Less than twenty-four hours after shutting out the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Chicago Wolves couldn't extend their eight-game Ontario winning streak, falling to the Toronto Marlies 4-2 Saturday afternoon in an AHL game at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.
The night before, it was the Wolves doing all the scoring, but on Saturday, the Marlies (25-15-2-2) lit the lamp first. Centerman Mike Zigomanis capitalized on a first-period, power-play opportunity, beating goaltender Matt Climie (11-12-1) top shelf on the glove side at 16:27.
Toronto scored again on the man advantage early in the second period. A slashing penalty to Wolves forward Devin DiDiomete sent the Marlies to the power play, and center Joe Colborne quickly made Chicago pay, stuffing a puck past Climie at 4:28.
The Wolves answered less than a minute later on a give-and-go play from forward Darren Haydar to left wing Bill Sweatt, who was sitting on the doorstep. Sweatt rifled the puck home at the 5:14 mark.
The Wolves (23-16-3-2) had a power play cut short later in the period due a slashing penalty. Toronto defenseman Jesse Blacker used the 4-on-4 play to his advantage, beating Climie cleanly 14:17 into the second.
Trailing 3-1 headed into the third period, the Wolves found a spark with another feed from Haydar, this time to forward Andrew Gordon, who pocketed it cleanly 5:13 into the period.
Despite a third-period surge, Chicago couldn't even the score. Marlies right wing Carter Ashton sealed the deal with an empty-net goal at 18:55 of the third period.
The Wolves managed 39 shots against the Bulldogs on Friday. They put 26 shots on net Saturday to 25 by the Marlies, but Toronto goalie Jussi Rynnas earned the win by making 24 saves.