Michigan natives Czarnik, Barber honored by CCHA for October monthly awards

Austin Czarnik (Photo courtesy of the Miami RedHawks)

By Michael Caples - 

The Central Collegiate Association announced today that two Michigan natives playing for Miami have been selected for the league monthly honors.

Sophomore forward Austin Czarnik, a Washington native, is the league’s player of the month, after posting eight points in October. Meanwhile, his teammate, Livonia native Riley Barber, is freshman of the month, after recording the same amount of points.

The two players are tied for the top spot in league scoring, one point above Michigan captain and Bloomfield Hills native A.J. Treais.

Czarnik, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound forward, has recorded three goals and five assists in a month where the RedHawks posted a 4-1-1 record. His five assists are the most in the CCHA. The Washington native has had a point in five of his six games, and he currently holds a plus-six rating. Czarnik has demonstrated strong play at both ends of the ice, having recorded 23 shots, while blocking nine.

Riley Barber (photo courtesy of the Miami RedHawks)

Honorable mentions for CCHA Player of the Month honors went to Alaska junior forward Cody Kunyk, Ferris State senior forward Kyle Bonis, Lake Superior junior defenseman Zach Sternberg, Michigan’s Treais and Western Michigan junior defenseman Dan DeKeyser.

Barber, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound forward, has totaled four goals and four assists in the same time frame. He’s a sixth-round pick of the Washington Capitals from last summer’s NHL Entry Draft. Barber scored his first collegiate goal on Oct. 13 against Colgate – a power-play marker – and scored on both nights of the RedHawks’ series with Providence on Oct. 19-20. Plus, he recorded a goal and an assist in the RedHawks’ road win over Michigan on Oct. 27.

Honorable mentions for the Gongshow Rookie of the Month honors went to Alaska defenseman Josh Atkinson, Bowling Green goaltender Tommy Burke, Michigan defenseman Jacob Trouba and Ohio State goaltender Collin Olson.