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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 68 16 24 -3 40
M. Cammalleri 61 25 13 4 38
P. Elias 62 11 20 -17 31
S. Gomez 51 7 24 -7 31
S. Bernier 60 13 14 3 27
T. Zajac 67 11 12 -3 23
A. Larsson 57 3 19 2 22
A. Greene 75 3 17 2 20
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
E. Gelinas 55 6 11 -2 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 27 8 .928 2.19
K. Kinkaid 5 5 3 .918 2.47