Bauchman, a three-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, now has 11 goals for the season and 80 goals for his prolific career. That is nine more goals than Eagle-Tribune Player of the Decade Paul Jaskot scored in his legendary career at Central Catholic (2003-07).
With five games to go in his high school career, Bauchman would need a tremendous effort to reach 100 goals.
But with 12 more tallies he would pass 2008 Eagle-Tribune Player of the Year Ryan Sifferlen of North Andover (91 goals) and former Salem star Pat Hallagan (89) for the most goals for an area player since the year 2000.
Red hot Raider
Central Catholic’s 1-1 tie with Austin Prep on Wednesday was a very unusual night for the Raiders.
Mike Kelleher didn’t score a goal.
Since the calendar turned to 2013, the Central star has been just about unstoppable, scoring at least one goal in eight straight contests.
Kelleher has scored 14 goals in 10 games since the new year. That includes two hat tricks (vs. Andover and Chelmsford) and two more two-goal games. The Raiders are 6-1-2 over that stretch.
The senior winger has been on fire the entire season, scoring an area-leading 20 goals.
Three games to get to
Saturday, Salem at Londonderry (Salem Icenter), 4:30 p.m.: A showdown of two of the top three teams in NH Division 1. The Blue Devils rolled over the Lancers 7-2 in their first matchup, but Londonderry is much improved. They share a rink, so it’s a home game for both teams.
Wednesday, Central Catholic at Malden Catholic (Malden Valley Forum), 7:10 p.m.: The two-time defending Super 8 champs eliminated the Raiders from the tournament a season ago in the Super 8 semifinals. MC features a bunch of locals including UMass Lowell-bound Tyler Sifferlen.
Wednesday, Pinkerton at Londonderry (Salem Icenter), 3:50 p.m.: The Astros have caught fire of late, while the Lancers will be coming off their big matchup with Salem. The two have not played yet, but face off twice in a matter of five games.