Smith received a major penalty and a game-disqualification penalty for checking Irwin from behind into the boards on Saturday night. The DQ comes with an automatic one-game suspension. According to the press release, the university gave him an extra game to "reinforce the learning experience."
"I know that Craig feels remorse for the incident," Badgers coach Mike Eaves said. "He will learn and move forward."
Irwin suffered an upper-body injury and will miss this weekend's series at Denver.
The extra game suspension has shades of last season when the Mavericks' Trevor Bruess received two one-game suspensions for what were called dangerous hits. The first suspension was called a decision by MSU and had approval from the WCHA, while the second came from the league office. There was no mention of the WCHA in the Smith release. Wonder if the league was involved?
UPDATE: Wisconsin State Journal hockey writer Andy Baggot is reporting that Smith's suspension came from the WCHA office.
UPDATE 2: The WCHA issued a press release from Commissioner Bruce McLeod, endorsing the suspension. "The WCHA fully concurs with the additional one-game suspension handed down today by the University of Wisconsin. We appreciate the university's initiative on this matter and their pro-active approach in creating a learning experience out of a difficult circumstance."