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Sunday silence: Goalies rule the day

Seven goaltenders posted shutouts in the AHL on Sunday, including Rochester’s Ryan Miller, who made 35 saves for his league-leading eighth goose egg of the season to lead the Amerks to a 2-0 win over Cleveland.

A crowd of 15,288 fans was on hand at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo to watch the Americans win their 48th game of the season. Rochester also ran its home points streak to 23 games (20-0-1-2).

Paul Gaustad scored late in the first period and Rory Fitzpatrick added a shorthanded tally early in the second to provide all of the offense in the game.

The Barons missed an opportunity to move into a four-way tie for fourth place in the North Division. Instead, Cleveland remains two points back of Edmonton, Syracuse and Hamilton.

Miller improved to 38-13-4 on the season with the win.

Elsewhere on Sunday:
Wade Flaherty made 21 saves to lead Manitoba over Houston, 2-0… Ahren Nittel scored at 4:01 of overtime and Scott Clemmensen turned aside 11 shots as Albany beat Bridgeport, 1-0… Brent Krahn made 27 saves for Lowell in a 4-0 win over Springfield… Mathieu Garon stopped 35 shots for his seventh shutout as Manchester blanked Providence, 1-0… Mike Souza scored twice and Peter Budaj made 23 saves to lead Hershey past Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-0… R.J. Umberger recorded a goal and two assists and Neil Little finished with 32 saves for Philadelphia in a 5-0 win over Portland… David Cornacchia recorded three assists to help Utah to a 4-1 win over San Antonio… Joey MacDonald stopped 33 shots as Grand Rapids beat Edmonton, 4-1.