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)