Corso, Falcons thwart Pirates

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Daniel Corso scored the first of his two second-period goals on a penalty shot to spark the Springfield Falcons to a 4-3 American Hockey League victory over the Portland Pirates Friday night.

Portland’s Petteri Wirtanen scored his second goal of the game 43 seconds into the third period to slice Springfield’s lead to 3-2.

But David Spina’s power-play goal at 6:19 restored the Falcons’ two-goal lead, 4-2.

Ryan Shannon, playing his first game since being sent back to Portland by the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks, made it a one-goal game again, 4-3, when he scored from close range midway through the third period.

Springfield goalie Karri Ramo stopped 15 of 16 third period shots en route to a 27-save performance.

Corso opened the scoring with a short-handed goal on his penalty shot, but the Pirates got that one back on the power play when Wirtanen beat Ramo from the slot to tie the score at 1-1.

The Pirates return home for a pair of games, beginning tonight at the Cumberland County Civic Center against the Worcester Sharks.

The Atlantic Division-leading Manchester Monarchs visit Portland for a game on Sunday at 4:05.

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