Tournament Rules:

**ONLY players from the team’s Approved USA Hockey Roster can be used in the tournament games.**

  • Anyone assessed a game misconduct penalty is required to sit their next tourney game.
  • Penalty Breakdown Minor 1:30 min, Major 4:00 min, Misc 7:30 min.

SQUIRT Game Procedures:

  • All teams will go on the ice for a 3 minute warm up and stay on to start the game.
  • There will be no time outs during round robin. 1 time out per team during the Championship game.
  • There will be no overtime for the qualifying round.
  • Play-off overtime will be 3 on 3 plus goalies (similar to the NHL format), for 5 minutes running time. If a penalty is taken, the teams play 4 on 3.  If a 2nd penalty is taken before the first penalty expires, the on-ice strength will be 5 on 3. At no time will a team have fewer than 3 skaters on the ice during the OT period.  If still tied a shootout will follow with 5 shooters from each team. If tied after 5 shooters a sudden death shootout will continue until only 1 of the players’ scores.
  • Maximum goal differential for any game is six goals. In determining goal differential, any game won by more than a 6 goal margin, will count only as a 6 goal win.

Standings & Seedings:

  • All results and Standings will be updated on www.valleyrinks.com (Click on the Bruins Tourney Banner)

Tie Breaking Rules to Determine Standings Position

If two or more teams have an equal number of points, their position in the standings shall be determined by the following tiebreaking format. If one tie-breaker establishes a position for one or more teams, each team is placed in the applicable position. Once a team is placed, the remaining tied teams shall start the tiebreaking process over again at step 1(If all tied teams have not played each other, then proceed to step 2. Note: a team may go into the tiebreaking process having defeated another of the tied teams and still not advance).

The tie-breaker formulas are as follows:

1. The results of the HEAD to HEAD games played between the tied teams in the following order:

a.  Most points.

b.  Most wins.

c.  Goal Differential

d.  Fewest Goals Against

2If after applying the formulas of 1 a, b, c, d the tie still exists, the results of ALL the games played by the teams tied in the following order:

a.  Most Points

b.  Most Wins

c.  Goal Differential

d.  Fewest Goals Against

3.  If above procedure does not break the tie, a coin toss will be used