods, the score shall be tied, the teams will then play an additional overtime period of not more than five (5) minutes with the team scoring first declared the winner. The overtime period shall be played with each team at a numerical strength of four (4) skaters and one (1) goalkeeper.

Additional penalties to be assessed consistent with the rules in regulation time.

(Note 1) If a team is penalized in overtime, teams play 4-3.

(Note 2) In overtime, if a team is penalized such that a two-man advantage is called for, then the offending team will remain at three (3)skaters while the non-offending team will be permitted the fifth skater.

(Note 3) At the first stoppage of play after the two man advantage is no longer in effect, the numerical strength of the team will revert back to either 4 on 4 or a 4-3 situation, as appropriate.

(Note 4) If there is a man power advantage situation which carries over from Regulation time to overtime, the above criteria will be applied at the start of overtime. Accordingly, if at the end of regulation time, the teams are 5 on 4, overtime begins at 4 on 3.

(Note 5) The overtime period will be commenced immediately following two (2) minute rest period during which the players will remain on the ice. The teams will not change ends for the overtime period.

(Note 6) When the regulation ends with an on-ice manpower strength of 5 on 3, teams will commence action, player strength may get to 5 on 5 or 5 on 4. At the first stoppage of play following, player strength must be adjusted to 4 on 4 or 4 on 3.

(Note 7) If at the end of regulation time, teams are 3 on 3, overtime starts at 3 on 3. Once player strength reaches 5 on 4 or 5 on 5, at the next stoppage, player strength is adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4, as appropriate.

(Note 8) If at the end of regulation time, teams are 4 on 4 with a player or players in the box serving non-coincidental penalties, overtime starts 4 on 4 and players exit the penalty box as normal to 5 on 4 or 5 on 5. At the first stoppage of play, teams are adjusted to 4 on 3 or 4 on 4, as appropriate.