It was a big night for two of New Hampshire’s NHLers on Friday.
Canaan’s Gavin Bayreuther scored his first NHL goal, an empty netter with 2:10 remaining, helping to clinch the Dallas Stars’ 6-4 victory over the Ottawa Senators. Meanwhile, Manchester’s Zach Sanford scored his fourth goal of the season for the St. Louis Blues in their 6-2 rout of the Nashville Predators.
Bayreuther, a 24-year-old defenseman out of St. Lawrence University, was playing in his fifth NHL game. Called up from AHL Texas after the injury bug bit Dallas’ defense corps, now has a goal and one assist. Friday’s goal came after a faceoff in the Dallas end; he gained control at the blue line and, while falling to his knees, slid the puck down the ice and into the open cage.
Sanford, who turned 24 on Nov. 9, scored at the 36-second mark of the second period to give the Blues a 4-1 lead. Playing left wing, he collected a cross-ice stretch pass from Vladimir Tarasenko, moved in on Juuse Saros and wristed a shot over the goalie’s right shoulder from inside the left circle.
The victory was the first for Craig Berube as head coach of the Blues.
Sanford, a Pinkerton Academy and Boston College product, now has four goals and four assists in 14 games with St. Louis.
The Granite State’s other two NHLers, Orford’s Ben Lovejoy, a defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, and Merrimack’s Tim Schaller, a center for he Vancouver Canucks, have yet to score a goal this season. Each has three assists