Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell hockey Coach Mike Schafer was suspended one game on Monday after coming to the defense of his players in a post-game conference.
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Schafer directed three expletives at an opposing coach, according to the Associated Press.
“Schafer’s big complaint seems to stem from an incident in the second period, when Quinnipiac’s Matthew Peca was assessed a five-minute major and game misconduct for hitting Cornell’s Cole Bardreau from behind. Bardreau suffered a season-ending, and very nearly career-ending broken neck from a hit from behind in 2013. Schafer apparently heard Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold arguing that Bardreau embellished the play to get the call, and that set Schafer off.
In a statement, Schafer apologized for his words:
“I’d like apologize for using profane language in my postgame comments on Saturday evening following our contest against Quinnipiac … My language was unnecessary, and I did not represent Cornell and our hockey program in a first-class manner.
Cole Bardreau, who had previously suffered a serious neck injury, was run into the boards from behind in the game. Cole’s status continues to be evaluated, but the hit on Saturday may force him to miss future games. I was angry that there was no recognition of the seriousness of the play and let my emotions get the best of me after the contest. The safety of student-athletes is paramount to me. I have apologized to Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold for my comments.”
The Cornell Sun added that Andy Noel, the director of Athletics and Physical Education, “stood by Schafer’s desire to protect his players, but understood the severity of his words:”