Just to clarify there will be no shootouts in the playoffs until the Championship games. All divisions will play a round robin format (some divisions are six teams and the schedule is weighted in favour of the higher placing teams). The tiebreak scenario will be similar to the regular season.
A couple of issues have come up related to the ARL style of play and the ARL spirit so once again we need to revisit the Five Goal Differential and Hotdogging rule.
The Five Goal Differential
In the interest of fairness and sportsmanship, no team may score more than 5 goals more than their opponent at any time. Any goals scored after that maximum will not be counted or recorded. Any goal scored when a team is down by five goals will simply not count. We ask that stronger teams try to help make the game even out as best they can or at least stop scoring.
In order to stay current with rule changes that Hockey Canada made this year, the ARL will similarly be adopting the “NHL” rule for faceoffs when a penalty is assessed. That is, when a team will be short-handed when play resumes, the faceoff will be in that team’s defending zone. (Rule 4.13)
Thank you to the many ARL players who joined us last night at Pub 21 for the party to close out the 2017/18 Fall/Winter season. There are a lot of people to thank for a great event last night and for a fun season.
It all starts with the drop of the puck so we want to say thank to the referees who do such a good job maintaining order and keeping the ARL games running smoothly. Their unique approach also keeps things light (most of the time). The ARL refs are a great group of people and they are truly a part of the league. They are appreciated.
Next, we would like to thank the timekeepers who show up week after week and sit in cold arena to run the clock. It may look easy but they do it well. For many, it is their first job. They are learning as they go and they are doing it for us. We are lucky to have them. A special thanks to Bruce Johnson for coordinating this group. Continue reading “End of Winter 2017-18 – Thank You”→