SUPERIOR, Wis -- The WIAA Board of Control recently passed new overtime rules for the upcoming hockey season.
Starting in the fall of 2020, regular season overtime games will consist of eight minutes of sudden-victory overtime. If neither team scores, they will head into a five minute period of 3-on-3 hockey. The game will end in a tie if neither team scores.
For playoff games, they will play 5-on-5 overtime for 25 minutes, before going to 4-on-4 and eventually 3-on-3.
Superior boys hockey coach Jason Kalin says he is excited for the new twist that this will bring to regular season games, but is skeptical about the use of 3-on-3 in the playoffs.
"You know I love watching it in pro hockey. It's so dynamic, and it's just so unpredictable. I don't know how I feel about it ending a playoff game, or a season ending game, in terms of like a championship," said Kalin.
"You know you look back, was it Duluth East-Apple Valley had one of the longest games in Minnesota history. Just those things are like, you cherish those, and that's the hard part for me. I think a game like that, with that much meaning, should be ended 5-on-5 rather than 3-on-3, but it sure would make for some exciting hockey."
Kalin has not yet heard any reaction from his players, as they are currently stuck away from in-person team activity due to the COVID-19 pandemic.