The top eight teams in the conference will qualify for the NESCAC Men's Ice Hockey Championship. Quarterfinal round games will be conducted on Saturday, February 23 with the semifinals and championship games conducted on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3, respectively. The tournament champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.
Format if Men and Women are Playing at the Same Site
Preliminary Round: If both a men's and a women's first round game are being played at the same site, both games shall be played on Saturday with scheduled start times of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. In odd years, the men's game will be played first, and in even years, the women's game will be played first.
Semifinal and Championship Round: If both the men's and women's semifinals and finals are being played at the same site, one of the championships will be conducted Friday evening and Saturday evening. In odd years, the men's games will be played on Friday/Saturday (with game times of 4:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) with the women's games played Saturday/Sunday (with game times of 12:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.). In even years, the women's games will be played on Friday/Saturday (with game times of 4:00 p.m./7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.) with the men's games played Saturday/Sunday (with game times of 12:30 p.m./3:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.).
Seeding will be based on final conference standings after double round robin play. The top four seeds will host quarterfinal games with the number one seed drawing the number 8 seed, the 7th seed will play at the 2nd seed, the 6th seed will play at the 3rd seed, and the 5th seed will play at the 4th seed. Teams will be re-bracketed, with the highest remaining seed after quarterfinal action hosting both the semifinal and final rounds.
Pairings will be announced Saturday, February 17.
Tie Breaking Procedures
Ties will be broken as follows:
Head-to-head result (if teams play each other more than once during the regular season, the game that appears on the league schedule will be the game that is counted).
If teams tied during the regular season, or there is a 3-way or more tie, the following tie breaking procedure will be used:
- Best record among tying teams, against one another (head-to-head).
- Most conference wins (in games that are part of the conference schedule and count toward league standings).
- Comparison of results of conference games played against top 4 teams (including all teams at the 4th spot).
- Comparison of results of conference games played against top 8 teams (including all teams at the 8th spot).
- Comparison of results of conference games played against conference teams in rank order.
- Comparisons shall be made one team at a time starting with the highest ranked team.
- If the tie remains after comparing results against the highest ranked team, the results against the next team in rank order shall be used. This process is continued until a winner is determined.
- Coin flip (or similar random action involving all tied teams).
Note: In case of ties among three or more schools, the criteria above will be applied in order until a team is (or teams are) separated. At that point, the process begins anew (returning to the first criteria) with the remaining teams. The process is continued until the tie is eventually broken. In cases where only a random action will break the tie of three or more teams, the random action will be applied to all teams involved in the tie. For example, if three teams are tied and only a random action (pulling names out of a hat) will break the tie, each name will be pulled and seeded in order of being pulled. Also, in the event that there are two (or more) groups of teams tied at different spots in the standings and the only criteria left that can be used to break those ties is a coin flip/random action, the coin flip/random action used to break the tie of one group (to put teams in rank order) will not affect the tie breaking procedures of the other group(s) of tied teams.