Matthew Strome started out 2018 with a bang.
The Philadelphia Flyers fourth-round pick scored twice on Wednesday night in Hamilton’s win, and he was named the first star of the game for his efforts. The final score was 7-2, but Strome’s goals came when it was still close. He scored 8:12 into the 1st to put Hamilton up 2-1, then 2:49 into the 3rd to put them up 4-2.
Strome extended his goal streak to four games and his point streak to nine as he continues to impress.
Strome’s first goal came off the rush, on a tic-tac-toe passing play. He was trailing the rush and one-timed the pass into the back of the net.
It was a nice shot for Strome, which he has been showing off to score all season long.
His next goal was a snipe as well. He picked off a pass at the blue line, skated in, and beat the goalie with a quick shot.
Strome has goals in four-straight games, and six of his last seven games overall. He has nine goals and four assists for 13 points during his current nine-game point streak.
Strome fell down to the Flyers in the fourth round due to his skating ability, which is still a work in progress, but he was touted as a higher pick for a long time because of his scoring touch. He is showing that off with Hamilton this season in a big way. He is now tied for fifth in the OHL with 23 goals, and tied for 21st with 42 assists. He is over a point-per-game pace and should easily set a career high in both goals (34 last season) and points (62).
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