The League has announced that from Thursday, the 15th of December, regular season matches in the Kontinental Hockey League, Youth Hockey League and Women’s Hockey League which are tied at the end of regulation time will progress to an overtime period contested by teams of three skaters and one goaltender. The new 3-on-3 format echoes that which will be used in the IIHF World Hockey Championship, May of 2017.
Under the new rules, tied games which finish with the teams at even strength - be it 5-on-5, 4-on-4, 3-on-3 - will start the overtime period in the 3-on-3 format. Games which finish with the teams at 5-on-3 will begin overtime at 5-on-3, but in the event of the final hooter sounding when the teams are 5-on-4, then overtime shall commence with a 4-on-3 arrangement. If a player earns a penalty during the overtime period, the opposing team will have a 4-on-3 advantage.
The changes were agreed upon at a KHL board meeting held in Moscow on Wednesday, the 14th of December.