The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their American Hockey League 2010-11 season with a 5-2 decision over the Rochester Americans on Friday night (Oct. 15). The ‘Dogs overcame a two-goal deficit with five unanswered goals by five different players while Robert Mayer earned the victory in net in Rochester.
Rochester opened the scoring at 16:54 of the first period while on the power play. Clay Wilson blasted a shot from the point which was stopped by Mayer. The rebound bounced onto the stick of Triston Grant, who fired the puck into the net. Less than two minutes later the Amerks took a 2-0 lead at 18:08 with their second power-play goal. Mike Kostka fed a pass to Wilson, who hammered a one-timer shot past Mayer.
With just 25 seconds left in the opening frame, the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard. Frederic St. Denis dished a pass to Kyle Klubertanz, who was positioned at the top of the faceoff circle. Klubertanz ripped a shot that beat goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
The ‘Dogs tied the game 2-2 at 2:56 of the second stanza while on the power play. Yannick Weber sent a pass along the blue line to Brendon Nash, who fired a shot towards the net. While positioned in front of Markstrom, Ben Maxwell redirected the shot into the net. David Desharnais gave Hamilton the lead at 9:43 with a power-play marker. Ryan White’s shot was stopped by Markstrom but Desharnais grabbed the loose rebound and whacked the puck past the goaltender.
Hamilton took a 4-2 lead at 9:19 of the final frame. Desharnais carried the puck behind the net before circling around and sliding a pass to J.T. Wyman, who was stationed on the opposite side of the net. Wyman banked the puck off the back of Markstrom and into the net. The Bulldogs scored their fifth unanswered goal at 17:36. Gabriel Dumont hustled towards the net and slid the puck to Andrew Conboy, who fired it past Markstrom.
Hamilton outshot Rochester, 31-21 before a crowd of 3,122.
The Bulldogs home opener today (Oct. 16) will have the Toronto Marlies visiting Copps Coliseum at 4 p.m. All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. All pre-game shows during ‘Dogs home games will be broadcast live from the main concourse at Copps Coliseum.