The WCHA announced Monday that Minnesota State women’s coach Eric Means has been served a five-game suspension due to a violation of the WCHA Code of Conduct during a game on Feb. 17 against Minnesota-Duluth.

The five-game suspension, which includes one first round WCHA playoff game that Means sat out voluntarily on Feb. 24, will consist of the first four conference games (no exhibition or non-conference games) of the upcoming 2012-13 season.

“We understand and accept the decision made by the Women’s WCHA Executive Committee,” the school said in a statement. “MSU athletics supports the underlying principles of sportsmanship, respect and fair play and insists on integrity, ethical conduct and accountability from all staff, coaches and student-athletes. This decision suggests that the WCHA is committed to similar principles and ideals and this outcome sends a strong message to member institutions underscoring those expectations.”