If the EIHL had a three point system…
The recent world championships in Slovakia showed us how important it is to get three points to achieve the goals you are pursuing.
So, that made us think of BIH Towers, how would you gain three points for a victory in regulation over the last five years?
As it stands, there are two points for a win, either in regulation, overtime or penalty shots, and one if you lose after 60 minutes.
But as you will see, the way the play-offs could have been shaped would be affected and, in one season, the title could have gone elsewhere.
Starting last season, the Cardiff Devils and Belfast Giants were tied at 92 points, with the Giants winning the title thanks to their victories in regulation time.
However, this extra win in 60 minutes would have allowed them to win the title of one point in what would have been another tough weekend.
At the end of the season, the Glasgow Clan was ranked fourth with the Nottingham Panthers, but with five more victories in regulation time, Pete Russell's team would have finished third and would have organized a face-off Sheffield Steelers instead of Guildford Flames.
The Steelers would have been over the Flyers in the final standings while Manchester Storm, though he still missed the top eight, would have reached a Coventry Blaze point instead of three points behind.
Four of the top five spots would have moved into a three-point system and while Cardiff Devils would have a comfortable lead, Manchester Storm would have finished third and second.
Adam Keefe, in his first season as coach of the Belfast Giants, would have been fourth, with four points ahead of the Nottingham Panthers after winning five more wins in 60 than Corey Neilson during his last season.
For the play-offs, the Braehead clan could have had a moment of "sliding doors" and slipped into the play-offs instead of Coventry Blaze, with 24 wins against 22 in regulation time. In this case, John Tripp, who left the club after this failure, may have remained in office.
This was the last season when Conference winners received preferential seedlings, which would have changed the complexion of the play-offs that took place.
Cardiff would have been champion again, but second to fifth would have been mixed, Sheffield over Belfast for second and Braehead over Nottingham in fourth.
In the play-offs, the Steelers would line up to play Fife instead of their old friends, Nottingham, who would have gone to Northern Ireland to play in Belfast.
Unfortunately, this is the only season where nothing has changed regarding the final team standings and this was the case for the ten teams that took part in this season.
Braehead had the greatest number of wins in regulation time, with 28 compared to Sheffield and 27 in Cardiff, and if they had managed to convert some of those losses into extra time or penalties, the situation would have been very good. could be different.
If you're a fan of Braehead, look away, because this is one of the two seasons of the last ten years where the title would have been played elsewhere with a three-point system.
The clan, led by Ryan Finnerty, was defeated by Sheffield Steelers, but three more wins in 60 minutes would have seen him win the title by two points.
The third team in this race, Cardiff, would have been a little more adrift, finishing five behind the champions instead of the two as they had done.
At the bottom of the scale, the Fife Flyers and Stingrays of Hull would have traded their seats, because the team of Kirkcaldy would have been right of the Stingrays on regular victories.
The other year a title would have been won elsewhere would have been in 2009-2010, when Belfast would have won again in regulation time in Coventry, both being blocked at 109 points.