FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - For the second straight week, a member of Miami's hockey team was honored by the CCHA as freshman forward Riley Barber was tabbed Gongshow Rookie of the Week, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced Monday.
Barber (Livonia, Mich.) was stellar against Providence last weekend, totaling two goals and two assists in a tie and a win against the Friars for a four-point weekend. He scored Miami's only goal in a 1-1 tie Friday, pulling the RedHawks even in the second period. Saturday he recorded his first multi-point game with a goal, the first of the game, and the first two assists of his career in a 4-3 overtime win. His second assist was the primary helper on the game-winner in overtime.
Barber has now scored a goal in three straight games after one in each game against the Friars. He posted a +3 rating on the weekend, including +2 Saturday. Barber was the No. 2 star of the game Friday and the No. 3 star Saturday, playing a role in four of the five goals Miami scored on the weekend. He ranks fourth in the country among rookies with 1.25 points per game and is tied for first among freshmen with three goals on the year.
Barber and the RedHawks are back on the ice this weekend as they open CCHA play at No. 6/6 Michigan Friday and Saturday at Yost Ice Arena. Puck drop is set for 7:35 p.m. both nights.