2021 Mini Chowder Cup Rules
Two Divisions (2007 & 2008 Birthyears)
- All teams will play four games within their brackets
- All round robin games will consist of two 20 minute stop-time periods with a three (3) minute warm up.
- Only the winner of each bracket will advance to the playoff rounds on Sunday except for the Elite Brackets in which both the first and second place teams advance.
- There is NO Sudden Death during the first four regular rounds of play.
- All Playoff games will consist of one (1) twenty-five minute stop-time period. If games are tied at the end of playoff rounds, a 5 minute sudden death period will take place. Teams will play in a 3 on 3 format. If nothing is resolved after 5 minutes, a shootout will take place. The shootout format will consist of the first five (5) players designated by each coach who will shoot until one team has a goal advantage. If it is still tied, the SAME five shooters will shoot again in same order. We would now be in Sudden Death. In sudden death, if the first team scores, the second team will always get their last shot to try to tie the game. If the first team misses, and the second team scores, the game is over. If nothing is resolved after the second time around, then coaches must pick a 6th, 7th, etc. shooter to try and resolve the game. This number will go up to as many skaters as there are on the bench for a team. But, if a team has 15 skaters for example, and the other team has 18 skaters, after the 15th shooter, both teams would go back to their very first shooter.
All games will be played by NCAA Rules with the following exceptions:
- Automatic Icing – No Hybrid
- Teams are allowed to change on icings
- Checking is allowed in both Divisions
- Minor Penalties are 1.5 minutes each
- Coincidental Minors- Teams play 5-5
- Each team is allowed 1 time out
**If a player has been removed from the game for a 5 minute Major Penalty, no player has to serve in the box. The team plays short a man, and when the five minutes are up, they go full strength. They just won’t have their man coming from the penalty box. All Minor Penalties have to be served. Any player(s) involved in a fight will be removed from the rest of the game and a decision will be made by the Tournament Director, the Head of Officials, and discussion with both coaches, to determine if that player will be allowed to play in his next game.
**The clock will continue to run during a fighting altercation and only allowed to be stopped within the last five minutes of a game due to referee’s discretion.
**Any player protest must be stated and addressed prior to the start of the game through our Timer or On-Site-Site Director to make a determination. Once a game begins, you cannot protest a player. All teams are required to have two goaltenders dressed for all games. If a team only has one goaltender dressed the team is not penalized. However if that goaltender is unable to continue play due to injury or otherwise, the team is NOT allowed to borrow a goaltender from the other team, from in the stands, or dress another player not in goaltenders equipment. The game would become an IMMEDIATE FORFEIT and the score will remain as it stands. Also, you cannot put 6 skaters on the ice without a goaltender. The game is OVER. Once a player plays his first game with a team, that is his team for the tournament and he cannot play for anyone else. A player must also play in at least one game in the first 4 rounds for his team in order to play in the playoff rounds on Sunday. NO exceptions.
**If a Coach has two teams, and brings a player up from a lower Division, that player can be challenged as well.
How to Advance to Sunday’s Playoff Rounds:
The winners of each bracket are determined in the following manner:
- Best Record
- Least Goals Against. Example, if two teams are tied at 2-1, the team that has the LEAST GOALS AGAINST advances. Even if you beat the team that is tied at 2-1 with you. Least Goals Against Counts First.
- Plus/Minus Ratio- Goals For vs. Goals Against
- Head on Competition
- Flip a Coin