AHL changes OT rules for next season

By wbng sports

July 11, 2014 Updated Jul 11, 2014 at 2:18 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The American Hockey League has instituted several new rule changes for the 2014-15 season. The most notable being a change in the overtime rules.

Instead of a five minute overtime period, there will now be a seven minute sudden death OT period.

Here are some of the new rules for OT:

- During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be seven minutes (7:00) in length, preceded by a “dry scrape” of the entire ice surface.
- Teams will change ends at the start of overtime.
- Full playing strength will be 4-on-4 until the first whistle following three minutes of play (4:00 remaining), at which time full strength will be reduced to 3-on-3 for the duration of the overtime period.
- If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.

The AHL also made two other rule changes for next season.

There will be an automatic game misconduct applied to any player who has been assessed two major penalties for fighting or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game.

A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play will be assessed a penalty unless he either leaves the ice, or puts his helmet back on right away.

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