2007 World Junior Hockey Championship
I haven't seen this info posted anywhere, but as we approach the end of the round-robin portion of the tournament, the tie-break format is what everyone's going to be asking about.
After rummaging around some IIHF documents I've got handy, here's what I've come up with:
The tie-breaking system for two teams with the same number of points in a standing will be the game between the two teams, the winner of the game taking precedence.Sounds simple enough. Since there are no longer ties in the tournament, it'll never be the case that the teams tied in the standings played to a tie, and the only other case where additional tie-breakers are needed is in the case of a three-way tie:
Should three or more teams be tied, then a tie breaking formula will be applied as follows, creating a sub-group amongst the tied teams:There are actually five steps under this three-way tie scenario, but it's hard to imagine more than these two coming into play.
Step 1: Taking into consideration the games between each of the tied teams, a sub-group is created applying the goal difference in the direct games amongst the tied teams.
Step 2: Should the teams still remain tied then the highest number of goals scored by these teams in their direct games will be decisive.