By: Alex Kinkopf
April 28, 2017 11:56 AM
Chris Mueller is no stranger to point production.
The Roadrunners’ seasoned forward put together a career year, finishing atop the roster in points recorded, and third among all players in the American Hockey League while dressing in all of the team’s 68 regular season games.
Consistency, after all, is key.
He capped off the season scoring at a torrid pace, hitting the score sheet in seven of the club’s final nine games, five of which included multi-point performances.
On the evening of April 7, as the Roadrunners made their first-ever visit to Winnipeg’s MTS Centre to take on the Manitoba Moose, Mueller had a hand in all four of the team’s goals, finishing the night with four points (2G, 2A) to his name.
Coming into the Roadrunners’ date with the Moose, Mueller was sitting on 400-career AHL points, a milestone he hit two games prior with an assist against the San Diego Gulls at Tucson Arena.
He was also two points shy of tying his single-season career-high mark of 60 points, which he compiled during the 2011-12 season with the Milwaukee Admirals.
With a goal and an assist in the first period of April 7's affair against the Moose, Mueller hit the 60-point mark, doing so when he beat Manitoba’s Jamie Phillips with a shot to the blocker side on a rush to tie the score 2-2.
He struck again later in the game, setting a new personal record with his 61st point, shoveling home his second goal of the contest to cut the Roadrunners’ deficit to one late in the second period.
With less than two minutes left in regulation, and with Marek Langhamer pulled from the net for an extra attacker, Mueller set-up Joe Whitney for the team’s fourth goal of the night with 1:41 left on the clock, ultimately sending the game to overtime.
For Mueller, it was his second four-point game of the season; his previous four-point performance came on November 27 at Tucson Arena, when he registered four assists in the Roadrunners’ 5-4 win over the Stockton Heat.
Mueller added five more points to his season total during the team’s remaining four games following his record-breaking night on April 7 to finish the campaign with 67 points (19G, 48A).
He finished the 2016-17 campaign behind only the Chicago Wolves’ Kenny Agostino and the St. Johns Ice Caps’ Chris Terry in scoring, averaging just under one point per game.