The Toronto Marlies finished off a three-in-three as they slipped by the Utica Comets 2-1 Sunday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum.
Sven Baertschi (1-0-1) scored for the first time as a member of the Comets, and has now collected four points in the three games he has played since being traded to Utica. Joacim Eriksson made 25 saves en route to second star honors.
Toronto scored all the goals they would need in the first period. Byron Froese knocked home a short-handed goal 6:34 into the game, from just outside the crease. Troy Bodie earned the assist on the goal.
With just 2:08 remaining in the opening period, Matt Frattin wristed a shot past Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson for the two-goal Marlies’ lead. William Nylander and Petter Granberg picked up assists on the play.
A power-play opportunity saw the Comets score their lone goal of the game. After setting up on the power-play Cal O’Reilly connected with Baertschi on a cross-crease pass to cut the Marlies lead to one. Alexandre Grenier recorded the secondary assist on the goal.
The Comets killed all three Marlies power-play opportunities, and went 1-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Comets are off until Wednesday night when they will face the Chicago Wolves at the Allstate Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 8pm Eastern.