Poise, Pride, and Depth Propel Cornell To Strong Start

Cornell Athletics
Cornell Athletics

The following article was posted to on December 7, 2017 featuring the Cornell University men's hockey team. 

By Avash Kalra

Cornell head coach Mike Schafer has spent nearly a third of a century in Ithaca, N.Y.

In his 23 years as head coach of his alma mater, Cornell has earned five ECAC tournament titles (out of the program's record 12 all-time crowns) and has appeared in the NCAA tournament 10 times, including last season — ending a four-year drought in that regard. But despite a 21-win campaign, Cornell was 0-3 last season against archrival Harvard and lost handily, 5-0, to Mass.-Lowell in the NCAA tourney's first round. 

So, while fans of a program like Cornell may always have hope, expectations at famed Lynah Rink before this season were, perhaps, appropriately measured — especially within a conference landscape that has changed tremendously during Schafer's tenure, with two ECAC teams (Yale and Union) winning national championships since Cornell's last NCAA Frozen Four appearance 15 seasons ago.

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