November 10, 2014

MEN’S HOCKEY | Cornell Men’s Coach Suspended for Post-Game Comments

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The ECAC handed men’s hockey head coach, Mike Schafer ’86, a one-game suspension on Monday as a result of comments he made in a post-game press conference Saturday night in response to the actions of Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold.

The confrontation was sparked when senior forward Cole Bardreau was slammed into the boards from behind by Quinnipiac’s Matt Peca early into the second period. Peca received a five-minute major penalty for the hit, but it was the reaction of Pecknold, who was urging the officials to make an embellishment call, that caused Schafer’s post-game eruption.

“I’d like to apologize for using profane language in my post-game comments on Saturday evening following our contest against Quinnipiac,” Schafer said in a statement. “My language was unnecessary and I did not represent Cornell and our hockey program in a first-class manner.”

Tina Chou / Sun Staff PhotographerMen’s hockey head coach, Mike Schafer ’86, released an apology regarding a heated remark he made at a post-game press conference about Quinnipiac coach Rand Pecknold.