Minnesota-Duluth women’s coach Shannon Miller has asked one player to leave the team, disciplined three other players, and decided to select new captains, according to the Duluth News Tribune.
The Tribune reports that junior Becky Salyards has been asked to leave the team and junior Juliane Jubinville, freshman Mari Pehkonen and junior Jill Sales will be disciplined. Pehkonen, the highest scorer among the disciplined players with 10 points, is presently away from the team representing Finland in the Olympics.
Junior Allison Lehrke, the team’s fifth-leading scorer, was the original captain. Team-leading scorers Noemie Marin and Jessica Koizumi were the original assistant captains. Only Marin was allowed to retain her position.
On Wednesday, junior goalie Riitta Schaublin and senior Krista McArthur were named the new captains. Sales was also named assistant captain, despite her recent punishment.
UMD started the season strong with a 14-2 record, but the Bulldogs are just 4-4-2 since then, including a 1-3-1 mark over their last five. UMD was swept by St. Cloud State on Jan. 27-28 for the first time in school history. This past weekend, UMD posted a narrow 3-2 victory and 1-1 tie at Ohio State. The Bulldogs had beaten the Buckeyes 5-0 and 7-1 the last time they met in October.