TORONTO - The Toronto Marlies converted the energy saved in Earth Hour into power, scoring a season-high four goals with the man advantage en route to a 6-1 victory over the visiting Manitoba Moose in American Hockey League action Saturday night.
"For a while there we were a static power play," said Marlies coach Greg Gilbert. "We were perimeter and no one was getting to the front of the net. Everyone was looking for the highlight reel goal. Tonight we got some pretty ugly goals, but they all count."
David Ling, Bryan Muir, Jay Harrison, Bates Battaglia and Robbie Earl scored for the Marlies in front of 3,981 fans at Ricoh Coliseum.
With the victory, Toronto has points in eight straight (7-0-0-1) and has five wins in eight March home games.
"They're working their backsides off and getting results and doing a great job right now," said an exuberant Gilbert.
Toronto goaltender, Scott Clemmensen was sharp when called upon, stopping 31 shots for the victory.
"Clemms (Clemmensen) played an outstanding game for us," Gilbert said.
He hinted at maintaining a rotation of goaltenders the rest of the way. "Poggs (Pogge) is going in tomorrow (Sunday). He has to get in there and stay fresh."
At the other end, Drew MacIntyre stopped 24 shot in the loss, snapping a four-game win streak.
Michael Grabner scored for the Moose (42-25-2-4).
"The guys are working hard on them," said Gilbert. "Its something we got away from for a while, we were moving the puck quick and guys were moving away from the puck to create opportunities."
Manitoba went 1-for-6 with the man advantage.
Toronto opened the scoring on the power play midway through the first when Ling redirected Brent Aubin's point shot for his 14th of the season.
They added to their lead when Ben Ondrus from the corner found Muir sneaking in off the opposite point, needling a pass the blueliner snapped behind MacIntyre for his fourth of the season.
Manitoba's Grabner thought he had the Moose on the board late in the first, but it was ruled that he hit the puck with a high stick.
Toronto took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Manitoba cut the lead in half early in the middle frame when Grabner found a loose puck off to the side of the Marlies net flipping it into the open short side behind Clemmensen.
The Marlies got that one back on the power play when Harrison scored his 11th with a bullet from the right circle that found twine behind McIntyre.
Less than two minutes later Mitchell fired a similar shot from the same spot that beat MacIntyre to pad their lead to 4-1.
Battaglia completed a three-goal outburst in the second was when he tapped in a Max Taylor pass from the top of the faceoff circle, for his 10th of the season and the eight Marlies player to hit double digits in goals.
Toronto took a 5-1 lead into the dressing room through 40 minutes.
Earl scored in the third period from a feed by Harrison to complete the scoring.
The Marlies host the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday.