TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies road issues continued on Tuesday, losing to the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1 at the Cox Centre.
It was the Marlies fifth loss in six games on their extended road trip and now they sit 2-6 on the season away from the Ricoh Coliseum.
After a scoreless first period, Simon Gysbers opened the scoring at 14:22 of the second period giving the Marlies a 1-0 lead.
Teemu Hartikainen responded for the Barons at 18:45, tying the game at one heading into second intermission.
Oklahoma City would get their first lead of the game at 8:02 of the third period when Triston Grant scored to make it 2-1.
The Marlies had some opportunities to tie the game but an empty-net goal from Hunter Tremblay at 18:44 sealed the 3-1 win for the Barons.
Yann Dennis made 34 saves for the win while Mark Owuya , making his second start in as many games, turned aside 22 of 24 shots in the loss.
The Marlies had success with their penalty kill, going a perfect 5-for-5, but their power play was terrible as it failed to score on 11 opportunities.
Next up for Toronto is the Adirondack Phantoms who they will face Saturday at 7pm, in Adirondack.
- Joe Colborne missed the game with a lower-body injury. He is listed as day-to-day
- Keith Aulie, Matt Lashoff, Luca Caputi and Darryl Boyce all sat out with injuries too
- Jeff Finger was in the line up
- Marcel Mueller picked up his fourth assist in two games
- Mark Owuya has played in three straight games after replacing Jussi Rynnas on Saturday against the San Antonio Rampage
- Oklahoma City has won five games in a row
- The Marlies are 2-5 when scoring the first goal of the game
- The Marlies are the only team with a positive goal differential in the North Division (+2)