Barber battles Bemidji State’s Radoslav Illo (Photo credit: Monte Draper/Bemidji Pioneer)
Washington Capitals’ sixth-round 2012 pick Riley Barber continues to put up huge numbers in the NCAA. A sophomore at Miami University, Barber is currently tied at third in points in the nation along with linemate Austin Czarnik and Caps’ development camp invitee Sam Anas from Quinnipiac.
Entering Saturday night’s non-conference match-up with Bemidji State University, Barber had been in a bit of a slump by his standards with zero goals and just five assists in the last six games. More importantly, Miami fell outside the top 10 in national polls with just one win in six games.
On Friday, for the first time this season, Barber and Czarnik were separated by coach Enrico Blasi. Miami went on to tie with Bemidji.
The following day, Blasi reunited college hockey’s most dynamic duo, and the results were spectacular — Barber scored a goal and recorded three assists while Czarnik got five helpers as Miami routed Bemidji State 6-3.
The assist is at the beginning of the video– at 1:10 and 2:05. The goal is at 1:50.
Barber’s first point of the night came just 11 seconds into the game; his backhand shot caught Beavers’ goalie Reid Mimmack by surprise as Devin Loe, who played left wing with Czarnik and Barber, was first to get to the rebound.
On his second assist, Barber dug the puck out of the corner and crashed the net. He thought he had one, but instead Devin Loe got credit: it was his second effort that pushed the puck into the net.
Barber’s goal was a shorthanded marker, his third shorty of the year, most in the NCAA. After Bemidji fumbled the puck trying to enter the zone on the powerplay, Czarnik sprung Barber on a breakaway and 19-year-old Michigander put the puck between the pads of Mimmack.
Late in the game, Barber added another assist to his stat line. After carrying the puck to the attacking zone, Barber dropped it to Czarnik who was wide open on his right. Redhawks’ playmaker got too much time and space and fed it perfectly to Alex Wideman, whose snipe to cap off a rush gave him his second goal of the night.