Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Ryan Strome of the Niagara IceDogs is the OHL Player of the Week for the first week of the 2012 OHL Playoffs ending March 25 after leading the league with eight points in three games scoring three goals and five assists.
Strome picked up a goal and two assists on Thursday night helping the top ranked IceDogs begin their first round Eastern Conference Playoff matchup against the eighth seeded Oshawa Generals with a big 8-2 win on home ice. The IceDogs took a 2-0 series lead on Friday with Strome recording two assists in the 6-1 win in Oshawa. In Game 3 on Sunday night in St. Catharines, Strome scored twice and added an assist and was named second star of the game despite a 6-4 loss to the Generals. The IceDogs lead the series 2-1 heading into Game 4 in Oshawa on Wednesday night.
Strome, an 18-year-old from Mississauga, ON, is playing in his third OHL campaign and finished the 2011-12 regular season with 30 goals and 38 assists for 68 points in 46 games. A member of Canada’s National Junior Team this season, Strome was selected fifth overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Islanders.
Also considered for the award this week was Tobias Rieder who scored three goals and two assists for five points in two games to help the Kitchener Rangers take a 2-0 first round series lead over the Owen Sound Attack. Francis Menard of the Guelph Storm had two goals and two assists for four points in a pair of victories over the Plymouth Whalers. In goal, Michael Houser of the London Knights won both of his starts against the Windsor Spitfires including a shutout victory with a goals-against-average of 1.00 and save percentage of .952.
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