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The shootout is a terrible gimmick that has run its course.
The ridiculous point system now in place in the CCHA points to the second class management in charge of this league.
Switch it back to bring back the integrity to the game and the league standings.
The league leadership should put it back to playing a 5 minute overtime during the regular season and leave it at that with a well earned tie if both teams cannot decide it.
I personally don't have a problem with the use of a shootout to break a tie. Remember the shootout result is only used within the CCHA. For NCAA purposes the game is still considered a tie, not a win or a loss.
Then again, I'm also glad to have the shootouts because I hated seeing so many ties in the standings. I don't mind teams that have 2, 3, 4 ties in conference play for the season... it's going to happen. But when teams get 7 ties in a year? That's all they're doing is just playing for the free point. One quarter of their season was pi**ed away earning ties.
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The NCAA announced that effective immediately, it will adopt a variation of the ice hockey shootout used by the CCHA, hosts of the 2010 Frozen Four.
The changes to the CCHA's protocol were intended to address concerns voiced by several groups including players, fans, and the TV media.
Under the revised protocol, the shootout would begin at the conclusion of 60 minutes of regulation play--there would be no overtime--in order to determine an outcome quickly enough to accommodate TV broadcast schedules.
Secondly, fan complaints about poor sightlines will be addressed by the use of the NCAA's new "large venue" net. The "large venue" net is another NCAA innovation that will be the standard game net for all Division-I games played outdoors and in other non-traditional arenas beginning with the 2010-2011 season. As a bonus, the new net negates the argument that the shootout is nothing more than a "skills competition," since hitting a net that large takes almost no skill.
Lastly, to address the criticism of the outcome of a team sport being decided by individuals, the new shootout rules allow the defending team to put as many skaters as are available into the crease.
An NCAA spokesperson was quoted as saying "We're certainly hoping that at least a couple of the games in the 2010 Frozen Four will be decided by shootout--especially the championship game. It would be a fitting tribute the the CCHA, the hosts of the tournament and the conference that brought the shootout to college hockey. And we know the fans couldn't be more excited about it."
Photo credit: NCAA Labs
If they do away with the shootout, get rid of the 5x5 ot session. Go to 4x4. The few people on here that don't like it, isn't exactly a great view of the general population of hockey fans. I bet if you polled the general fan in arenas across the CCHA this season, the vast majority would vote to keep it. At the CC, fans are on their feet, and that building is loud during a shoot out.
All that was left, then, was for the Nanooks to celebrate with their fans. And for the Seawolves to get one last earful of the rowdies from Fairbanks.
"I've got a lot of expletives I'd like to use,'' Fournier said, slumped in his locker room stall. "It's very embarrassing when you're playing on your home ice and they have more fans and they're louder.
"We might as well have played the games in Fairbanks.''
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