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Kyle Calder scores game-winner as Marlies top Moose 2-1 in AHL action

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WINNIPEG - Kyle Calder scored the game-winner midway through the third period as the Toronto Marlies beat the Manitoba Moose 2-1 in American Hockey League play Saturday night.

Calder's fourth goal of the season came after he got behind Moose netminder Cory Schneider and tipped in teammate Tim Brent's backhand shot at 11:13.

Strong goaltending on both ends of the ice kept the game scoreless through the first period.

Toronto forward Justin Hodgman opened the scoring after Schneider got tangled up with his own defenceman.

Hodgman picked up a rebound off a Calder shot and only had to flip the puck into an open side at 7:45 of the second period.

The Marlies outshot the Moose 20-8 in the second, but couldn't add to their lead.

Manitoba's Michael Grabner tied the game at 4:17 of the third on a breakaway when his shot went between Toronto netminder James Reimer's pads and trickled in.

The Marlies outshot the Moose 40-34 on the night in front of a crowd of 13,532 at MTS Centre.

It was Toronto's first regulation win in six games and bumped up its record to 20-25-10.

Manitoba sits at 26-23-6, tied for third place in the North Division with Abbotsford.

The Marlies are in sixth place, one point ahead of Grand Rapids, which lost in overtime to Houston.

It was Toronto's first win in four game against Manitoba this season.

Manitoba travels to Rochester and Toronto for a pair of games against each club next week. Toronto also hosts Abbotsford and Texas during the same span.

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