Stick it to ’em:

Strome uses op­po­nent’s stick to score un­usual goal in OHL game

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - GRE­GORY STRONG

It’s one thing to score with your own hockey stick. It’s quite an­other to put the puck in the net by us­ing your op­po­nent’s lum­ber.

Dy­lan Strome’s se­cond goal in the Erie Ot­ters’ 5-1 win over Lon­don on Wed­nes­day night came in a most un­usual fash­ion. He used the stick of Knights de­fence­man Brandon Craw­ley to score af­ter both play­ers lost their sticks ear­lier in the play.

It was eas­ily the strangest goal of Strome’s ju­nior hockey ca­reer.

“That’s the cra­zi­est, for sure,” Strome, brother of the Hamil­ton Bull­dog’s Matthew Strome, said Thurs­day from Erie, Pa. “I was telling some of the guys, that’ll never hap­pen again.”

Mid­way through the third pe­riod, Craw­ley lost his stick af­ter a col­li­sion with Strome in the Lon­don zone. Craw­ley fol­lowed Strome in front of the net and stripped the Erie star of his stick.

A frus­trated Strome ex­tended his arms out as if a call should have been made, but the ref­eree — who was sta­tioned be­hind the net — was look­ing at the play in the cor­ner at the time. The play moved across to the other face­off cir­cle and Strome picked up Craw­ley’s stick, worked a give-and-go with team­mate Tay­lor Rad­dysh and put the puck past Lon­don goalie Tyler John­son.

“I just fig­ured, ‘I’ve got to keep play­ing here,’” Strome said. “I saw his stick on the ice and I just grabbed it.”

Nor­mally a player might re­turn to his bench to get a re­place­ment stick. But the play was at the other end of the ice at the Erie In­surance Arena, forc­ing Strome to get cre­ative.

“It was re­ally awk­ward, it was a dif­fer­ent kind of stick too,” he said. “It had a dif­fer­ent grip, dif­fer­ent every­thing. I was just in the mo­ment. I knew it was pretty long. If you see the shot, it was not the great­est shot. It was right along the ice.

“I think the goalie thought I was go­ing to shoot it high and it just went along the ice.”

Strome raised the stick high in the air af­ter scor­ing as he cel­e­brated with team­mates.

“It was kind of a dif­fer­ent feel­ing be­cause I was kind of mad be­cause he took my stick,” he said. “It would be dif­fer­ent if both of our sticks were on the ice and I picked up his and he picked up mine. But he ripped it out of my hands so I got pretty an­gry. “It worked out pretty well.” Strome high-fived the rest of the play­ers on the Erie bench be­fore go­ing to the Lon­don bench to ex­change sticks with Craw­ley. The play was fea­tured promi­nently on sports high­light pack­ages across the con­ti­nent, in­clud­ing ESPN in the United States.

Strome, who has 47 points (15 goals, 32 as­sists) in 20 games this sea­son, served as cap­tain of the Cana­dian team that won sil­ver at the world ju­nior hockey cham­pi­onship last month in Mon­treal.

The win gave the first-place Ot­ters a four-point lead on Lon­don in the OHL’s Western Con­fer­ence stand­ings.

MATT MEAD, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Dy­lan Strome used the stick of Lon­don’s Brandon Craw­ley af­ter both play­ers lost their sticks ear­lier in the play.

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