The Colorado Avalanche got a surprising victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday afternoon, but what was more surprising was who the hero of the game was. Rookie defenseman Tyson Barrie scored the game’s lone goal less than a minute in overtime, finding the back of the net for just the second time in his young NHL career. The win was only the fourth for the Avalanche this month and helped snap a four-game losing streak.
Barrie is one of the best defense prospects in the Avalanche organization, and has showed an ability to get involved on the offensive end of the ice this season. He now has two goals and eight points in 17 games this season after failing to post any points in 10 games of NHL action last season. During the lockout Barrie had seven goals and 29 points for the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. He was a junior standout for the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL and was a third round pick of the Avalanche in the 2009 draft.
With an almost impossible climb needed to reach the playoffs this season, Colorado is at least getting a good look at the future of their organization. In coming seasons, Barrie could be joined on the blue line by Stefan Elliott, Cameron Gaunce and Duncan Siemens. Elliott and Gaunce are both currently playing for the Monsters while Siemens will turn pro next season.
Barrie may only have two goals to his credit, but odds are he won’t forget either one anytime soon.