The National Collegiate Hockey Conference has announced it will use shootouts to break ties in conference play.

Because shootouts are being used, each conference game will be worth three standings points. Three points will be awarded to any team that wins a game in regulation or overtime. One point will be awarded to each team in a game that remains tied at the conclusion of overtime, with the shootout winner earning an extra point.

Any game that uses a shootout will be officially recorded as a tie within the overall record of each team. The Pairwise ranking — a key element in determining the NCAA tournament field — will be count shootouts games as ties.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha is one of eight charter members of the NCHC. The others are Colorado College, Denver, Miami, Minnesota-Duluth, North Dakota, St. Cloud State and Western Michigan.

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