Barber Scores 4 as Miami Sweeps Ohio State
CHN Staff Report
OXFORD, Ohio The first night of the season, Miami got scoring from all over the place. On Saturday, it came from the "stars."
Riley Barber scored four goals, and fellow All-America candidates Sean Kuraly and Austin Czarnik added one each, as Miami completed a two-game sweep of Ohio State with a 6-3 win. The former CCHA rivals were playing a non-conference series, now as members of different leagues — Miami in the NCHC and Ohio State in the Big Ten.
"The first weekend, it's a hugh in-state rival, and we get two wins," Miami coach Enrico Blasi said. "That's a great start for our team. We can build from that."
Three of Barber's goals were assisted by Czarnik.
"It's carrying over from last year, we know where each other are on the ice," Barbey said.
Miami had a total of 12 goals over the two games.
"We've been opportunistic on some of our chances, guys are doing a good job finishing them off," Blasi said. "But we need to do a better job in all three zones. Guys have to be more determined with the puck."
"Ohio State's forwards are as good as any in the country and they come at you in waves. I thought our guys handled themselves well. We're going to see a lot of that in weeks to come. I thought our gap control was better tonight, I thought we made better decisions with the puck, but still, it's a work in progress."
Miami starts its NCHC schedule with two home games against North Dakota next weekend.
"It's exciting starting a new league ... but at the end of the day, it's still hockey," Blasi said.