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Sarnia's Boucher eclipses Stamkos' goal record

Saturday, 03.2.2013 / 11:09 PM ET / 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 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
L. Stempniak 55 15 25 6 40
M. Cammalleri 42 14 24 15 38
A. Henrique 53 18 18 14 36
K. Palmieri 55 20 15 3 35
T. Zajac 47 8 18 7 26
D. Schlemko 47 6 9 -8 15
A. Larsson 55 2 11 12 13
D. Severson 51 1 12 -1 13
A. Greene 55 4 6 2 10
J. Josefson 44 3 7 -14 10
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 24 16 6 .930 2.01
K. Kinkaid 3 5 1 .909 2.52
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