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OHSAA approves changes for high school hockey playoffs

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The OHSAA has approved a new overtime format for high school hockey after a controversial finish to this year's state championship game.

The Ohio state championship hockey game between Sylvania Northview and Cleveland St. Ignatius was called after the seventh overtime period after neither team was able to make the decisive goal. Both teams were named co-champions.

The new changes will only allow five overtime periods. The first overtime period will be 5-on-5 hockey, as usual. The next four overtimes will be played with one less player on each side. The hope with 4-on-4 hockey is to open up the ice surface and allow for a better chance of scoring. If the game is still tied at that point, they will go to a 3-person shootout. The shootout will continue until a winner is declared. Goaltenders will change ends after each overtime period and the ice will be resurfaced after every other period.

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