Marc Denis shut down the Manitoba Moose offence, stopping 30 of the 31 shots he faced to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over their North Division rivals at MTS Centre. A crowd of 8,178 witnessed new Bulldogs additions Mike Glumac and Yanick Lehoux score their first goals in a Bulldogs uniform in the opening of the American Hockey League season.
Lehoux scored the first Bulldogs goal of the 2008-09 season at 6:13 of the opening frame. Brock Trotter carried the puck
into Manitoba’s zone before sending a pass to Lehoux who skated in alone on goal and backhanded the puck between the legs of Manitoba starting goaltender Cory Schneider.
The Moose tied the game when Michel Ouellet beat Denis. Ouellet, who had just exited the penalty box, received a pass from Jason Krog before skating in and snapping a shot past Denis at 14:42 of the second stanza.
Glumac restored Hamilton’s one-goal lead at 16:47 of the middle frame. Glumac and Max Pacioretty skated into Manitoba’s zone on a two-on-one where the Niagara Falls, Ont., native elected to shoot the puck, rifling it over the blocker of Schneider to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 advantage. Nolan Baumgartner sent Krog on a breakaway near the middle of the final frame but Denis stood tall and robbed Krog to retain Hamilton’s lead.
Greg Stewart notched an empty-net marker with 14 seconds remaining in the game to seal the 3-1 win.
Schneider made 16 saves on 18 shots for the Moose.
The two teams are at it again tonight (Saturday,8:30 p.m.) at MTS Centre in Winnipeg.
The ‘Dogs home opener will take place on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m. when the Hartford Wolf Pack visit Copps Coliseum.
The game can heard on 820 CHAM or at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.
1. HAM – Yanick Lehoux-1 (Brock Trotter, Matt D’Agostini) – 6:13
2. MTB – Michel Ouellet-1 (Jason Krog) – 14:42
3. HAM – Mike Glumac-1 (David Desharnais) – 16:47
4. HAM – Greg Stewart- 1 (Ben Maxwell, Ryan Russell) – 19:46