Capitals prospect Riley Barber scored twice in the Hershey Bears’ 5-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night, giving him a league-leading 31 goals on the season.
In his fourth season in the AHL, the 25-year-old Barber has his first season with more than 30 goals. His previous high was 26 goals in the 2015-16 season.
Barber’s first goal came at 1:33 of the second period to put the Bears up 3-0. The puck hit the far pipe–PING!–and went into the net.
Barber scored again just over three minutes later to put the Bears up 4-1.
Bridgeport’s Josh Ho-Sang coughed up possession in the middle of the ice and Hershey’s Mike Sgarbossa pounced on the loose puck. Sgarbossa fed the pass to Barber, who was crashing the net.
Barber’s 31 goals are the most in the AHL so far this season. Only one other player has 30, Chicago Wolves’ Daniel Carr.
The Capitals now own both the leading scorer in the NHL (Alex Ovechkin, 48 goals) and the AHL.
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