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Sarnia's Boucher eclipses Stamkos' goal record

Saturday, 03.02.2013 / 11:09 PM / News
By Eric Marin
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Sarnia\'s Boucher eclipses Stamkos\' goal record

Reid Boucher used a hat trick to rewrite the Sarnia Sting's record books.

Boucher notched his fifth trick of the season on Saturday, reaching 60 goals and shattering Steven Stamkos' single-season team record of 58.

Boucher netted all three in the second period and buried the record-breaker on a breakaway. Sarnia (OHL) edged Saginaw, 8-7, to snap a two-game slide.

“I’m relieved more than anything else,” Boucher told SarniaSting.com. “I’ve been getting a lot of heat lately for not scoring in the last two games. I’m pretty happy.”

As for goal No. 59, Boucher added, “Scoring the record-breaking goal on a breakaway was pretty cool. I’m probably going to have a couple of bumps and bruises because I fell down after the puck went in.”

Sting head coach Jacques Beaulieu thinks Boucher's record will be safe for awhile, whatever the final total ends up being. Far from done, Boucher and the Sting still have five games remaining.

“It’s great to see him achieve what he did tonight," Beaulieu told the Sting's official website. "What did it take, five or six years to break Stamkos’ record? It could take 10 years to break the new record. This is a credit to Reid. He worked hard over the summer, shed 20 pounds and got stronger. His hard work has paid off.”

Boucher, the Devils' fourth-round selection, 99th overall, in 2011, becomes the first OHL player in five seasons to score 60 goals. Brett MacLean was the last to do it, collecting 61 for Oshawa in 2007-08, the same season Stamkos established Sarnia's mark.

Nearly a third of Boucher's goals came during a torrid February that saw him light the lamp 17 times in 13 games. His 21-point month included a season-high four-goal, six-point performance on Feb. 22.

Boucher has 16 multi-goal games this season, including two four-goal and three three-goal efforts.

The Lansing, Mich., native has 15 more goals than anyone else in the OHL. He leads the league in power-play markers (21) and game winners (10), and ranks fifth overall with 91 points.

Sarnia is back in action Friday versus London.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 82 24 43 16 67
P. Elias 65 18 35 -4 53
T. Zajac 80 18 30 3 48
A. Henrique 77 25 18 3 43
M. Zidlicky 81 12 30 -3 42
M. Ryder 82 18 16 -6 34
A. Greene 82 8 24 3 32
E. Gelinas 60 7 22 -3 29
D. Zubrus 82 13 13 1 26
R. Clowe 43 7 19 -10 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 16 15 12 .921 1.97
M. Brodeur 19 14 6 .901 2.51