By Robin Short
Telegram Sports Editor
The hard-charging Toronto Marlies jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes and hung on for a 3-2 American Hockey League win over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night at Mile One Centre.
The Marlies dominated the IceCaps for 40 minutes, but St. John’s came to life with a pair of third-period goals.
By then, though, it was too little, too late.
Petter Granberg, Peter Holland and Sam Carrick had the goals for the 20-11-2-1 Marlies, who arrived in St. John’s in third place in the AHL’s Western Conference.
Kael Mouillierat and Andrew Gordon scored for the IceCaps, who fell to 18-15-1-2.
St. John’s actually held the advantage on the shot clock in the first period, but it was the Marlies – the former St. John’s Maple Leafs – who were on the scoreboard.
Granberg got things going early, redirecting David Broll’s shot past Eddie Pasquale 1:21 in on Toronto’s first shot on goal.
Toronto went up 2-0 just under two minutes later when Holland combined with Spencer Abbott and Wade MacLeod for a power play goal after Pasquale errantly fired the puck into the stands, drawing a delay of game penalty.
Carrick scored the only goal of the second period, in which Toronto outshot St. John’s 16-7, and the game appeared to be all but over given the Marlies’ domination.
But the IceCaps, to their credit, made a game of it in the final period of play. Mouillierat scored on a one-timer 5:17 in, breathing new life into the crowd and his teammates.
Gordon turned up the heat on the Marlies, beating Drew MacIntyre at 13:26, but that would be the last goal the Marlies goalie would permit.
MacIntyre finished with 27 saves, and Pasquale kicked out 34 pucks.
The teams go at it again 7:30 tonight.