Reid Boucher tallied 4 goals to lift his Sarnia Sting team to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa 67’s Saturday night.
Boucher wasted no time opening the scoring with just under two minutes into the opening frame. His shot from the high slot ripped past Jacob Blair and into the Ottawa net. With Connor Brown in the box for slashing, the Sting took advantage of their extra attacker. Boucher tapped in a rebound for his second of the game.
Craig Duininck gave the Sting a 3-0 lead in the 6:36 into the second period after beating a screen Blair from the low point. Shortly after tempers started to flair as two fights broke out within 8 seconds of each other. The first fight had Jacob Middleton dropping Alexandre Renaud after both guys connected with a several punches. The second fight Ryan Van Stralen took exception to a charge and muscled Mike Dipaolo down to the ice after taking quite a few shots to the head.
John Urbanic had a prime opportunity to get the 67’s on the board after he was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down on a breakaway. He shot high glove side but was denied by Sting netminder Knicholas Dawe. Instead, Boucher would continue is scoring streak after he beat Blair cleanly on a one timer late in the second that queued hats to rain down from the rafters. The Sting dominated the 67’s that period outshooting them 16-3.
Midway through the third, Boucher notched his 4th of the game and 35th of the season. The sophmore winger now has a clear 5 goal lead for first in the OHL’s goal scoring race. Dante Salituro would add a late third period goal to break Dawe’s shutout bid and get the 67’s their lone goal of the game.
The Sting snap a two game losing streak while the 67’s extend their losing streak to three games. The 67’s are off until January 18th when they host the Guelph Storm for the only time this season.