Strome Scores Twice In AHL All-Star Game
The American Hockey League All-Star game took place this past Wednesday, February 12th in St. John's, Newfoundland. The Winnipeg Jets AHL affiliate the St. John's Ice Caps played host to an All Star game at the Mile One Centre that was the first of its kind. Instead of two separate AHL All-Star teams distinguished by the conference in which they play, there was one, 20 man roster selected to play against Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League.
In this new format, the AHL All-Stars came out victorious with a 7-2 final score. The New York Islanders and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers were represented well as Ryan Strome contributed for 2 goals in the game, further improving his already impressive AHL resume in his rookie season. The MVP of the contest went to Chicago Blackhawks prospect and Rockford Ice Hog Brandon Pirri who recorded 3 points in the contest.
The day prior to the game itself, the AHL and Farjestad BK took part in a skills competition in which the AHL All-Stars also came out on top. Stome was impressive in the skills competition as well. Along with Farjestad defenseman Magnus Nygren and All-Star teammate Jason Jaffray of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Strome took a share of the accuracy shooting title hitting all 4 targets in only 6 attempts.
With these new accomplishments added to what Strome as already done this season, it is easy to see that he will be a key contributor in Uniondale sooner rather than later and I fully expect him to be recalled at the conclusion of the Olympics.