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Friday, November 26, 2010

Niagara's Strome more than highlight-reel goal

The biggest number for Ryan Strome this season might not be the goals, assists or points he scores for the Ontario Hockey League's Niagara IceDogs, or where he lands in NHL Central Scouting's rankings for the 2011 Entry Draft --  as all those numbers likely will be high, by the way.

No, for Strome, the biggest number will be the video starts for the spectacular goal he scored against the Plymouth Whalers on Oct. 28.

Strome takes a pass from teammate Steven Shipley in the neutral zone, and he accelerates down the left side and across the Plymouth blue line. He fakes going inside on a Whalers defender and then blows around him to the outside before going right to the net. When the goalie goes into his butterfly, Strome starts to go behind the net but instead uses his reach to tuck the puck behind the goalie, just inside the left post.

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