And it could not have come at a better time.
The 6'2, 200-pound Bourque, who had not dented the twine in 241 previous regular-season and playoff contests, buried a slapper from the high slot at 15:29 of the first period to spark Owen Sound to seven unanswered goals in a 7-1 blowout of powerhouse Sault Ste. Marie on Sunday.
The milestone goal earned Bourque first star honours in the game, and the win evens the OHL Western Conference semifinal series at three games apiece. The deciding Game Seven will be Tuesday night in Sault Ste. Marie, with the winner facing Kitchener (who eliminated Jordan Kyrou and the Sarnia Sting on Sunday) in the Western Conference Final.
2017 first-round selection Robert Thomas and the Hamilton Bulldogs take on the Kingston Frontenacs in the Eastern Conference Final starting Wednesday.