HELSINGBORG, Sweden – It appears Riley Barber’s spot on the U.S. Junior National Team is clinched.
Miami’s sophomore forward was named captain of Team USA on Sunday, one day before the squad’s final cut leading into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) World Junior Championships (WJC). Barber recorded a pair of assists in Team USA’s two pre-tournament games against Sweden and Finland.
The WJC runs from Dec. 26, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014 in Malmö, Sweden. Team USA begins group play against Czech Republic on Dec. 26. The Pittsburgh, Pa., native was one of Team USA’s top performers in the 2013 WJC, posting six points on three goals and three assists to help the Americans win a gold medal in Ufa, Russia.
Before joining the junior national team, Barber was tied for the RedHawks’ team lead with 28 points (11g, 17a). His point total is tied for the second most among all NCAA players. He also ranks fourth nationally with 17 assists and leads the nation with three short-handed goals.