Randell

Randell Bowing out

Randell laces up one last time.

Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune

By: Henry Whitfield

 

He’s not flashy or a sniper, he works hard and battles on the boards, fighting every shift he’s on the ice.

Travis Randell has continually found a way to fit into the lineup over his five seasons in Moose Country, despite playing for three head coaches and a roster that has been in constant fluctuation.

As the Mooseheads close out the regular season tonight and Randell plays his last home game for the Herd, we reflect on the Newfoundland natives career in Halifax.

The Stats

314 Regular Season

12 Playoff Games

45 Goals, Tied 28th All-Time

73 Assists, 24th All-Time

118 Points, 26th All-Time

-86 +/-,  Probably not great.

His 314 regular season games rank behind only Brandon Benedict, who also holds the most goals scored, most assists and most points accumulated.

He now joins the ranks of Yuri Cheremetiev*, Frederic Belanger and Benedict as players to play five seasons with the Mooseheads.

While not known for his offence, Randell stepped up in the 2009/2010 season when paired with Tomas Knotek and Gerrad Grant, setting career highs and finishing third in scoring on the team. He finished with 18 Goal, 27 assists and 45 points.

He was rewarded the next season when named Captain of the team, playing a full 68 game season and adding in 24 points, despite his team finishing far below .500 with a 20-43-2-3 record and managing just 45 points on the season.

This season Randell saw his ice-time drop dramatically, adjusting at first to being replaced as Captain by new head coach Dominic Ducharme and then being asked to play defence for an injury riddled defensive unit. Not playing defence since minor league hockey, he moved into the role without losing a step and has been a key part of the Mooseheads success on the penalty kill.

Now as he reaches the end of the career, whether patrolling the blue line or up front forechecking, take a moment and cheer a little louder as he touches the puck, give the kid from Twillingate one last hurrah and the send off he deserves.

He may not be the greatest player we’ve ever had, but he’s been a Great Moosehead.

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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca  and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU  every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.

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Give us a break Bobby

By: Henry Whitfield

(Photo Credit: Richard LaFortune)

With the Halifax Mooseheads down 3 games to none against the nationally fourth ranked Montreal Juniors, it’s safe to say the writing is on the wall for this season and probably was before the Moose limped into the playoffs.

That being said, it’s not enough to just mail in these games and the Mooseheads showed for three periods that they were willing to work against all the odds.

It’s a shame then that their head coach let them down in the final few minutes and showed once again why this franchise can’t move forward without the right personal behind the bench.

With less than two minutes left in the game, Captain Travis Randell rang a hard shot off the crossbar before Luca Ciampini was then denied seconds later.

Whether the Randell shot went in or not, it was clear when the play was stopped that the Mooseheads were both exhausted and emotionally spent. Charles Bety had his head hung low and the players on the bench were slumped over, knowing that they had missed stealing this game by a matter of inches.

With no review called on the play, Smith had one responsibility and that was to call a timeout and regroup his players, making sure they had their heads on right and were ready for that last minute and a half.

Instead of doing what a Head Coach should do, Smith adjusted his tie and the game moved on and with momentum swung the other way Trevor Parkes raced down the ice and scored the game winner seconds later.

While it is impossible to tell whether the Mooseheads would have won, it’s up to the coaching staff to make the right decisions and do their jobs.

The boys on the ice played one of their best complete games of the season only to be let down inexperienced coach.

With one, maybe two games left for this year, let’s hope that Bobby is done with his little experiment and gets someone with experience to lead this team next year.

Hopefully much deeper into the playoffs.