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Cornell

by Tim Rosenthal/Staff Writer

Head Coach: Mike Schafer
2006-07 Record: 14-13-4 (10-8-4 ECAC)
Key Returnees: Raymond Sawanda F SR., Topher Scott F SR., Doug Krantz D SR., Troy Davenport G JR., Taylor Davenport D JR., Jared Seminoff D JR., Colin Greening F SO., Justin Krueger D SO., Brendon Nash D SO.
Key Losses: Byron Bitz, Mitch Carefoot, Mark McCutcheon, Justin Milo (transfer), Tony Romano

After two straight seasons of ending an overtime loss away from the Frozen Four, Cornell ended the 2006-07 season losing two one-goal games to Quinnipiac in the ECAC playoffs.

"It was a frustrating season," said head coach Mike Schafer, whose team was snake bitten in its final four games, scoring only four goals in that span. "We were successful past few years but this year was just unlucky."

Schafer did mention that the team did achieve one goal and that was to get home ice for the playoffs.

Now that last season is in the books, the Big Red will look for bigger things in 2007-08.

"Our goal is to win the league championship and learn from last season," said Schafer.

In 2007-08 the Big Red will have co-captains in senior forwards Raymond Sawada and Topher Scott, while senior defenseman Doug Krantz and sophomore Colin Greening will be the alternate captains.

"I think they are all good leaders," Schafer said about the Big Red's captains for this upcoming year. "They have experienced last year, and will build upon that for this season."

While Sawada, Scott, and Krantz have experience, the team is still a little bit young. But with 16 juniors and sophomores, all hungry for better results, the Big Red should be able to improve on last year's results.

As far as the recruiting class goes, there are quite a few of them, eight to be exact.

"I think it's another solid class," said Schafer about the class of 2011. "Riley Nash is probably the most notable, and the most hyped."

Nash had 95 points in 66 games for the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL (42 g, 53 a). He was the team's Most Valuable Player, and the Interior Conference Rookie of the Year in 2006-07.

Unfortunately, brother Brendon recently sustained a shoulder injury and could be out half the season.

The class does not end with just Nash, with guys like Patrick Kennedy who coach Schafer says "has the size and ability, and who likes to be physical on the ice." There's also forwards Danny Nichols and Mike Devin, and defenseman Jordan Berk, all of whom coach Schafer says "have great skating abilities," the class of 2011 will look to make an immediate impact.

The 2007-08 season begins on October 27 when the Big Red host RIT, but the game college hockey fans might be looking forward to the most is when Cornell and Boston University faceoff in Madison Square Garden on November 24 for "Red Hot Hockey in New York."

After the game at MSG, the rivalry will be renewed during the next two seasons.

As far as the rest of 2007-08 goes coach Schafer had a couple of thoughts. "You never know what might happen. You look around the league and it has gotten better."

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