FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich. - Miami University forward linemates freshman Riley Barber and sophomore Austin Czarnik were named First-Team All-CCHA Wednesday, when the Central Collegiate Hockey Association announced both all-conference teams. The honor is the first for each while Barber becomes the first rookie first-teamer in the CCHA since 2003-04 when Michigan's T.J. Hensick and Michigan State's A.J. Thelen both received First-Team All-CCHA nods.
The RedHawks were the only team to place more than one player on the 2013 All-CCHA First Team, the third time in the last four years Miami has put at least two players on the first team, including three in 2010-11. The RedHawks have also now had at least one first-teamer each of the last six seasons. Barber and Czarnik become the 17th and 18th Miami players to earn first-team distinction while Miami has placed two players on the All-CCHA First Team eight times now in program history.
Czarnik led all vote-getters with 46 total points, including eight first-place votes, tying for the most of any recipient. Barber was fourth among voting, receiving 40 total points and five first-place votes. Freshman defenseman Matthew Caito earned Honorable Mention All-CCHA, as he totaled 15 points, including one first-place vote. Senior defenseman and captain Steven Spinell also received votes.
Barber, who was the lone unanimous CCHA All-Rookie Team selection on Monday, was joined by another freshman on the All-CCHA First Team in Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba. Western Michigan junior Dan DeKeyser was the other defenseman while Notre Dame junior Anders Lee was the other forward. Ohio State senior netminder Brady Hjelle collected first-team honors in goal.
Barber (Livonia, Mich.) led the RedHawks offensively, finishing with team highs of 36 points and 15 goals in 34 games, with his 36 points also the most among all CCHA players and the most among all rookies nationally. His 15 goals rank sixth in the CCHA while he added 21 assists, which ties for fourth in the league and was first among all NCAA freshmen. The skilled forward was named CCHA Gongshow® Rookie of the Week four times, more than any other freshman, and was tabbed CCHA Gongshow® Rookie of the Month twice (October and November), including Hockey Commissioners' Association National Rookie of the Month in October.
Barber totaled a team-high 11 multi-point games on the year and had a point in 19 of 28 league games. In league play, the Capitals prospect posted 30 points, which was second among CCHA players, as was his 1.07 points per game average. His 12 goals in league play tied for fourth in the league while his 18 assists in conference action were tied for second in the CCHA. Barber has three game-winning goals on the year and a +13 rating, as well.
Czarnik (Washington, Mich.), who was a CCHA All-Rookie Team honoree last year, has played in all 36 games while posting 33 points in his second season, which ties for fourth in the CCHA. The 5-foot-9 shifty forward was second on the team with 11 goals while his team-high 22 assists rank third in the league. He has six power play goals, three short-handed goals, which ties for the NCAA lead, and two game-winners. The 20-year-old has posted a +18 rating, which is third in the CCHA, and has 10 multi-point games this season, including three multi-goal outings.
Czarnik was named CCHA Player of the Month for October and also collected CCHA Postgame® Offensive Player of the Week after a five-point weekend vs. Alaska Nov. 30-Dec. 1. In league play only, he tied for fourth with 26 points while his 18 helpers tied for second. He added eight goals in CCHA action, including one game-winner and all three shorties. Czarnik also blocked 29 shots on the year.
The All-CCHA Second Team consisted of Ohio State sophomore Tanner Fritz, Bowling Green sophomore Ryan Carpenter and Alaska senior Andy Taranto for the forwards, seniors Luke Witkowski of WMU and Bobby Shea of Bowling Green on defense and Western Michigan sophomore Frank Slubowski as the goaltender.
Caito (Coto de Caza, Calif.) was the lone Miami defenseman to play in all 36 games. He totaled 18 points on the season, which ties for seventh in the CCHA among defensemen. Caito scored five goals during the year, all in league play, and dished out 13 assists. He earned CCHA Gladiator® Defenseman of the Week three times, more than any other defenseman. Of his 18 points, 16 came in league play. In addition, Caito leads the team with 63 blocked shots this year and carries a +11 rating.
The All-CCHA teams were selected by a vote of the league's head coaches and are based on performance in conference games. Coaches voted for the top three players at each position with a first-place vote worth five points, a second-place vote worth three and a third-place vote worth one point. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players. The Honorable Mention recipients are the next six highest point totals after the first and second teams were chosen, regardless of position.
All-CCHA First Team
Austin Czarnik, So., F, Miami
Anders Lee, Jr., F, Notre Dame
Riley Barber, Fr., F, Miami
Jacob Trouba, Fr., D, Michigan
Dan DeKeyser, Jr., D, Western Michigan
Brady Hjelle, Sr., G, Ohio State
Tanner Fritz, So., F, Ohio State
Ryan Carpenter, So., F, Bowling Green
Andy Taranto, Sr., F, Alaska
Luke Witkowski, Sr., D, Western Michigan
Bobby Shea, Sr., D, Bowling Green
Frank Slubowski, So., G, Western Michigan
Honorable Mention: Ryan Dzingel, SO, F, Ohio State, (2) 17; Domenic Monardo, SR, F, Lake Superior, (2) 16; Kyle Bonis, SR, F, Ferris State, (1) 16; Matthew Caito, FR, D, Miami, (1) 15; CJ Motte, SO, G, Ferris State, 14; Bryan Rust, JR, F, Notre Dame, 11.
Others receiving votes: Forwards - T.J. Tynan, JR, Notre Dame, (1) 8; Chase Balisy, JR, Western Michigan, 8; Cody Kunyk, JR, Alaska, (1) 6; Matt Thurber, SR, Northern Michigan, 4; Dane Walters, SR, Western Michigan, 4; Cristoval Nieves, FR, Michigan, 1; Reed Seckel, SO, Northern Michigan, 1; Garrett Thompson, JR, Ferris State, 1. Defensemen - Robbie Russo, SO, Notre Dame, (1) 9; Mac Bennett, JR, Michigan, (1) 8; Colton Parayko, FR, Alaska, 8; Jason Binkley, SO, Ferris State, 6; Simon Denis, SO, Ferris State, 6; Craig Dalrymple, FR, Ohio State, 4; Steven Spinell, SR, Miami, 4; Trevor Campbell, SO, Alaska, 3; Scott Macaulay, SR, Northern Michigan, 3; Curtis Gedig, JR, Ohio State, 1; CJ Ludwig, JR, Northern Michigan, 1. Goaltenders - Andrew Hammond, SR, Bowling Green, 8; Jared Coreau, JR, Northern Michigan, 6.