MILWAUKEE - Brandon Kozun scored two goals and assisted on another while Drew MacIntyre stopped 27 shots as the Toronto Marlies beat the Milwaukee Admirals 5-2 on Saturday night in American Hockey League playoff action.
Sam Carrick, Korbinian Holzer and Jerry D'Amigo also scored as the Marlies took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
Calle Jarnkrok and Bryan Rodney replied for Milwaukee, which faces the daunting task of needing to win three straight, all in Toronto.
Special teams played a major role, as Toronto scored three times on the power play and killed off all seven of its penalties.
Milwaukee came out much stronger than Friday night yet still had the same 1-0 deficit after one period. The Admirals built a 15-7 edge in shots on goal, yet the Marlies scored the only goal.
Kozun fired a low wrister from the top of the left circle that found its way through traffic. Milwaukee goalie Marek Mazanec never saw it, and the Marlies had the lead at 18:51.
Carrick made it 2-0 at 8:07 of the second with his third goal of the series, scoring during a two-man advantage. Carrick was all alone at the left post and took a crossing pass from Trevor Smith straight across the goalmouth.
Milwaukee committed four penalties in a span of three minutes 15 seconds.
Milwaukee's power-play unit failed to generate much of a threat and did not muster a shot on goal in three of their power plays in the first two periods.
The Admirals finally got on the board in the first minute of the third period. Jarnkrok beat MacIntyre from inside the top of the right circle off a faceoff at 53 seconds. The Admirals had life, and another opportunity came their way when Toronto defenceman Dylan Yeo went to the box for four minutes on high-sticking just two minutes later.
The Marlies killed off all four minutes with little trouble, then added a big insurance goal on another power play. Mazanec stopped the initial shot by Holzer. But Mazenec lost sight of the puck, which was between his legs, and Kozun poked it in at 11:31.
Holzer added a third Marlies power-play goal at 17:21 of the third, and Rodney scored for Milwaukee with 1:06 left.
D'Amigo added an empty-net goal with 39 seconds left.