Wyman starts pre-season with a bang

200px-hamilton_bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs blanked the Binghamton Senators 3-0 on Thursday night in their first pre-season game of the 2010-11 American Hockey League schedule at Pepsi Centre in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

Robert Mayer made 36 saves for the shutout 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 Wyman before squeaking past Binghamton goaltender Mike Brodeur.

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

Mid-way 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 Brust. Palushaj grabbed the rebound before burying the puck into the net.

Hamilton was outshot, 36-33.

The ‘Dogs will host the Senators for two more pre-season games in Newfoundland: Saturday, Oct. 2 at 12:30 p.m. EST in Grand Falls-Windsor; and the next day at 12:30 p.m. EST in St. John’s. The games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM.

Hamilton will open its 15th AHL season on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7:35 p.m. when they travel to Rochester to battle the Americans. The Bulldogs home opener at Copps Coliseum is Saturday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies.