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ECHL NOTEBOOK: Icemen Agree to Terms with Goaltenders Gorsuch, Williams

JACKSONVILLE – The Jacksonville Icemen announced that the club has agreed to terms with goaltenders Trevor Gorsuch and Charles Willams.

In addition, goaltender Eamon McAdam has been loaned to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL), while defenseman Joel Messner has been loaned to the Providence Bruins (AHL).

Gorsuch, 26, posted a 1.79 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage in his lone appearance with the Toledo Walleye (ECHL) last season. Gorsuch also made appearances with the Reading Royals (ECHL) and the SPHL’s Fayetteville Marksmen.

The 6-2, 210-pound netminder opened his professional career with the Walleye in 2019. During this time, Gorsuch made four appearances and recorded a 3-1-0 record, with one shutout, and a 1.75 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage.

The St. Charles, Missouri resident compiled a 25-16-3 record during his four collegiate seasons at Western Michigan University (2015-2016).

Williams, 28 heads to Jacksonville after posting a 2.81 goals-against average and a .908 save-percentage in 31 outings with the Indy Fuel (ECHL) last season.

The 5-11, 179-pound netminder has posted a 69-36-9 record, with six shutouts, a 2.63 goals-against average, and a .915 save percentage in 121 career ECHL appearances split between the Fuel and the Manchester Monarchs.

Williams has also logged a 3-1-0 record in the American Hockey League in stints with the Ontario Reign and the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Detroit, Michigan resident played collegiately at Ferris State University from 2012-2016 before recording an impressive 21-7-5 record at Canisius College during his senior season.

McAdam earns his AHL call-up with Lehigh Valley after logging a 4-2-2 record with a 2.53 goals-against average in eight appearances with the Icemen this season. Meanwhile, Messner joins Providence after registering three points (2g,1a) in four games with Jacksonville.

The Icemen are back on home ice on January 22, 23 & 24 when they play host to the Florida Everblades for a three-game home set at Veterans Memorial Arena.

Forward Vela Joins Florida

Florida Everblades General Manager Craig Brush along with Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Brad Ralph announced Saturday that forward Marcus Vela has agreed to terms for the 2020-21 season.

Vela, 23, played 49 games with the Toledo Walleye of the ECHL last season and recorded 12 goals and 13 assists. Vela also put up two assists in six games with the Orlando Solar Bears during the 2019-20 season.

Vela made his professional debut in 2019 with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League. Prior to turning pro, the Burnaby, British Columbia native attended the University of New Hampshire where he played in 135 games and amassed 24 goals and 34 assists.

Before his freshman season at UNH, Vela was selected by the San Jose Sharks in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Former Stingrays Goaltender Vanecek Makes NHL Debut

Former South Carolina Stingrays’ goaltender Vitek Vanecek made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut with the Washington Capitals Friday, stopping 30 shots to secure a win over Buffalo in his first career start.

Vanecek is the 14th former Stingray to play for the Capitals, joining a list that includes Pheonix Copley, Braden Holtby and Philipp Grubauer.

The Havlickuv Brod, Czech Republic native made his pro debut with South Carolina during the 2015-16 season, posting a record of 18-7-6 and four shutouts in 32 appearances. Vanecek ranked second in the ECHL with a 2.03 goals-against average and was named to the 2015-16 ECHL All-Rookie Team. He also saw action in two games with the Rays during the 2017-18 season.

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