UPDATE: UMD's Shannon Miller Suspended by WCHA

By KBJR News 1

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 15, 2011 at 10:37 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- UMD women's hockey coach Shannon Miller has been suspended for one game due to a violation of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's code of conduct.

Miller spoke on the matter Thursday afternoon before the team's practice, calling it a "passionate discussion" between herself and a referee.

That discussion occurred after the Bulldogs 6-2 win over Ohio State on Saturday, November 26.

A Buckeyes player was penalized two minutes for charging with only two seconds left in the game, an infraction Miller believed to warrant a game misconduct.

What followed was a discussion with the game's referee, which Miller described as passionate on both sides concerning the safety of UMD players and players around women's college hockey.

The discussion was at no point physical, said Miller, but it was a heated argument between two people with differing opinions.

The WCHA originally suspended the UMD coach for two games but, following an appeals process, the punishment was reduced to just the one game.

Miller will be required to serve the suspension this upcoming Friday when the #9-ranked Bulldogs visit Minnesota State-Mankato.

Assistant coach Laura Schuler will be the acting head coach for the Bulldogs on Friday when they take on the Mavericks.

The only head coach in program history, Miller has amassed a record of (322-95-35) and led UMD to five NCAA national championships.

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com

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