Riley Barber scores his second goal of the game. (Photo credit: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images).
At 4am EST Wednesday morning, on the other side of the globe, the United States junior national team blew out the Czech Republic, 7-0. Caps prospect Riley Barber had his second big game of the tournament, this time scoring two goals after being held off the scoreboard for the previous three.
Video of his goals are below.
Barber’s goals are at 2:18 and 3:00 marks.
In the second period with Team USA already up 3-0, Barber scored both of his goals three and a half minutes apart. First, he used a perfect pass from Alex Galchenyuk to one-time the puck into a half-open net. Next, towards the end of a penalty kill on his very next shift, Barber poke-checked the puck away from Czech defenseman David Musil at the blue line, then raced in alone on a breakaway. After a deke, Czech goalie Matej Machovski fell over, giving Barber the layup. It pushed Team USA to a 5-0 advantage. The goal did not count as a shorty because the penalty expired first.
Team USA also got goals from Johnny Gaudreau (hat trick), Ryan Hartman, and JT Miller.
Barber, who led Team USA with five shots, could have easily had four goals. In the first period, he had a yawning net, but Czech forward Tomas Hertl blocked his shot with his body.
Photo credit: Andre Ringuette/HHOF-IIHF Images
In the third period, Barber and his teammates had a three-on-one, but Machovski made a big stop on the Miami University freshman.
Team USA will play against Canada in a semifinal Thursday at 4AM. In the other semifinal game, Russia will play defending champion Sweden (featuring Caps prospects Filip Forsberg and Christian Djoos) at 8AM. Both games will be on the NHL Network.
Wake up early. These games will be worth watching.