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FALCONS BLANK AMERKS BEGIND ESCHE

Robert Esche stopped all 30 shots he faced in his first game since being reassigned by the Phoenix Coyotes as the Springfield Falcons beat the Rochester Americans, 3-0, in the American Hockey League.

Jean-Guy Trudel, David Cullen and Ryan Huska scored for Springfield. Esche came close, too. Not once, but twice. Rochester (24-17-5) pulled goaltender Mika Noronen in favor of an extra skater with nearly three minutes remaining and Esche cleared the puck which grazed off the right goal post just before the buzzer sounded. Esche also and came within inches of scoring into an empty net at the buzzer.

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