The "Three to Three" format includes extensions to the preliminary and other tournament matches. In the previous championship, three players in the field had only extensions for sub-league tournaments, but in the "play-off" games, including the finals, the extra time format was "four to four".
In the list the extension will last a maximum of five minutes, but in the elimination tournament, except for the final, it is twice as long. In the event that the winner is not found in the extension, a series of slots will follow after the game.
On the other hand, in the final, if the winner is not determined in the regular playing time, there are 20-minute extensions to the first goal ports, but they do not have to be removed gobies. The expectation is that when playing "three to three" the match will be closed faster and there is no need to remove a series of slots after the game, which is sometimes considered a winning game.
The new format will take effect next year in May in Bratislava and the upcoming World Championship in Kosice.
"There are a number of reasons why we do not want long expansions in the finals, the arenas sometimes have to prepare for the next event that night and we have also heard objections from the television and the teams", concludes Francis Raindl, head of the IIHF Competition and Coordination Committee.