Stick it to ’em: Strome uses opponent’s stick to score unusual goal in OHL game

Strome scores goal with opponent's stick

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 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. The Knights are tied with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for second with 79 points.

———

Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.

Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press

Just Posted

Evacuation alert for Dark Lake Valley are

There are 21 properties are affected

Car in ditch in West Kelowna

A car landed in a ditch in West Kelowna

Kelowna Special Olympian bowls bocce ball for bronze

Katarina Gerhardt won bronze in singles bocce

RCMP respond to disruptive passengers at YLW

The incident is not impacting flights

Drumming group performs downtown Kelowna

Vancouver-based Chinese drumming group aims to promote unity

More smoggy air for the Okanagan

Breathing conditions are improving, though still not ideal

B.C. team stays alive in Little League World Series after another nail-biter

Surrey-based squad scored a 6-4 win over Mexico reps in Williamsport on Monday

Kids, seniors at risk as smoke from distant fires hangs over parts of B.C.

B.C. Centre for Disease Control says children’s lungs don’t fully develop until about age 10

B.C. mother charged in 7-year-old daughter’s death appears in court

The 36-year-old mother, of Langley’s Aaliyah Rosa, has been charged with second-degree murder

Troops heading to Lumby/Cherryville to lend a hand with wildfires

Canadian Armed Troops expected to be in the area by the end of the week

Thieves target tires and rims in Shuswap

Salmon Arm RCMP report two recent incidents, a van used in one theft was stolen in Surrey

VIDEO: Teen soccer phenomenon Alphonso Davies to visit B.C. kids camp

The 17-year-old Vancouver Whitecap player is one of the youngest players in MLS history

25-year-old Edmonton man pronounced dead on Shuswap Lake houseboat

Sicamous RCMP deem death to be non suspicious, BC Coroners Service investigating

New plan to lift more than two million people past the poverty line

Anti-poverty strategy will aim for 50 per cent cut in low-income rates: source

Most Read