Posts Tagged ‘Randall Gelech’

What happened to some of last years Amerks?

October 2, 2009 - By

Drew Larman is currently playing with the Providence Bruins

The summer of 2009 has been an exciting one with the roster that has been built for the 2009/2010 Rochester Americans.  There’ll be a lot of questions from fans getting to know some of the new players but also a lot of questions wondering about some favorites from last season.

So here’s a quick rundown of players that are no longer in the Florida Panthers or Rochester Americans organizations:

Tanner Glass – He signed a one year two way deal with the Vancouver Canucks.  After a strong training camp he’s on the Canucks opening night roster.  The Panthers had said they would have liked him back but were not ready to offer him a deal prior to the start of free agency.

Janis Sprukts – is currently playing for Dinamo Riga in the KHL.  Sprukts was unhappy last season when he realized he had no real chance of cracking the Florida Panthers lineup.  So he packed up his things and went across the pond.

Mike Brodeur – The Florida Panthers were ready to offer him a $105,000 contract to stay in the organization but Brodeur thought [...]Read More

Amerks vs Crunch; Final Weekend of Season

April 9, 2009 - By

The Syracuse Crunch and Rochester Americans face off on Friday and Saturday night in the final weekend of the regular season in the American Hockey League.  The games have a lot more meaning for the Syracuse Crunch who are in a battle with the Toronto for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Division.  Two wins by the Amerks would be a great way to end a horrible season by knocking out their biggest rival in the league.

The chances of a good fight in one of these final two games isn’t very likely.  The Crunch are on a mission to make the playoffs.  The Amerks want to play the role of spoiler and also reach 30 wins on the season.  If the Amerks get a good lead going in either of the games it’s the only way anything could possibly happen.

These two games could possibly be the best two games of the season played between the two teams.

This could very well be the last weekend in an Amerks uniform for players like Drew Larman, Stefan Meyer, David Shantz, Randall Gelech, Jacob Micflikier, and Riley Emmerson.

The only player I could possibly see coming back is [...]Read More

Amerks Defeat Marlies in Overtime

April 8, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans defeated the Toronto Marlies in overtime on Wednesday night by the final score of 5-4.  Randal Gelech scored the game winning goal at 1:53 in overtime, assisted by Stefan Meyer.  Due to other commitments (sons hockey practice), I didn’t get the chance to watch or listen to the game, so here’s the recap from

Rochester, April 8… The eighth and final meeting between the Rochester Americans and the Toronto Marlies proved to be a battle as the Amerks came out on top of and back-and-fourth game in overtime. The Toronto Maple Leafs affiliate out-shot the Amerks all game long (31-18), but the successes were in the Rochester’s favor with the game-winner coming from Randall Gelech.

The battle began early in the first with both teams scoring within the first eight minutes of play. Toronto took first blood with Tim Stapleton picking up his 25th goal on the season after a pass from teammate Jiri Tlusty.

Rochester answered back on a goal from Kenndal McArdle, his 12th this season. McArdle was assisted by Keaton Ellerby and Michal Repik.

Amerks scored again with four minutes left in the first period as Ellerby (0+2) and fellow defenseman Matt [...]Read More

Strong Effort by Amerks not Enough to defeat Crunch

April 5, 2009 - By

The Syracuse Crunch are undefeated at home this season against the Rochester Americans and continued that streak on Saturday night with a 3-2 win in front of 6,117 fans at the War Memorial.

Unlike previous contests between the two teams in Syracuse the Amerks put in a solid effort on the ice.

The Crunch scored first when Maksim Mayorov found the back of the net for his 16th goal of the season.  Craig MacDonald tallied his 24th assist of the year when he fed the pass up to a streaking Mayorov along the boards.  Mayorov was going one on one with Mike Caruso across the blue line, slid the puck around Caruso to the center of the ice, cut left with the puck and beat David Shantz glove side.

The Crunch forwards have learned how to skate around the Amerks defense untouched.  Hopefully that’s something that can be stopped by next weekend.

David Shantz made a spectacular save towards the end of the first period on a shot from Alexandre Picard.  The puck was in the face off circle when Picard took control of it, pulled a spin-o-rama move around Ellerby and put a quick shot on Shantz.

Randall Gelech [...]Read More

Alexandre Picard Hat Trick Leads Crunch to Victory

March 20, 2009 - By

(Syracuse, NY) The Rochester Americans have successfully extended their losing streak to eight games with tonights 5-2 loss against the Syracuse Crunch.  Alexandre Picard scored a hat trick to lead the Crunch to victory.  This team has not won a game since March 1st when they defeated the Binghamton Senators 3-2.  Entering the month of March it appeared as if the Amerks were going to end the season on a high note, instead they’ve spent the month putting together the worst losing streak of the season.

The game started off well though, maybe too well.

Janis Sprukts returned to action tonight after missing the last nine games with a shoulder injury and his prescence was immediately noticed.  Sprukts did a great job leading the power play unit and setting up the play that led to the first goal of the game by Randall Gelech at 7:37 of the first period, also assisted by Shawn Matthias.

The best scoring chance of the first period for the Crunch was Nikita Filatov streaking down the left side, wrapped around the net, tried to pass the puck to Craig MacDonald, but Duco was there to trip MacDonald to the ice and took the penalty [...]Read More

Three Short Hand Goals Not Enough for Win

March 15, 2009 - By

The Amerks managed to score three short handed goals tonight against the Hamilton Bulldogs and all it got them was a point in an eventual shootout loss.  The short handed goals were scored by Kenndal McArdle, Drew Larman, and David Brine.  The Bulldogs goaltender Cedric Desjardins deserves an assist on McArdles first goal.

I’m really not sure if the game was somewhat boring, or it was just the difference of being at the Knighthawks game on Saturday with over 9,000 people to just over 3,000 tonight at Blue Cross Arena.

Anyways, on to the game.  Brock Trotter scored the only goal of the first period at 9:34 with a shot from the just outside the front of the net through the five hole of Tyler Plante.  David Desharnais passed the puck from just behind the net to Trotter waiting for the puck.  Great pass, great shot, appeared as if Plante was somewhat screened on it.

The Amerks certainly had a number of close calls in the first with Randall Gelech and Karl Stewart each ringing shots off the posts.  About an inch closer inside and the puck would have gone in.  Unfortunately close doesn’t really count, just an honorable mention.

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Amerks Announce Clear Day Roster

March 12, 2009 - By

On Thursday afternoon the Rochester Americans announce their 22 man clear day roster for the remainder of the 08/09 regular season.  It’s yet another sign that the season is quickly coming to a close.  It’s sad that hockey season is winding down, but exciting to REALLY start looking forward to next season.  That’s a whole other topic.

No surprises with the Amerks lineup.  If the team had any plans of making the playoffs this would be a lot more interesting.

Here’s the roster:

Mike Brodeur and Tyler Plante; defensemen Michael Caruso, Jason Garrison, Rory Fitzpatrick, Keaton Ellerby, Jordan Henry, Peter Aston, Franklin MacDonald, and forwards Janis Sprukts, Drew Larman, Stefan Meyer, Michael Duco, Tanner Glass, Dan Collins, Karl Stewart, Shawn Matthias, Kenndal McArdle, Michal Repik, David Brine, Randall Gelech and Riley Emmerson. Forwards Jarret Lukin, Kyle Hagel, Andrew Sweetland, Judd Blackwater and Jacob Micflikier currently remain in residence.

The rest of the AHL also announced their rosters as well.

Amerks Come Close but Lost in Shootout

February 19, 2009 - By

There are two things that are for certain about the Rochester Americans this season, those things are that they are capable of competing against the best teams in the league and they’re also capable of playing like a last place team.  Trying to figure out ahead of time which team that will be is the tough part.

So far in the month of February it has been the team that shows it is capable of competing with the best in the league.  The Rochester Americans proved it once again on Wednesday night when they lost in a shootout to the Grand Rapids Griffins by the final score of 2-1.

Following tonight’s loss, the Griffins are 30 points ahead of the Amerks in the standings.  Yes, that is correct, 30 points.  If we looked back over the season so far we could easily find 15 games that were close that would make it seem as if the two teams were actually close.

As quick as we are to throw in the towel once in a while, it also needs to be noted the potential that exists.

“We have to be happy with the way we played tonight, they’re one of the [...]Read More

Tyler Plante Leads Amerks Out of Last Place

February 11, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans have finally gotten themselves out of last place in the American Hockey League led by Tyler Plante with a 4-1 win on Tuesday night on the road against the Iowa Chops.  The game was further evidence of a Jekyll and Hyde type of team that the Amerks have become.  The Amerks played smart hockey with very few mistakes, tallying a power play goal, successfully killing four power play chances for the chops, and even scoring a short handed goal.

Heading into tonights game the Amerks trailed the Springfield Falcons by only one point in the standings, so the two points gained by the Amerks tonight puts them ahead by one.  Both teams play again on Wednesday night, but hopefully now that the Amerks have gotten out of the cellar they’ll continue with the good and finally stop with the poor performances.

The performance by Tyler Plante was outstanding as he made 33 saves in the game for his second win of the season.  Mike Brodeur was expected to start the game tonight but isn’t quite ready to return from his groin injury.  What seemed like a tough scenario having Brodeur out injured has turned into an excellent [...]Read More

Thursday Gameday: Amerks vs Crunch

January 22, 2009 - By

The Rochester Americans are back at home tonight for an odd Thursday night home game against thruway rivals Syracuse Crunch, game time is at 7:05pm.  The Amerks lost the first three games this season against the Crunch but have won the last two.  The last win was back on January 9th, final score was 3-1.

The team has won six of its last eight, including two road wins this past weekend against the Manchester Monarchs and Providence Bruins.  Looking at the past 15 games they are 10-4-0-1.  Something strange is happening here in Rochester, the team is creeping closer to a .500 record.

The Crunch are coming off of a 6-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday afternoon, they have won three of their past four.

Goaltender Mike Brodeur, who has started 17 of the last 19 games for Rochester, and will start again tonight, boasts a 12-4-1 record in 17 games between the pipes for the Amerks. His 2.07 goals-against average and .933 save percentage presently rank him third and second among AHL netminders, respectively. Further, his two shutouts tie him for fourth in the league.

The game will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK, [...]Read More

Game Day 12/7/08: Brodeur to Start Against River Rats

December 7, 2008 - By

On Saturday morning at the end of practice Benoit Groulx let newcomer Mike Brodeur know that he would be getting his first start tonight at home against the Albany River Rats.  Brodeur was signed to a 25 game PTO on Thursday from the defunct Augusta Lynx.

The distant cousin of Devils goalie Martin Brodeur could be our only hope at this point.

On Friday night the Amerks lost 4-1 against the Iowa Chops.  The team was slow out of the gate and it cost them big time.  The Iowa Chops scored only 28 seconds into the game.  Less than seven minutes later with Jordan Henry in the pently box the Chops scored a power play goal to make it a 2-0 game.  This threw the whole first period into a downward spiral.  They just couldn’t keep up with the Calder Cup Finalists (the Iowa Chops were the Portland Pirates of last season).

Thankfully the Amerks will have two of our top points leaders in Janis Sprukts and Kenndal McArdle back in the lineup after short call ups to the Florida Panthers.

Sprukts had been called up on Saturday morning, he played in the Panthers loss against the Bruins [...]Read More

Randall Gelech Acquired on Loan from Griffins

November 26, 2008 - By

Copied and pasted from Kevin O’s blog, we were out of town when this happened:

Amerks acquire Gelech from Griffins
Filed by Kevin Oklobzija @ 11:57 am on November 26, 2008

Winger Randall Gelech has been acquired on loan by the Amerks from the Grand Rapids Griffins.

It’s never a bad thing when general managers — Jody Gage with the Amerks and Bob McNamara (the former Amerk goalie) with the Griffins — are still great friends.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Gelech is in his fifth AHL season. He played the first three in the Phoenix organization (Utah, then San Antonio) before jumping to the Grand Rapids Griffins last season.

His best year was Year 3, when he scored 17 goals, 17 assists and 34 points in 79 games with the Rampage.

He scored just 7-8-15 a year ago with the Griffins and was a spare part this year (no points in five games).

Gelech won’t be the big scorer the Amerks need, but he does provide size and experience and he can play in every situation.