2017 Big Ten Men's Ice Hockey Tournament Tiebreaking Procedures


Seeding for the Big Ten Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament shall be determined by points accumulated in conference games.  A team shall receive three points for a win in regulation or overtime, one point for an overtime tie, and one extra point for a shootout win.  When two or more teams are tied, ties shall be broken according to the following procedure.

a)            Seeding amongst tied teams shall be determined by the greater number of Big Ten regular-season wins;

b)            If not determined by (a), seeding amongst tied teams shall be determined by the team with the best regular-season winning percentage against the other co-champion(s);

c)            If not determined by (a) or (b), seeding amongst tied teams shall be determined by the team with the fewest losses;

d)            If not determined by (a) or (b) or (c), seeding amongst tied teams shall be determined by comparison of the winning percentages of the co-champions against the remaining highest ranked Big Ten teams in conference games, successively, until the determination is accomplished or all Big Ten regular-season contests have been considered;

e)            If not determined by (a) or (b) or (c) or (d), seeding amongst tied teams shall be determined by comparison of total goals for and against each team in contests between (among) co-champion(s) in conference games.  For sake of clarity, a team’s goals-against shall be subtracted from its goals-for in order to compare;

f)             If not determined by (a) or (b) or (c) or (d) or (e), seeding amongst tied teams shall be determined by the flip of a coin.