Bulldogs take playoff opener on Desjardins’ shutout

The Hamilton Bulldogs will be looking to take a two-game lead in their American Hockey League North Division semi-final series after blanking the Manitoba Moose 2-0 on Thursday night at Copps Coliseum in the opening game.

Cedrick Desjardins stopped 21 shots for the shutout while Mike Glumac’s first period goal stood as the game-winner.

Glumac scored at 5:54 of the first frame. P.K. Subban sent a pass to Ryan White, who in turn relayed it to Glumac. Glumac blasted a slapshot from the top of the right faceoff circle and beat goalie Cory Schneider.

The ‘Dogs added their second marker at 3:37 of the final frame. White received the puck from Andre Benoit and skated behind the net before passing the puck to Ryan Russell. He ripped a shot that squeezed through the pads of Schneider.

Hamilton had 18 shots on net.

A crowd of 3,688 took in the game.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven Calder Cup playoff affair is set for Saturday (April 17) at 2 p.m. at Copps. The series then moves to Winnipeg for Games three, four, and five, if necessary. Fans can listen to the games on TALK 820 radio.

Tickets for the Hamilton Bulldogs’ Games 2 of the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or through charge-by-phone at 905-527-7666.