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Toronto Marlies score three in first period to beat the St. John's IceCaps 4-2 @NHLdotcom

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - The Toronto Marlies scored three goals in the first period to cruise by the St. John's IceCaps 4-2 in American Hockey League play Tuesday.

Mike Zigomanis, Marcel Mueller and Joe Colborne gave Toronto (20-13-5) a 3-0 lead while captain Ryan Hamilton added a single in the second period.

Marlies goaltender Jussi Rynnas allowed one goal on 21 shots. Mark Owuya closed out the game with eight stops on nine shots after Rynnas took a slapshot to the mask in the third period.

Eric O'Dell and Jason King scored for the IceCaps (21-9-5), while starter David Aebischer was pulled after allowing three goals on 13 shots. He was replaced by Peter Mannino, who made 16 saves.

Zigomanis opened the scoring on a one-timer just 17 seconds into the game and Mueller added another on a one-timer less than two minutes later to make it 2-0.

Colborne increased the lead after his shot from the top of the slot bounced off a defender and into the air before dropping behind Aebischer.

Mannino started the second in goal and was beaten by Hamilton on a breakaway.

O'Dell put the IceCaps on the board at 16:27 in the second with a snapshot though Rynnas's pads.

King cut the lead to two after he tipped in a shot from Jason DeSantis on the power play at 6:23 in the third.

Toronto lost Colton Orr and Jerry D'Amigo to injuries. Orr hobbled off the ice and didn't return after getting tangled-up with a defender, and IceCaps defenceman Arturs Kulda crushed D'Amigo in the corner late in the game, drawing a boarding minor. D'Amigo skated to the bench but went straight to the dressing room.

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