Monday, May 05, 2008

Monday Linkorama

Matt Gilroy, invited to participate in the U.S. National team training camp last week, didn’t make the final roster, but two former Terriers are taking part in the IIHF World Championships in Quebec and Halifax City. Winger Frantisek Skladany (#20 in photo) who spent the past two seasons in the Czech Pro League, is skating for his native Slovakia and had an assist in Saturday’s win against Norway. Defenseman Jakabs Redlihs is representing Latvia. The Riga native, who began this past season with Syracuse (AHL) and finished in the Czech Pro League, is joined on the Latvian roster by his brothers Krisjanis and Mikelis.

A few weeks ago, we had reported Gilroy's unexpected decision to return to BU for his senior season. A recent news feature in The Daily Free Press looks at several reasons Gilroy's choice, including loyalty to the university, a desire to complete his undergraduate degree, the opportunity to play with his brother, incoming freshman Kevin, and a stronger free-agent position next summer than he'd have now.

And then there was one...

Chris Drury and Mike Grier, teammates at BU and later on the Buffalo Sabres both were eliminated from Stanley Cup play Sunday in overtime games, leaving Pittsburgh’s Ryan Whitney as BU’s only remaining NHL playoff performer. Grier and the San Jose Sharks lost to Dallas, 2-1 in a four-overtime game. Drury’s New York Rangers, had avoided a sweep by Pittsburgh, winning game four, but after battling back yesterday from a 2-0 deficit, lost 3-2 in overtime. The Penguins take on Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference final.

In other playoff news...

John Curry is the only Terrier still playing in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. Curry’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens evened their division final series with Philadelphia at one apiece Saturday night with a 5-4 win.

Tonight, Kevin Schaeffer and the Reading Royals play a seventh game against Cincinnati in the ECHL Northern Division finals. Schaeffer had played 31 games with AHL Providence before being returned to Reading last month.

Incoming freshman Chris Connolly (Omaha Lancers) is in the finals for the USHL Clarke Cup. The Lancers lost game one to Waterloo.

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