A. DVHL rules will be followed for playoff games.
B. Ice Slot Times: All slots will be 1.5 hours with no curfew
C. A two-man system will be used at all levels or as changed by membership vote
1. In the case of a tie game, there will be sudden-death overtime utilizing the following format:
2. Five (5) minutes stop time four-on-four
3. Five (5) minutes stop time three-on-three
E. Any skater on the roster may be used.
F. Changing on the fly is permitted.
G. Goaltenders do not change ends during the overtime periods or shootout.
H. There will be a thirty (30) second break at the end of each two five (5) minute overtime periods to allow for player change-over.
I. Any unexpired penalty incurred in the third period will carry over into the overtime period. Any player assessed a penalty in either of the overtime periods will not be allowed to participate in the shootout. Major penalties will be served by any other member of the penalized team, excluding a goaltender.
J. All penalty shot infractions and USA Hockey playing rules are in effect during the overtime periods.
K. Any unexpired penalty incurred in the overtime period will carry over into the next overtime period.
3. If a penalty is assessed in the three-on-three overtime period, play shall resume as a four-on-three.
a) At the expiration of the penalty, the teams shall play four-on-four.
b) At the first stoppage after the power play ends, the play will resume as three-on-three.
c) If a bench minor is assessed during the three-on-three period, a penalty shot is awarded to the non-offending team.
d) If a goalie receives a penalty during the three-on-three period, a penalty shot is awarded to the non-offending team.
e) If a second penalty is awarded while a team is playing shorthanded then a penalty shot is awarded except where coincidental penalties are assessed.
L. If at the end of the two (2) overtime periods a tie still exists, there shall be a shoot-out.
1. Five (5) players from each team shall participate.
2. Players must be indicated on the scoresheet prior to the start of the game.
3. Visiting team will shoot first.
4. Winner is based on total goals scored after all players have had their turn.
M. If still tied after the first round, there shall be a sudden death shoot out. Teams can use the same shooters from the first round shoot out.
N. No protest of playing rules or official calls shall be permitted.
O. Time-outs are not permitted during the overtime periods.
P. All games are to be played at one rink and the total cost of the playoffs including referee fees and ice time will be billed to all clubs based on the number of teams they have participating in the league (including petitioned teams).
Q. In DVHL Playoffs, all games will be played until there is a winner as described above.
R. Use of all noise makers are prohibited during DVHL Playoffs