EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — Wisconsin-Eau Claire head coach Marlin Muylaert has been suspended by the school’s administration for a month, as a result of his actions during a game with Augsburg last Saturday, Dec. 9.
Down 9-1, Muyleart pulled the goalie from the game, allowing Augsburg to score two uncontested goals. At that point, with the score 11-1 and with just over seven minutes remaining, a MIAC rule kicked in that allows a team ahead by 10 goals the option of going to running time, which is what Augsburg head coach Mike Schwarz decided to do.
Muylaert then removed his team from the ice, resulting in penalties and, eventually, a forfeit.
“[Muylaert's actions] demonstrated a lack of respect for the Augsburg team, the Augsburg fans, the game officials, UW-Eau Claire and the essence of athletic competition,” said Steven Tallant, UW-Eau Claire associate vice chancellor of academic affairs.
“In the heat of battle we make decisions, and we can make bad decisions. Unfortunately, an incident like this can really paint you, and people can get an image of you that isn’t really true.”
To that point in the game, Eau Claire had been assessed 23 penalties for 92 minutes, including two game disqualifications, while Augsburg had just 10 penalties for 31 minutes, including one disqualification.
“I pulled my team off the ice because in my estimation it was a dangerous situation for my players,” said Muylaert to the Eau Claire Leader Telegram. “I knew there would be serious repercussions when I did it. I’ll pay the price.”
Muyleart’s suspension ends on January 13. Assistant coach Brandon Klement has taken over in the interim. The Blugolds will play face St. Mary’s, St. Thomas and Minnesota-Crookston, twice, in that span.
The Blugolds defeated NCHA-leading Wisconsin-River Falls 3-2 on Saturday, Dec. 16 under Klement.