Said Fenton, "A national standard for competition protocols may be good in theory, but when talking about health and safety protocols, a lot of these decisions are being made at the local level by health professionals, which have the authority over health and well-being matters for our students. I understand people wanting to say that, but it's easier said than done."
Schafer noted that Cornell and other ECAC teams have played many games this year with a short roster.
"There's nothing the Committee can do. It's a loophole," said Schafer. "In the future it's something I guess we'll have to address. As a committee, we'll definitely talk about it. I'm sure we will. And commissioners I'm sure will talk about what happened too. No one wants this.
"It's bad optics for college hockey, bad optics for them. Maybe the decision was made without coaches knowing or not, but that's the confusing thing. Lots of teams play with short rosters. Right now, teams are playing with (short) guys in a game. It looks even worse when people aren't clarifying (what happened). I've been around college hockey long enough — we played a game (at St. Lawrence) where a lot of the team got food poisoning, we started the game with 14 guys — it's just what you do. So it's a real confusing thing."