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Ramo, Falcons shut down Sound Tigers

The Springfield Falcons, behind 34 saves by rookie goaltender Karri Ramo, shut out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3-0, on Sunday in their only visit to the Arena at Harbor Yard this season.

The victory made for a triumphant return to Harbor Yard for Falcons head coach Steve Stirling, who spent two seasons behind the Bridgeport bench and led the Sound Tigers to the Calder Cup Finals in 2002.

Norm Milley scored twice, Zdenek Blatny had a goal and Eric Healey added a pair of assists as the Falcons snapped a four-game losing streak.

Ramo, a 20-year-old Finnish netminder who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004, robbed Jeff Tambellini twice on a rush in the first period and preserved the shutout by making a nice save on Sound Tigers rookie Blake Comeau.

Wade Dubielewicz got the call for Bridgeport, making 24 saves in defeat.


PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 3
Shawn Thornton snapped a 3-3 tie with 4:23 left in regulation, sending Portland on its way to a 5-3 win over Binghamton and pushing the Pirates to 6-0-0-1 on the season.

Defenseman Clay Wilson recorded a goal and two assists for Portland, which trailed by a goal three times on the day.

Ryan Carter, Bjorn Melin and Drew Miller also scored for the Pirates, who finished with a 41-19 edge in shots over the Senators.

Josh Hennessy led Binghamton with a goal and an assist.


TORONTO 4, PEORIA 3
Toronto scored four first-period goals and held on for a 4-3 win over Peoria at Ricoh Coliseum.

Jiri Tlusty and Carlo Colaiacovo had a goal and an assist each for the Marlies, and Mikael Tellqvist made 31 saves.

The Rivermen, who are 1-2-0-1 thus far on their six-game road trip, got a pair of goals from Charles Linglet in the loss.


IOWA 5, SAN ANTONIO 1
Loui Eriksson scored twice and Chris Conner and Joel Lundqvist recorded three assists each as Iowa upped its season-opening winning streak to six games with a 5-1 win over San Antonio.

Tobias Stephan made 19 saves for the Stars, who join Rochester as the only AHL teams with perfect records in 2006-07.

Janos Vas, Vadim Khomitski and Junior Lessard also scored for Iowa. Yanick Lehoux had the lone goal for the Rampage, who have dropped seven of their last eight.