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Table 16 - Rule 16 - Minor Penalties
Goals Scored Against a Short-handed Team

Minor penalty expiration criteria:
a.   Is the team scored against, short-handed?
b.   Are they serving a minor penalty on the clock?
c.   If the answer is yes to a) and b), delete the minor penalty with the least amount of time on the clock, except when coincidental penalties are being served.

Ex
Time
Team A
Team B
Answer
Remarks
One player with a double minor penalty:
A1
3:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2+2
 
 
Goal
No player returns First penalty ends, the second begins at 4:30.
A2
3:00
 
5:30
A15 – 2+2
 
 
Goal
A15 returns. The first penalty has expired, the second ends with the scoring of the goal.
One player with a minor and a major penalty:
B1
3:00
 
4:30
A15 – 5+2
 
 
Goal
No penalty terminates. The major penalty must be served first.
B2
3:00
 
8:30
A15 – 5+2
 
 
Goal
A15 returns. The major penalty has expired, the minor penalty ends with the scoring of the goal.
Two players of the same team –
   combination of minor and major penalties:
C1
3:00
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns.
 
C2
3:00
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns.
 
C3
3:00
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 5
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A23 returns.
 
C4
3:00
 
4:00
 
4:30
 
 
5:30
A15 – 2+2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
No player returns.
 
A23 returns.
 
 
 
 
The first minor to A15 ends.
 
A23 returns because he has the least amount of time to serve in his minor penalty.
C5
3:00
 
(S*)
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2+2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns. The signaled double-minor penalty to A23 is assessed at 4:30.
 
* S = signaled
C6
3:00
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 5+2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A23 returns. A15 must first serve his major penalty. A23 returns as he is serving a minor penalty.
C7
3:00
 
7:30
 
8:30
A15 – 5+2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A23 returns. Least amount of time to serve.
C8
3:00
 
6:00
 
8:00
A15 – 5+2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
Both A15 and A23 return. The major penalty to A15 has expired. His minor penalty ends with the goal. A23’s minor penalty has expired.
C9
3:00
 
8:00
 
9:00
A15 – 5+2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
Captain’s choice. The major penalty to A15 has expired. Both minors terminate at the same time.
Ex
Time
Team A
Team B
Answer
Remarks
Three players of the same team –    Delayed (D) or Signaled (S) penalty (no stoppage of play):
D1
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
 
 
5:00
 
 
 
 
5:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2(D)
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
 
 
A15 returns.
 
 
A23 returns.
 
 
 
 
A6 returns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Delayed penalty to A6 begins at 4:30
 
The minor penalty to A15 is completed. The minor penalty to A6 begins.
 
Penalties to A15 and A23 are completed. The minor to A6 ends with the scoring of the goal.
D2
3:00
 
3:30
 
(S)
 
4:30
 
 
 
5:00
 
 
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
 
 
A15 returns and the penalty to A6 starts.
 
A23 returns and A6 remains in the box.
 
D3
3:00
 
3:30
 
(S)
 
4:30
A15 – 5
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A23 returns and the penalty to A6 starts.
 
D4
3:00
 
7:30
 
(S)
 
8:00
A15 – 5
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Goal

A15 and A23 return and the penalty to A6 starts.

The major penalty to A15 is completed. The minor penalty to A23 ends on the scoring of the goal.

One player from each team – combination of minors and majors:
E1
3:00
 

3:30

4:30
 
 
5:00
A15 - 2
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
No player returns.
 
A15 returns.
 
 
 
 
Teams are at equal strength.
 
His minor penalty has been completed.
E2
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
 
 
5:00
 
 
 
 
5:30
A15 – 2+2
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
No player returns.
 
No player returns.
 
 
 
A15 returns.
 
 
 
 
Teams are at equal strength.
 
The first minor to A15 is competed but teams remain at equal strength.
 
The first minor penalty to A15 and that of B12 are complete. The second minor penalty to A15 ends with the scoring of the goal.
E3
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 5+2
 
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
No player returns. Teams are at equal strength.
E4
3:00
 
7:30
 
8:00
A15 – 5+2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
No player returns. The major penalty to A15 is complete but the teams remain at equal strength.
E5
3:00
 
6:00
 
8:00
A15 – 5+2
 
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
A15 returns. The major penalty to A15 and the minor penalty to B12 have expired. The minor penalty to A15 ends on the scoring of the goal.
E6
3:00
 
3:30
 
(S)
 
4:10

A15 – 2

 
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
No player returns. The goal nullifies the signaled penalty to A23 (Reason: Team A was not short-handed).
Unequal number of players – combination of minors and majors:
F1
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns. He had the least amount of time to serve in his minor penalty.
F2
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
5:00
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns. His minor penalty is completed. Teams are at equal strength at the time of the goal.
F3
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
A15 returns.
 
F4
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
 
 
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 A15 returns.
 
 
 Least amount of time to serve in his minor penalty.
F5
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30


5:00
 
 
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal


Goal






A15 returns.

A23 returnd

Least amount of time to serve in his minor penalty.

F6
3:00
 
3:30
 
400
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 5
 
 
 
Goal
A23 returns.

Least amount of time (and Team A is short-handed by reason of a minor penalty).

F7
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 5
 
 
 
B12 – 5
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns.

Least amount of time (and Team A is short-handed by reason of a minor penalty).

F8
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 5
 
 
 
 
B12 – 5
 
Goal
A23 returns.

Short-handed by reason of a minor penalty.

F9
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 5
 

A23 – 2
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
Goal
A23 returns.

Short-handed by reason of a minor penalty.

F10
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
 
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
A15 returns.

Short-handed by reason of a minor penalty.

F11
 
 
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
 
A15 – 2

A23 – 2
B12 – 5
 
 
 
 

Goal
A15 returns. Least amount of time.
F12
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2+2
 
 
 A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
No player returns. First minor penalty to A15 ends.
F13
3:00
 
3:15
 
3:30
 
3:45
 
4:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
A6 – 2(D)
 
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A15 returns.
 
 
A23 returns.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The penalty to A6 begins at 4:00
 
Least amount of time.
F14
3:00
 
3:15
 
3:30
 
5:10
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
B3 – 2
 
Goal
A23 returns. Penalties to A6 and B3 are not on the clock.
F15
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
(S)
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
B3 - 2
Signaled penalty to B3 is not assessed. The penalty to B12 does not make Team B short-handed.
F16
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
(S)
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
 
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns and the penalty to A6 starts.
 
Coincidental penalties – equal number of players on each team:
G1
3:00
 
4:30
A15 – 5+2
B12 – 2+2
 
Goal
No player returns. Teams are at equal strength.
G2
3:00
 
4:30
A15 – 2+5
B12 – 5
 
Goal
The substitute for A15 returns. Coincidental major penalties.
G3
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
A15 returns. Coincidental penalties are not put on the clock.
G4
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
A23 returns.
 
G5
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
No player returns. Team A is short-handed, however, it is with a major penalty.
G6
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
B12 – 5
 
 
 
Goal
 
A15 returns. Team A is below the numerical strength of it’s opponent. Minor penalty to A15 expires on the scoring of the goal.
G7
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns.
 
G8
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
 
 
B12 – 5
 
Goal
A15 returns. Penalties to A23 and B12 are not on the clock.
G9
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 5
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
Goal
No player returns. A15 is serving a major penalty. Penalties to A23 and B12 are not on the clock.
G10
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 5
 
A23 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 5
 
Goal
A23 returns. Short-handed by reason of a minor penalty.
G11
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:30
A15 – 2+2
 
A23 – 2
 
B12 – 5
 
 
 
Goal
No player returns. First minor penalty to A15 is eliminated.
G12
3:00
 
3:30
 
(S)
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 5
 
A6 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
The penalty to A6 is not assessed (unless it is a major or match penalty).
 
G13
3:00
 
3:30
 
4:00
 
4:30
 
4:45
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
 
 
A15 returns.
 
A6 returns.
Penalties to A23 and B12 are not on the clock.
G14
3:00
 
3:30
 
(S)
 
4:30
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2
 
A6 – 2
 
 
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
A15 returns.
The minor penalty to A6 begins at 4:30. The penalties to A23 and B12 are not on the clock.
G15
3:00
 
3:30
A15 – 2+2
B12 – 2
 
Goal

Minor penalty to A15 is eliminated.

Team A would have placed an additional player in the penalty box to serve the extra minor penalty to A15. NOTE: A15’s additional minor penalty begins at 3:30 due to the scoring of the goal by Team B, but does not affect the on-ice strength.
Coincident penalties – unequal number of players on each team:
H1
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
A23 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
Goal
Captain’s choice. This choice must be made at the time of assessment of the penalties.
H2
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
A23 – 5
 
B12 – 2
 
 
Goal
No player returns. The major penalty makes the team short-handed. The penalties to A15 and B12 do not go on the clock.
H3
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
A23 – 2
 
B12 – 5
 
 
Goal
Captain’s choice. The minor penalties end at the same time.
H4
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
A23 – 5
 
B12 – 5
 
 
Goal
A15 returns. Major penalties are coincidental and do not go on the clock.
H5
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 5
A23 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
Goal
No player returns. Coincidental minor penalties. Team A is short-handed by reason of the major penalty. Penalties to A23 and B12 do not go on the clock.
H6
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2+2
A23 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
Goal
Captain’s choice. The minor penalty to B12 can cancel off with any one of the minor penalties assessed to the two players on Team A. Depending on the choice made by Team A, A23 may return or the first minor penalty to A15 will end with the scoring of the goal.
H7
3:00
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
A23 – 2+2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
Goal
Captain’s choice. The minor penalty to B12 can cancel off with any one of the minor penalties assessed to the two players on Team A. Depending on the choice made by Team A, A15 may return or the first minor penalty to A23 will end with the scoring of the goal.
H8
3:00
 
 
 
4:00
 
 
 
 
 
4:30
A15 – 2
A23 – 2
A6 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
 
Goal
 
 
 
 
Captain’s choice.
 
 
 
 
Remaining player returns.
 
 
 
 
B12 and one of the minor penalties to Team A (depending on choice) will not go on the clock.
 
According to the choice made by Team A when the penalties were assessed.
H9
3:00
 
 
 
4:30
A15 – 5
A23 – 2
A6 – 2
 
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
Captain’s choice. Coincidental penalty rule applies to B12 and either A23 or A6 (and these penalties would not go on the clock).
H10
4:00
 
4:30
 
5:00
A15 – 2
 
A23 – 2+2
B12 – 2
 
 
 
Goal
No player returns. A23’s first penalty terminates. A23’s second penalty starts.
NOTE: Coincident penalties must always be served in their entirety.

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