OHL Playoff Tie-Breaker Policy
OHL PLAYOFF POSITION TIE-BREAKER POLICY
At the conclusion of the regular season schedule, if there is a tie for other than last playoff position, the standing of the teams in each Conference shall be determined by the following tie-breaking procedure:
- The team with the greater number of regular and overtime wins during the regular season shall be declared higher in the standings. (Shootout wins are not included.)
- If two teams are still tied, the team with the best record in head-to-head competition (based on points including overtime and shootout losses) shall be declared higher in the standing.
If more than two teams remain tied after Priority 1, the percentage of available points earned in games among the teams which are still tied shall be used to determine the standing.
- If still tied, the team with the greater differential between goals scored for and against by clubs having equal standing under Priority 2 shall be declared higher in the standings.
Note: For application of this clause, it is understood that the season totals for goals for and against shall be applied which includes the goal credited to the total goals for / against record for the team based on a shootout win / loss.
- If still tied, the team with the higher percentage of goals for plus goals against divided into goals for shall be declared higher in standings.
Tie for Last Playoff Position
At the conclusion of the regular season, if there is a tie for the last playoff position, the standing of the team’s playoff position shall be determined by the following tie-breaking procedure:
Between Two Teams – A sudden-death game shall be played between the two teams with the winner being declared higher in the standings. Such game is to be played on Tuesday, March 28th at one of the two teams centres with such centre to be determined by the OHL tie-breaking method.