TORONTO - Marlies head coach Greg Gilbert isn't a fan of shootouts - and Friday's loss likely won't change his mind.
Jason Bacashihua stopped 42 shots and David Jones scored the shootout winner as the Lake Erie Monsters handed the Marlies a 4-3 loss Friday night in AHL action.
Jones finally gave Lake Erie the win in the seventh round of the shootout, beating Toronto goalie Justin Pogge high over the glove.
David Ling, Brent Aubin and Anton Stralman beat Monsters goalie Bacashihua for the Marlies' shootout goals, while Jones scored twice for Lake Erie (6-11-0-2) and Chris Stewart and Brad Richardson each popped one apiece.
Gilbert didn't hide his disdain for the tiebreaking format after the game.
"I can't stand it," he said. "Honestly I don't like them ... but what do you do? It's part of the rules."
Despite the Marlies peppering Bacashihua with rubber all night, Gilbert said the shot total wasn't necessarily indicative of a big advantage - especially in the first period.
"We came out pretty well, had some good opportunities early and then got away and started curling and bobbing and weaving," he said. "When we got back to doing (what we should) in the second and third period, we had the play the majority of time in their end and created a lot of opportunities.
"But it's a 60-minute game and we've got to get it out of our heads that we're going to go out and do whatever we want to do because it's not going to work and we're going to pay the price for it."
Lake Erie held a 3-2 advantage entering the third, but John Mitchell pulled Toronto (13-4-0-2) even with his eighth goal of the year halfway through the final frame when a centring pass from Alex Foster clanked off a Lake Erie defender's skate and right to Mitchell in the slot. The centre quickly one-timed the puck into the top of the net past Bacashihua (5-6-0).
The teams traded goals just 41 seconds apart midway through the second period. Lake Erie's Brent Kelly banged home a rebound past Pogge (5-1-3) during a delayed penalty to the Toronto goalie for tripping.
But Marlies left winger Colin Murphy answered right back with his sixth of the campaign, blasting a slapshot from the top of the circle past Bacashihua for a goal Lake Erie's stopper would probably like another crack at.
Stewart put the Monsters up 2-1 less than five minutes into the middle frame when he snapped a shot past Pogge on the stick side on a 2-on-1.
After Lake Erie's Codey Burki opened the scoring with a shorthanded marker, Foster evened the game with his sixth tally of the year. The Marlies centre snagged a loose puck in the slot and fired it low past Bacashihua on the blocker side.
Both teams had 5-on-3 power plays in the first period, but failed to capitalize.
Gilbert clearly wanted a victory out of his team on the heels of a 6-1 home loss to Grand Rapids on Wednesday.
"We're going through a phase right now where we're not all on the same page," said Gilbert, whose team has dropped two straight. NOTES: - Lake Erie and Toronto have met six times this year, with the Marlies winning four times. ... Cody McLeod had two assists for the Monsters. ... Neither team scored a power play goal in eight chances apiece. ... Toronto was coming off a 6-1 home loss to Grand Rapids and have now dropped two straight contests.