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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 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59