Blackhawks prospect Evan Barratt scored his first goal for the American men’s national junior team in his first game at the World Junior Championship on Friday.
Barratt’s goal gave the United States a 2-1 lead over Slovakia at 5:43 of the third period.
The Penn State sophomore took the puck from below the goal line then skated to the area between the faceoff circles before ripping a backhander into the net past goaltender Samuel Hlavaj.
Evan Barratt is the best player on the ice and you can't tell me otherwise pic.twitter.com/UGp5M4GXyK— Patrick Burns (@PatrickBurns_) December 27, 2018
The Blackhawks drafted Barratt in the third round of the 2017 NHL draft.