HAMILTON 3, BINGHAMTON 2
The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon in AHL preseason action at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls-Windsor, N.L.
David Desharnais led the Bulldogs to their second consecutive victory over the Senators with two goals.
The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 12:08 of the first period. Olivier Fortier sent a pass to Gabriel Dumont, who was positioned in the high slot. Dumont blasted a one-timer shot that sailed past Binghamton starting goaltender Barry Brust.
The Senators tied the game 1-1 at 8:51 of the second stanza. Roman Wick carried the puck over the Bulldogs’ blue line before snapping a shot on net. The shot beat Hamilton starting goaltender Peter Delmas on the blocker side.
Desharnais gave the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead 32 seconds into the third period. Aaron Palushaj dished the puck to Desharnais, who was located to the side of the net. Desharnais drove to the net and shoveled the puck past Brust and across the goal line. Desharnais then gave Hamilton a 3-1 lead at 4:44, grabbing his own rebound and firing a shot past Brust and into the back of the net.
Former Bulldog Andre Benoit cut Hamilton’s lead to one at 5:15 of the final frame. Benoit received the puck from Erik Condra while positioned in the high slot. Benoit wristed a shot from the point that traveled through traffic in front of the net before beating Delmas over the glove.
The teams meet on Sunday afternoon (12:30 p.m. ET) at Mile One Centre in St. John’s for their third and final game in Newfoundland.
TORONTO 4, ROCHESTER 3
The Rochester Americans fell to the Toronto Marlies, 4-3, on Saturday night at the Gaylord Powless Arena at Six Nations in Ohsweken, Ont. The win was the second in two days over the Amerks for the Marlies.
Marcel Mueller scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Greg Scott (1g, 1a) chipped in two points for the Marlies. Ben Scrivens was stellar in goal as he stopped 35 shots.
The big winner, however, was Six Nations Minor Youth Hockey who received the net proceeds from the game, courtesy of the Rochester Americans, Amerks owner Curt Styres in conjunction with Six Nations Parks and Recreation, and the Six Nations Council. It was the first professional hockey game played in Six Nations.
Before the game, former NHL coach of the year and current Amerks VP of hockey operations Ted Nolan (Garden River Ojibwa First Nation) joined Amerks owner Curt Styres, former Toronto Maple Leafs captain and NHL Hall of Famer George Armstrong, and former Boston Bruin and Mohawk Stan Jonathan for the ceremonial faceoff.
SPRINGFIELD 4, PROVIDENCE 3
Springfield scored four goals in a little more than seven minutes during the third period and held on for a 4-3 win over Providence in preseason action at the MassMutual Center on Saturday.
Jeff LoVecchio got the B’s back within a goal but Springfield held on to win.
Michael Hutchinson stopped all 13 shots he faced playing the first half of the game for Providence; Adam Courchaine made seven saves in the second half. Daren Machesney went the distance for the Falcons and finished with 31 stops.
ALBANY 4, ADIRONDACK 2
David McIntyre scored a pair of goals to lead Albany to a 4-2 win over Adirondack at Houston Field House on the campus of Rensselaer Polytechnic University.
McIntyre, who scored the overtime winner in the Devils’ win over the Phantoms on Friday night, opened the scoring 15 minutes into the first period, then broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winner on a power play early in the third.
BRIDGEPORT 5, HARTFORD 4
Coming off of a third period Friday night in which they scored five times, Hartford found the tables turned in the first period of Saturday night’s rematch with Bridgeport in Shelton, Conn., as the Sound Tigers exploded for five first-period tallies, including four in a span of 5:04, and then hung on the rest of the way for a 5-4 victory.
Justin Taylor had two goals in the Sound Tigers’ big first period, Brian McGuirk added a goal and an assist, and Brady Leisenring and Tony Romano also scored. Defenseman Jon Landry had a pair of assists.
Marc-Antoine Gelinas finished with 25 saves in the Sound Tiger net.
HERSHEY 5, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 1
Hershey got goals from defensemen Josh Godfrey, Dylan Yeo and Wes O’Neill along with Russian forwards Dmitri Kugryshev and Nikita Kashirsky in a 5-1 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Giant Center.
Godfrey and Kugryshev each had an assist as well for a two-point night and Andrew Joudrey recorded two assists for the Bears, who bounced back after a shootout loss to the Penguins on Friday.
Jason DeSantis scored the only Wilkes-Barre, a power-play marker. The Pens went 10-for-33 (30.3 percent) on the power play in four preseason games, scoring 10 of their 12 non-shootout goals with the man advantage.
OKLAHOMA CITY 4, TEXAS 2
Mike Egener, Anthony Aiello and Jarret Lukin scored third-period goals as Oklahoma City rallied for a 4-2 win over Texas in the Barons’ inaugural preseason opener in Cedar Park, Texas.
Dave Bonk had a goal and an assist and Bryan Pitton (25 saves) and Wayne Savage (6 saves) combined to stop 31 of 33 Stars shots on the night.
PEORIA 5, ROCKFORD 2
An early three-goal surge by the Peoria Rivermen was too much for the Rockford IceHogs to overcome as they fell 5-2 on Saturday at Carver Arena.
The IceHogs found themselves in familiar territory as they have started each preseason game trailing from the beginning in all four contests.
Pierce Norton put the Rivermen on the board first as he slid the puck past the glove of Hannu Toivonen at 1:52 in the first period. Then at 7:47, Ryan Palmer blasted the puck towards the net and Ethan Cox picked up the loose rubber and fired it to the back of the net.
The Rivermen went up 3-0 when Chris Morehouse out reached a diving Toivonen to bury the goal.
The IceHogs struck quickly in the second, when defenseman Ivan Vishnevskiy fired a puck past Peoria goaltender Ben Bishop at 1:12. Soon after though, the Rivermen were able to extend the lead back up to three goals when Tyler Shattock tapped home a puck sitting on the doorstep following a brief scramble in front of the IceHogs net.
The IceHogs were able to pick away at Peoria’s three-goal lead when a shot from Kyle Hagel poked out towards the left corner and a streaking Peter LeBlanc converted the rebound to cut the deficit to just two heading to the third period.
Then, at 6:57 in the third period, Peoria struck again to put the IceHogs away with a power-play tally. Sonne tipped in a Dean Arsene wrist shot to put the Rivermen up 5-2.
Toivonen turned away 17 shots in a losing effort, while Bishop stopped 21 shots to pick up the win.
MANITOBA 4, ABBOTSFORD 3
Another quick start in the first period propeled Manitoba to a 4-3 victory over Abbotsford in AHL preseason action on Saturday night in Portage la Prairie, Man.
In the third, the margin would be just one as Mitch Wahl would score a power-play goal at 6:38. But just like Friday night, despite peppering former Heat goaltender David Shantz with 11 shots in the third, Abbotsford could not find the equalizer.
J.P. Lamoureux turned aside 17 of 21 shots in the loss. Shantz picked up the win, turning aside 23 of 26 shots.
MILWAUKEE 3, CHICAGO 1
Chet Pickard made 13 of his 21 saves in the third period to backstop Milwaukee to a 3-1 win over visiting Chicago in preseason action on Saturday.
Former Admiral Darren Haydar scored for the Wolves.