College men's hockey: Shootouts likely coming to NCHC

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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.