Mercyhurst Finds Steady Leader in Barach

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December 6, 2018
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by Melissa Burgess/CHN Reporter

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Mercyhurst Lakers forward Derek Barach first put on skates when he was only three years old.

He wasn’t a big fan.

“I absolutely hated it,” Barach said. “I couldn’t skate, I wasn’t very good at it. I didn’t want to listen to skating instructors. My dad willed me into it, bought some ice and took me out there.”

Safe to say, things changed quickly for the now 23-year-old, who’s suiting up for his fourth season with the Lakers.

“Once you get into game-like action, you can’t put into words what it feels like to be on the ice, compete, score goals and help your team win,” Barach said, speaking of the camaraderie of the game.

“I definitely fell in the love with the game pretty quickly after that.”

Eventually, Barach ended up playing in a showcase in New Jersey, where assistant coach Robert Ferraris saw him. Ferraris brought him into Mercyhurst for a visit, and it’s been a great fit since.

“They’ve given me everything I could ask for here,” Barach said.

Through his three seasons at Mercyhurst so far, Barach has put up 107 points in 112 games. This season, things seem to be working pretty well for him. He recently registered six points in the Lakers’ weekend series against Bentley, including five goals.

As a result of his stellar performance, Barach has earned a number of accolades, from Atlantic Hockey player of the week to the number one star of the week for the NCAA. It was a big weekend for both Barach individually and his team.

“Obviously the weekend was successful both for me and my team,” he said. “Coming into the weekend, we were coming off getting swept by Robert Morris, so we weren’t feeling too good.”

“Prior to that, …

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