The Mack Report

Hockey East will not adopt 4-on-4 overtime

Hockey East will not adopt the optional 4-on-4 overtime format the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel recently approved at individual conference’s discretion.

The 5-on-5 format, which will remain in Hockey East, is considered the default format by the NCAA. However, individual conferences — or non-conference games where the teams mutually agree — can use the 4-on-4 format.

The oversight panel acknowledged that the 4-on-4 format is the default for the National Hockey League, however, it said that the NCAA hockey community had not reached a consensus on the best approach.