North Dakota women’s coach Brian Idalski served a one-game suspension last Saturday for knowledge of a player’s violation of an NCAA rule last season, according to a school spokesperson.
UND forward Michelle Karvinen played for a team in Denmark last season while she was taking online classes at North Dakota, a school spokesperson said. As a non-qualifier last season, Karvinen was not allowed to play on an outside sports team under NCAA bylaw 126.96.36.199.
“I have accepted the NCAA’s decision and take responsibility for it,” Idalski told the Grand Forks Herald. “It was an inadvertent and isolated incident and I will accept the penalty and we will move on.”
There is expected to be no further punishment from the case.
Without Idalski behind the bench last Saturday, North Dakota beat St. Cloud State 9-0. UND is ranked fifth in the USCHO.com Division I Women’s Poll and is in third place in the WCHA.
Karvinen, who had three goals and 11 points in 20 games for men’s team Rødovre SIK in Denmark last season, according to eliteprospects.com, does not have her eligibility affected by the suspension. She has 17 goals and 41 points in 24 games for North Dakota this season.