MILWAUKEE- Bartley certainly put the Victor in victory in Friday night’s 3-1 win over the Charlotte, scoring the teams third goal and earning himself first star of the game. Forwards Chris Mueller and Kyle Wilson each contributed a goal in the W, while netminder Jeremy Smith made stops on 28 of 29 shots. All three of the Admirals goals were scored on the power-play.
Speaking of power-plays…
Referees Jarrod Ragusin and Shaun Davis kept the seats in the penalty boxes warm, assessing nine penalties (one of which was a double-minor for high sticking to make it 20 minutes worth of penalties) between the two teams in the first period alone. In total, the duo called 16 infractions, good for 46 total minutes of time in the penalty box. The Admirals capitalized on three of their man-advantages, while Charlotte was ended up going 0-8 on the night during their power-plays both of which coach Kirk Muller said the team worked on all week.
Milwaukee scored on two of their four first period power-plays, seeing goals from forwards Kyle Wilson and Chris Mueller. Just :19 into the Admirals second power-play of the night, Wilson netted his second of the season after taking taking a pass from Mueller between the dots.
Mueller and Wilson teamed up again on Milwaukee’s second power-play goal to give the Admirals a two goal lead. Forward Juuso Puustinen sent a pass up to Wilson, who passed it through the crease to Mueller who chipped it past goaltender Mike Murphy stick side.
Former Admiral Chris Durno put Charlotte on the board with the teams lone goal in the final three minutes of the second period after redirecting a blue line slap shot from forward Jerome Samson. Durno’s goal marked his first of the season, and first as a Checker.
Admirals defenseman Victor Bartley took back the two-goal lead with a power-play goal midway through the third period. Bartley passed back and forth to linemate Taylor Beck and sent a nice wrister in on Murphy gloveside to mark his second goal of the season. Bartley had this to say about the goal during the post-game press conference:
I saw Becker (Beck) was wide open so I thought we’d work a nice give-and-go and took the next shot and he gave it back to me and I tucked it over the goalies shoulder”
Besides the goal, Bartley had an impressive night, showing his abilities as a strong skater and an offensive intuition that proves invaluable on special teams. Coach Muller had nothing but praise for the 23-year defenseman:
“Barts (Bartley) has had a good start for us. He’s a good two-way defenseman… He keeps it simple and he’s been pretty valuable for us so far.”
Looking forward to tomorrow night’s game in Peoria, coach Muller expects a completely different style of play from the opponent, predicting that tomorrow night is going to be more of a battle because of the back-to-back games and travelling at night.
For the complete game summary from the American Hockey League, click here.
1. MIL Wilson, (2) (Mueller, Ellis), 13:15 (PP)1. MIL Mueller, (3) (Wilson, Puustinen), 15:15 (PP)2. CHA Durno, (1) (Samson), 17:033. MIL Bartley, (2) (Beck, Bourque), 8:15 (PP)