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Published June 09, 2011, 03:34 PM

Shootouts Might Become Part of ND Prep Hockey

Shootouts might become a part of North Dakota high school hockey games that end in a tie.

By: Associated Press,

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Shootouts might become a part of North Dakota high school hockey games that end in a tie.

The state's hockey coaches advisory committee is recommending shootouts be implemented for regular-season boys and girls games starting with the upcoming season. The Forum newspaper reports that the state High School Activities Association could decide at its board meeting later this month.

Shootouts involve individual players trying to score one-on-one against the opposing goaltender. They would occur after regulation and an overtime period. Details on how they would be structured have not been finalized.

The National Hockey League adopted shootouts in the regular season in 2005-06. Some college hockey conferences also use the format. The Forum reports that only a handful of states use it for high school games.

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