‘Dogs earn shutout, Stars edge Rampage

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Binghamton Senators 3-0 on Thursday night at Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, in both teams’ 2010 preseason debuts.

Robert Mayer made 36 saves for the shutout win while J.T. Wyman scored two goals and added an assist.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 17:31 of the first period. Frederic St-Denis collected the puck at the blue line before snapping a shot towards the net. The puck banked off of J.T. Wyman before squeaking past Binghamton starting goaltender Mike Brodeur.

The ‘Dogs took a 2-0 lead at 3:01 of the second stanza. David Desharnais released a shot from the blue line that banked off Wyman, who was stationed in front of the net. The puck bounced past Brodeur and into the back of the net.

Midway through the second period, Barry Brust replaced Mike Brodeur in the Binghamton net.

Aaron Palushaj gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead at 17:53 of the final frame. Andreas Engqvist dished the puck to Palushaj, who dashed towards the net and backhanded a shot that was stopped by Barry Brust. Palushaj grabbed the loose rebound before burying the puck past the goaltender and into the back of the net.

The ‘Dogs will battle the Senators for two more preseason games – on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, and on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. EST in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Texas opened its preseason slate with a 2-1 win over San Antonio on Thursday at the Ice & Golf Center at Northwoods.

Nino Musitelli scored 1:04 after the opening faceoff for the Stars and then assisted on a power play goal by Kael Mouillierat 5:21 into the second frame.

San Antonio finally got on the board at 2:06 of the third period when Colin Long beat Stars backup goaltender Adrien LeMay to cut his team’s deficit in half.

The Rampage were unable to get the equalizer, however, as LeMay finished with 16 saves on 17 shots in the victory. Texas starting goaltender Michael Teslak turned aside all 10 shots he faced in 32:11 of action.