Prince George, B.C. – Fans attending Saturday night’s preseason game against the Kamloops Blazers will be treated to five minutes of extra hockey, regardless of the final score. The Prince George Cougars in conjunction with the Western Hockey League announced Thursday that a full five minute three-on-three overtime period will be played at the conclusion of Saturday’s Prince George Cougars and Kamloops Blazers game at the CN Centre.
Per the WHL’s announcement Monday, this season the WHL will model the NHL’s three-on-three overtime format during the regular season. If two teams are tied following 60 minutes of regulation time, a two-minute break will take place, followed by five minutes of ‘sudden death’ overtime where both teams will use three skaters and a goaltender when at even strength. If the teams are still tied after overtime, a shootout will take plate to determine a winner.
Saturday though will be different as the full five minutes of overtime will take place regardless of whether a goal has been scored. There will not be a shootout under any circumstances. This will provide players, coaches, management and off-ice officials the opportunity to test and understand the new format in advance of the 2015-16 WHL regular season.