ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - It took the St. John's IceCaps four tries to finally solve the Toronto Marlies on home ice.
Jason King scored just 19 seconds into the third period and the IceCaps avoided back-to-back home losses to Toronto with a 3-2 win in American Hockey League play Wednesday.
Shawn Weller and Jason Jaffray also scored for the IceCaps (22-9-5), who never surrendered a lead in the contest.
"Last night I thought we got outworked all over the ice," said Jaffray. "Tonight I thought we controlled the play for most of the game.
"It seems like we've played them a ton lately," he said of the seven matches between the clubs this season. "I'm happy to kind of dismiss them for a while."
David Aebischer allowed two goals on 25 shots after being pulled in a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Tuesday.
"(Aebischer) no doubt deserved to come back tonight," head coach Keith McCambridge said. "You can really see his resume and his background as a goalie start to rise to the top."
Mark Owuya made 35 saves for the Marlies (20-14-5). Owuya replaced Jussi Rynnas late in the previous game.
Weller opened the scoring for St. John's on the power play with a falling shot in the crease at 6:09 of the first.
Kyle Neuber tied the game for Toronto at 2:40 in the second with a deke that beat Aebischer, giving the enforcer his first point in 25 games.
"It's always good to get the first one out of the way," Neuber said.
"Sixty minutes of effort can be hard to put together. We pulled it together for bits and they might have pulled it together a little more than us. That's why they got the win."
Jaffray responded for the IceCaps at 10:33 with a top-corner slapshot on Owuya's stick-side.
The two-game series nearly boiled over in the second as a prolonged scrum led the referee's to hand out 2-minute roughing penalties and 10 minute misconducts to both Kenndal McArdle and Jesse Blacker.
King spun around from the right face-off dot and scored on a wrister to put St. John's ahead for good.
With 28 seconds left in regulation, Toronto's Greg Scott parked himself in the slot and snapped home a pass from Jerry D'Amigo to close within one.
Weller did not return to the ice after being crushed in the corner by Neuber. McCambridge was uncertain on his status after the win.
Colton Orr did not play for the Marlies after suffering a lower-body injury in Tuesday's game.