Dusty/Road: Thursday notes

A short, brisk one Thursday before they headed up to Syracuse to meet Jonathan Drouin and the Crunch, then head down I-81 to start a home-and-home with the Penguins. The Sound Tigers looked about as they did yesterday, except Loic Leduc was out of no-contact red. He’ll be available, Brent Thompson said, though getting him back up to game conditioning after a couple of weeks mostly off-ice is the question.

Two CIAC Division I quarterfinals at Harbor Yard on Saturday, if you’re not driving to Wilkes-Barre. (Similarly, two at Bennett Rink, if you’re etc.) For those going to the high school games Saturday or the Sound Tigers game Sunday, the annual public service announcement.

Elsewhere, The Ivy League has caved and will play four-team tournaments in men’s and women’s basketball for the automatic NCAA bids (but not, you’ll note, the league championship) beginning next year. Heard that on the radio on the way home from practice and my jaw literally dropped. (Can we get that going this year, please?) The Palestra, incidentally, is a great ol’ place (or at least it was a great ol’ place 20 years ago, but I can’t imagine that has changed), and if you’re a fan of basketball in any way, that’s one of those places you’ve got to see.

And RIP, Hall of Famer Bill Gadsby.

Michael Fornabaio