Left wing Tyson Nash scored twice as the Toronto Marlies edged the Manchester Monarchs 4-2 in front of 2,386 fans at the Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday evening.
Manchester (35-14-6-1) is leading the Atlantic Division with 77 points. Toronto (22-28-2-4) is ranked fifth in the North Division with 50 points.
The Monarchs jumped on the scoreboard at 1:24 of the opening period when defenseman Eric Werner tallied his fourth goal of the season. Right wing Tim Jackman sent the puck deep. Toronto's defense tried to clear but center Gabe Gauthier kept the puck in the Marlies zone along the left wing boards. Gauthier wristed a shot on net that Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge stopped but the rebound bounced free and Werner one-timed it into the net for the early lead.
Right wing Brett Engelhardt tied the game at 1-1 at 8:19 of the first period when he scored his 19th goal of the season. Defenseman Marc Moro's shot was stopped by Monarchs netminder Barry Brust. Trying to cover up the rebound, Brust was sprawled out on his stomach searching for the puck. Engelhardt found the puck before Brust and flipped it into the open net. Left wing Colin Murphy also earned an assist on the goal.
The Marlies took the lead at 17:37 of the first period as right wing Ben Ondrus scored a power play goal by redirecting a shot from right wing Aleksander Suglobov. Defenseman Jay Harrison cradled the puck at the point before passing it over to Suglobov at the top of the right face-off circle. Suglobov snapped a wrist shot that was redirected by Ondrus into the top left corner of the net for the 2-1 lead.
Following a scoreless second period, Monarchs defenseman Peter Harrold tied the game at 2-2 with a power play goal, his fourth tally of the season, at 6:18 of the final frame. Defenseman T.J. Kemp skated down the left wing boards and passed the puck to Harrold at the center point. Harrold's slap shot skimmed the ice-surface, through bodies and over the goal line for the goal.
It didn't take long for Toronto to regain their lead as Nash redirected the puck past Brust for his 11th goal of the season at 9:42 on the power play. Defenseman Chris Harrington's snap shot from the right face-off circle deflected off of Murphy's body, then off of Nash and into the net for the 3-2 lead.
Nash scored a shorthanded empty net goal to finish off the Monarchs at 18:58 of the final period.
Brust took the loss with 24 saves. Pogge earned the win stopping 22-of-24 shots.
Manchester went 1-for-7 on the power play. Toronto was 2-for-8 with the man advantage.