Cornell head coach Mike Schafer has been suspended for one game for conduct occurring after last Saturday’s game between the Big Red and Michigan State, ECACHL commissioner Steve Hagwell announced Thursday.
The incident in question took place after the Spartans’ 4-3 win, as the Michigan State players remained on the ice to celebrate. Several objects were tossed down onto the ice from the stands at Lynah Rink, after which Schafer came onto the ice and eventually made contact with MSU player Corey Potter.
Cornell director of athletics Andy Noel issued the following statement: “The Cornell Department of Athletics and Physical Education respects the authority of the ECACHL. Coach Schafer tried to calm a situation before it escalated. He regrets grabbing the jersey of an opposing player in an attempt to guide the team safely off the ice.
“We addressed this matter internally, and with this suspension consider the matter closed. Mike is a tremendous teacher of young men and a great role model in our community. We continue to offer Mike and his program our unwavering support.”
Schafer will serve his suspension Friday, Nov. 4, when the Big Red travels to Yale.