Coyotes prospect Dylan Strome set a Memorial Cup record for points in one game on Monday night when he notched seven in Windsor, Ontario.
Strome, the captain of the Erie Otters, scored four goals and added three assists in his team's 12-5 victory over the Saint John SeaDogs. Strome's seven-point effort broke the tournament's single-game record of six points, which had been accomplished four times, most recently by Seattle's Mike Mathers in 1992.
"I didn't even know it was a record to be honest with you," Strome told reporters after the game. "... We were having fun playing hockey, things were rolling for us. It's a best-on-best tournament and I don't know what to say, sometimes you have a good night and sometimes you don't. For whatever reason we had a good game."
Strome, who started the season by playing seven games for the Coyotes before returning to junior hockey, took a game-high 10 shots on goal, won 21 of 30 draws in the faceoff circles, and was named the No. 1 Star of the Game. He scored his first goal in the first period, his second goal in the second period, and added two goals within an eight-minute span of the third period.
Erie is 2-0-0 at the annual four-team, round-robin tournament, and outscored its opponents 16-7 in those two victories. The Otters, who began play at the Memorial Cup on Saturday by beating the Seattle Thunderbirds, 4-2, next play host Windsor on Wednesday. Windsor also is 2-0-0. The winner of that game will earn a bye to the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday; the loser will be required to play in a single-game elimination semifinal with the third-place team on Friday.
"We're going to enjoy it," Strome said of Monday's win. "We're not just going to let a 12-5 win in the Memorial Cup fly out the window ... Tonight was one of our best games for the first 55 minutes. Obviously, it's going to be a much different game on Wednesday."
The Coyotes selected Strome with the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. This is his fourth and final season of junior hockey.