Barber celebrates. (Photo credit: Francois Laplante/HHOF-IIHF Images)
Capitals sixth-round pick and Team USA captain Riley Barber improved his scoring streak to four games with a shorthanded goal in Tuesday’s 3-2 loss to Canada.
Barber opened up scoring early in the second period, but Canada took the lead back thanks to the goals by Nic Petan, Connor McDavid, and Curtis Lazar. Late in the third, Stefan Matteau brought the Americans’ deficit to one, but they couldn’t bring this game into overtime.
Barber’s goal came the same second Canada’s Taylor Leier exited the penalty box, giving his team man advantage, thus making Barber’s strike a shorthanded marker. USA’s first-line right winger fetched the puck behind the net and spotted Canadian goalie Zach Fucale, waiting for him on the left side of the goal. Barber instead went to the right side, banking the puck off Fucale’s skate and into the net.
The Caps prospect is known for creating offense while his team has a disadvantage: he’s tied for the NCAA lead in shorthanded goals (3) and points (4).
Barber was named USA’s best player of the game. He is now tied for the tournament lead in goals (4) with six other players.
Barber’s goal is at 1:15 mark.
The regulation win was the only outcome that could have given Canada first place in the group. On Thursday, USA will face Russia, which lost its two last games to Finland and Sweden, in the quarterfinal at 6AM Eastern.