TORONTO - Jake Gardiner had a goal and two assists as the Toronto Marlies held on for a 5-4 victory over the visiting St. John’s IceCaps in American Hockey League action on Sunday afternoon.
After a scoreless opening period, five different Marlies players had goals in the second period. Kenny Ryan, Will Acton, Gardiner, Jerry D’Amigo and Carter Ashton each scored as Toronto led 5-1 going into the final period.
The Marlies scored three times in a five-minute span midway through the second period, then added two more goals late in the frame.
Kael Mouillierat, Ben Maxwell, Patrice Cormier and Spencer Machacek replied for the IceCaps (23-29-3), who have lost seven of their past nine games. Mouillierat added two assists while Dean Arsene chipped in with two helpers.
Toronto opened the scoring at 5:23 of the second period when the puck bounced to Ryan in the slot and he wired a wrist shot past Dekanich. Less than three minutes later, Acton was credited with a goal off of a scramble in the IceCaps’ crease at 8:08. Two minutes after that, Gardiner hammered a slapshot past Dekanich during a 5-on-3 power play at 11:10.
D’Amigo made it 4-0 for Toronto when he broke in alone and deked Dekanich at 16:36. Mouillierat put the IceCaps on the scoreboard with a short-handed effort at 18:42, but Ashton replied less than a minute later when he broke in on a partial breakaway and slipped the puck between Dekanich’s legs at 19:23.
Maxwell’s slapper from the right point made it 5-2 at 11:49 of the third period, while Cormier scored a power-play marker at 18:59 and Machacek beat Owuya at 19:51 to round out the scoring.
Toronto was 1-for-4 on the power play while St. John’s went 1-for-6.
The IceCaps conclude their six-game road trip with a visit to Hamilton to face the Bulldogs on Tuesday, while the Marlies host the Rochester Americans on Wednesday.
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