Barber wraps around Ohio State’s net. (Photo credit: Michael Griggs/Miami University)

Sixth-round 2012 draft pick Riley Barber has picked up this season right where he left off. In his first two games, a non-conference home-and-home between Barber’s No. 2-ranked Miami University and cross-state rivals Ohio State University, Barber scored seven points: two assists in the 6-2 road blowout on Friday and four goals and one helper in a 6-3 convincing home win on Saturday. Barber, who plays right wing on his team’s top line with Max Cook and Austin Czarnik, now leads NCAA in goals and points.

Barber’s goals are at the beginning of the video, 0:30, 1:20 and 2:30 marks. His assist is at 1:55 mark.

In Saturday’s game, Barber scored a “Mario Lemieux hat trick”, finding the net on the power play, at even strength, and while shorthanded. Just 14 seconds into the contest, Barber scored on a great power move to the net. A little over five minutes later, Barber sent home a loose puck up close to make it 2-0. Late in the second period, Barber scored the eventual game-winner — a power-play wrist shot from the “Ovi spot” on the left circle.

With five minutes left, Barber won a battle in his own zone, allowing defenseman Trevor Hamilton to set up Czarnik for a breakaway to make it 5-2. OSU pulled their goalie while on the powerplay with three minutes left, and Barber picked up his fourth then: a shorthanded empty-netter from the half wall in his own zone.

Barring injury, the 19-year-old should be a lock for the World Juniors Team USA this winter, where he’ll likely play a cornerstone role, especially considering that only four of 2013 World Junior winners are eligible to return, and Barber is one of them.

  • Chris Cerullo

    He reminds me of Brian Gionta but obviously not 5’7.

  • E Harris

    Miami looks scary!

  • remrats

    Don’t get too excited. I’m sure once he’s ready for the NHL the Predators will need another forward.