TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies returned home and just kept on winning.
Justin Pogge stopped 33 shots for the Marlies in a 3-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in AHL action Saturday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum.
The win extended Toronto's winning streak to three games following a stretch in which it lost five straight contests.
The Marlies' Mark Bell scored in the second period while Jiri Tlusty and Tim Stapleton, who had a two-point game, added third-period markers in front of 5,306 fans.
Luca Caputi answered back for Wilkes-Barre (10-7-1) just a couple minutes after Stapleton made it 2-0, but Tlusty added his first goal in nine AHL games this year to seal the win for the Marlies (7-7-2).
Strong as Pogge was for the vast majority of the game, he had a letdown with only 19 seconds remaining in the game when he allowed a weak shorthanded goal from outside the blueline on a shot by Deryk Lovejoy.
The Marlies have been getting very strong play from their goalies of late.
On the heels of a shutout by backup Adam Munro on Friday night in Binghamton, Pogge and Munro combined to blank opposing teams for 116 minutes and 23 seconds of play. Caputi ended the streak with his power play goal on a nice wraparound play 6:57 into the third.
That kind of crease excellence is especially helpful for a team that had outscored only four teams in the league entering Saturday's tilt.
The Marlies opened the scoring just past the midway point of the game. Stapleton won an offensive-zone faceoff cleanly back to Josef Boumedienne. The defenceman slid a quick pass to the high slot where Bell was waiting to one-time the puck home. The assist extended Boumedienne's point streak to four games.
Stapleton's goal came after he converted a beautiful pass from Boyd Devereaux, who fired the puck from the side boards right to his teammate on the lip of the crease.
Tlusty's insurance marker came when he tipped a Todd Perry point shot home with just over six minutes left.
Pogge was sharp right from the start, making 12 first-period saves. Toronto's best chance of the opening frame came when a point shot from Jamie Sifers glanced off the outside of the goalpost on Brown's stick side.
NOTES: Marlies centre Andre Deveaux served the third game of a four-game suspension stemming from a hit he made on Manitoba Moose defenceman Nolan Baumgartner on Nov. 15. ... Penguins left winger Chris Minard leads the AHL with 15 goals.