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Head coach Steve Spott feels Marlies miss chance in 2-1 shootout loss to Wild

Saturday, 03.29.2014 / 6:05 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Head coach Steve Spott feels Marlies miss chance in 2-1 shootout loss to Wild

TORONTO - Carson MacMillan and Zack Phillips scored in the shootout to help the Iowa Wild edge the Toronto Marlies 2-1 in American Hockey League action Saturday.

MacMillan faked a slapshot and then beat Marlies starter Garret Sparks in the first round. Then Phillips faked a shot, got Sparks moving before beating him glove-side in the third round.

The win snaps Iowa's five-game losing streak and earns the Wild a split against the Toronto Marlies this season.

Jamie MacQueen scored in regulation for Iowa (26-30-10), while Johan Gustafsson made 38 saves for his 12th win of the season.

Peter Holland had the goal for Toronto (40-20-6). Sparks made 24 saves in his first loss since Jan. 25.

Holland tied it 1-1, with his ninth of the season, at 1:12 of the third picking up the rebound off of a Kenny Ryan shot and beating Gustafsson stick-side.

MacQueen opened the scoring at 7:37 beating Sparks with a shot from the bottom of the face-off circle for his second of the season.

Prior to MacQueen's goal, Kris Foucault had a great scoring chance when his shot beat Sparks, but hit the post at 6:00 of the second.

Holland had an excellent chance to open the scoring at 16:00 of the first period, but put his shot off the side of the net with Johan Gustafsson out of position.

Toronto concludes their three-game, three night stretch, when they host the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday.

Notes: Rookie defenceman Eric Knodel made his professional debut replacing Korbinian Holzer for the Marlies. The Maple Leafs recalled forward Jerry D'Amigo from the Marlies on Saturday. Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre was a healthy scratch as Christopher Gibson backed up Sparks.

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