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Cornell Coach Mike Schafer Gets Salty in Post-Game Interview

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Mike Schafer and Rand Pecknold exchange pleasantries prior to the Cornell coach going off in the post game press conference.
Mike Schafer and Rand Pecknold exchange pleasantries prior to the Cornell coach going off in the post game press conference.
Matt Dewkett

Cornell head coach Mike Schafer has never been known as a particularly graceful loser, but after Saturday's 1-0 loss to Quinnipiac--a game that had a small skirmish break out in the handshake line--Schafer gave what has to rank as his angriest, most profane, and likely most expensive rant in his post-game interview

The Quinnipiac Bobcat Sports Network has audio of the post-game interview that you can hear here.

Among the highlights:

"I guess my first comment is I want to make it loud and clear that what their coach did...was a fucking classless asshole."

I don't know about loud, but you really can't be any more clear than that.

"You wonder why guys were pissed at the end at center ice. It's not the kids. They take the lead from us, so yeah, I contributed to it because I'm pissed off at their coach at the end of the game for being an asshole."

""If that was one of his kids that went into the boards, I'd be concerned. Maybe not anymore."

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.

The two coaches shared a heated exchange immediately after the game, and that boiled over into the postgame handshake line. Apparently the NCAA-mandated ten-minute cooling off period wasn't enough to subside Schafer's anger at the situation.