March 24, 2003

Paolini scores in OT to give Red ECAC tourney

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Head coach Mike Schafer ’86 had been carrying the same pair of black dress shoes around for three years, since Cornell (28-4-1, 19-2-1 ECAC) started its run at three consecutive ECAC championship games. He carried those shoes all the way to the podium Saturday night after Cornell’s 3-2 overtime victory in this year’s title game.

“I told our guys about it in the locker room before the game started,” Schafer began. “I said ‘My wife bought me those shoes three years ago when we lost to St. Lawrence right after the championship game, and I hated them. And they hurt like hell for almost a year before they actually broke in