The WCHA announced this week that Minnesota-Duluth women’s coach Shannon Miller has been suspended one game due to a violation of the WCHA Code of Conduct.
The action was taken by the league after reviewing an incident following the game against Ohio State on Nov. 26, a 6-2 win for the Bulldogs.
With two seconds left in the third period, Ohio State’s Sara Schmitt was whistled for a charging penalty. Miller asked a UMD team captain to ask an official to hand out a game misconduct. The official declined.
“When the game was over, I approached the official and he and I engaged in a very passionate conversation about the concern for the safety of my player as well as all players,” Miller said in a news conference Thursday afternoon. “It’s an issue that I’ve taken forward many times in the last three years to the referees and to the league, about the concern of the safety of not only my own players, but all the female players. We had a very passionate dialogue, and the next thing you know, I get a call from (UMD athletic director Bob Nielson) saying that the league wants to suspend me.
“They gave me a one-game suspension and I will accept it, serve it and move on.”
Miller will serve her suspension tonight (Dec. 16) at Minnesota State.