Around The Links (4/27/16): Schmidt Mulling Retirement, Cannata Leads Utica To Crucial Playoff Win

Bryan Schmidt Nottingham
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— Former Merrimack defenseman Bryan Schmidt, 34, is mulling retirement.

“I’m 50/50 right now. I’ve got some thinking and discussing to do,” he t0ld the Nottingham Post.

According to the story, he was originally planning to move back to the U.S. at the end of this past season — he’s from Minnesota — and look to begin a career in business.

“The final weekend was so fun and exciting that it makes you want to come back for more, but also it’s a great way to go out.

“In my whole career I’ve only played for one other team two seasons in a row before coming here. This club has been great for me.

“I’ve had probably the best time of my life here.

“The boys are awesome, the fans are awesome and the city’s awesome.

“If I retire I’ll miss it, but that’s how life goes.”

Schmidt said he’ll remain in Nottingham this summer, completing a a masters degree in business at Loughborough University.

— Ryan O’Rourke was praised more for his 51-pitch effort in relief on Sunday against Washington for the Minnesota Twins. After the extra-inning duel, the Twins made roster moves yesterday to get 14 pitchers on the roster, with several relievers — O’Rourke included — not pitching on Monday after such long outings on Sunday. It’s expected that they’ll get back down to 12 pitchers in the coming days, according to Twins’ GM Terry Ryan, but it’s expected O’Rourke remains on the MLB roster.

— Rasmus Tirronen‘s season came to an end with the Florida Everblades, after a playoff loss to the Wheeling Nailers. Tirronen made 22 saves in a 2-1 loss in the season finale.

— Joe Cannata led the Utica Comets to a crucial Game 3 win over the Albany Devils in a best-of-five AHL series. With the season on the line, the Comets turned back to Cannata after Richard Bachman was pulled in Game 2. Albany now leads the series 2-1. Utica will look to force a Game 5 tomorrow night in a fourth game at Utica.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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