Prince Albert, SK – The Prince Albert Raiders are pleased to announce that following regulation in Friday night’s game against the Regina Pats, teams will play a five-minute overtime period using the new 3-on-3 format – regardless of the score at the end of regulation.
The Western Hockey League announced the overtime rule change at the season opening media conference on Monday in Regina. Similar to the NHL, the WHL will adopt a three-on-three overtime format during the regular season. If two teams are tied following regulation time, a two-minute break will be followed by five minutes of overtime where teams will be permitted to use only three skaters and a goaltender each when at even strength. As in previous years, if two teams remain tied after the five minute overtime period, a shootout will be used to determine the winner.
On Friday night, the Raiders and Pats will play the five-minute overtime period without sudden death, meaning overtime will continue even if a goal is scored. This will provide players, coaches, management and on-ice officials an opportunity to test the new format in advance of its introduction to regular-season play.