TORONTO — Jiri Tlusty slipped a shot through David Brown’s pads for his first goal of the season, giving the Toronto Marlies a 3-2 win against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Saturday evening at the Ricoh Coliseum. The loss snapped the Penguins’ winning streak at two games, giving the team a 10-7-0-1 record.
Tlusty’s tally gave Toronto (7-7-0-2, 16 points, fifth in North Division) a 3-1 lead with six minutes to play, and proved to be needed as Ben Lovejoy scored a short-handed goal with 21 seconds to play, giving the game its final score.
Brown made his first start in goal since opening night for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton ( 21 points, third in East Division) and stopped 23 of 26 shots.
Mark Bell snapped a scoreless tie midway through the game, netting his third goal of the season at 10:42 of the second period.
That score held until the 4:43 mark of the third period when Tim Stapleton extended the lead to 2-0 with his third goal of the season. That goal, coupled with an assist on Bell’s goal, stretched Stapleton’s scoring streak to three games (two goals, four assists) dating back to Nov. 19.
Toronto area native Luca Caputi snapped Justin Pogge’s shutout two minutes later, as the Penguins rookie scored on a power play to give him his second goal of the season, and first since Oct. 22.
Tlusty gave the Marlies the two-goal cushion before Lovejoy slapped home his third of the season from the blue line while playing a man down.
The Penguins finish up their three-game road swing this afternoon against the Lake Erie Monsters. Game time is 5 p.m. at the Quicken Loans Arena.
Notes: Penguins scratches were Jean-Phillippe Cote, Bill Thomas, Tim Wallace and Jean-Michel Daoust … The Penguins went 1-for-8 on the power play, while Toronto was held scoreless in six chances … Lovejoy set a career best for goals in a season with his third of the year … The Penguins lead the AHL with seven short-handed goals on the season.
Penguins at Lake Erie Monsters
5 p.m. today
Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland
Radio: The Mountain, WDMT 102.3 FM