In the Ontario Hockey League, scoring 20 goals is fairly common. This season, 101 players accomplished the feat. What sets Tyler Randell
apart from his peers is the fact that he also fought 20 times this year.
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“I feel like I've had a pretty good season,” Randell said. “Started off slow, point-wise, but still played my power forward role. After Christmas, I really took off in the point category and still kept up my physical game.”
The term "power forward" is often applied to guys who score and fight, like Bruins winger Milan Lucic
, who has 30 goals and 112 PIM this season.
“I definitely keep a close eye on those guys like Lucic, [Shawn] Thornton, [Nathan] Horton and [Gregory] Campbell, who also played with the [Kitchener] Rangers,” Randell said. “I definitely try to play my game like they do.”
Randell is learning how to balance being an enforcer and being a scorer. Even though the scoring isn't always there for the 19-year-old, he doesn't let that affect his physicality.
“Playing the power forward role, points will come,” Randell said. “With the enforcing part, you have to pick your spots in the game. Obviously if a teammate‟s in trouble or someone‟s running around trying to take runs at our star players, I‟ll definitely step up and stick up for my teammates.”
The 6-foot-1, 197-pound native of Brampton, Ontario is also working on smaller aspects of his game to become a more well-rounded player.
“Protecting the puck in the corner, winning every battle possible, and shooting's always an aspect of the game you want to work on,” Randell said. “I'm also working on getting tips in front of the net on the power play.”
Randell and the Kitchener Rangers are currently fighting for their playoff lives, down three games to one to the Plymouth Whalers in the best-of-seven first round of the OHL playoffs.
“Before the playoffs started we had a rough losing streak,” Randell said. “We wanted to come together as a team and play the way we had all season. Definitely had a couple rough games in these last four games. We have to focus on staying positive and being strong defensively until the buzzer sounds.”---Mike Brown