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College men's hockey: Shootouts likely coming to NCHC

The National Collegiate Hockey Conference is leaning heavily toward using shootouts in its debut season, according to the Grand Forks Herald.

The point system reportedly would award three points for a win in regulation or overtime, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss and no points for a regulation loss. The Herald says the league is considering giving teams a point for losing in overtime such as the NHL does.

The NCHC features eight teams, including Minnesota Duluth, which opens the regular season with a home series against Michigan Tech on Oct. 11-12.

The Western Collegiate Hockey Association, which the Bulldogs left after last season, did not use shootouts.

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