TORONTO - Playing the Toronto Marlies was the perfect remedy for the ailing Quad City Flames.
The Marlies were downed 3-1 by the Flames, who snapped a four-game losing streak during American Hockey League action on Saturday afternoon.
David Van der Gulik, Jamie Lundmark and Warren Peters all tallied for Quad City, while goalie Matt Keetley (2-3-0) picked up the win in front of 1,930 fans at Ricoh Coliseum.
Andre Deveaux drew Toronto to within two goals with his tally less than seven minutes into the third period, but the Marlies could get no closer.
The Marlies (2-3-1) were whistled for eight minor penalties, leading to a pair of man-advantage goals for the Flames (2-4-1).
Toronto also struggled when granted power plays of its own, going 0-for-7 in the game.
Already leading 1-0, the Flames extended their advantage with two goals just 49 seconds apart prior to the mid-way point of the game.
Lundmark scored on a power play when a centring pass bounced off a Marlie defender at the top of the crease and found his stick at the side of the net. He quickly fired the puck past a helpless Justin Pogge.
Then Peters broke in alone on Pogge (2-3-1), pulled the puck to his backhand and slid it between the goalie's pads to make it a three-goal lead.
Deveaux's goal came on a bang-bang play. Kris Newbury hustled into the corner to grab a loose puck, then whisked a quick pass that was one-timed home by Deveaux from close in.
Quad City got the only goal of the first period on a power play. Kyle Greentree made a terrific pass to Van der Gulik in the slot and he quickly wired a nice wrist shot past Pogge on the blocker side.
Toronto had a pair of man advantages late in the first frame, but couldn't capitalize. Darryl Boyce had the best chance when Newbury found him with a nice cross-ice pass, but Boyce failed to convert the one-timer, clanging the puck off the side of the net.
NOTES: Jiri Tlusty, sent down by the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier in the day, went pointless in his first game of the season with the Marlies ... The Marlies conclude a five-game home stand tomorrow afternoon with a game versus the Houston Aeros ... Toronto debuted its new third jersey which features mascot Duke the Dog as the main logo.