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Jaskin, Porter both score to lead Wolves past Marlies 2-1 in AHL action

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TORONTO - Toronto Marlies coach Steve Spott toyed with the idea of dressing his team in their away jerseys to simulate a road game as they played at home for the first time in three weeks.

Spott said he knew the numbers were against the Marlies as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Chicago Wolves on Saturday. It was Toronto's first home game following a seven game road trip, which saw the Marlies finish 5-1-1.

"Statistics show that usually this is a tough game and it proved to be here this afternoon," Spott said. "I actually thought about maybe wearing our road sweaters here this afternoon just to see if we can change something up."

Dmitrij Jaskin and Chris Porter scored for the Wolves while Jake Allen made 28 saves as Chicago (21-15-4) earned just its second regulation win in five games.

The win improved the wolves to 17-0-2 this season when leading to start the third period.

T.J. Brennan had the lone goal for Toronto (21-12-4).

"I think mental fatigue is a big part of it," said Spott. "We weren't managing the puck well. We weren't making good decisions. We weren't sharp in a lot of areas of our game here this afternoon."

Jaskin opened the scoring at 10:11 of the first period. He beat Marlies goalie Garret Sparks with a shot from the top of the circle for his 11th goal of the season.

Brennan tied it for Toronto at 18:14 on the power play with his team-leading 18th goal of the season.

Porter countered on the power play at 10:42 of the second. He put the Wolves ahead after redirecting a Taylor Chorney shot past Sparks for his fourth goal of the season.

Toronto had a great chance to tie it at 12:44 of the third. Newcomer Brandon Kozun had a partial breakaway but was stopped by Allen.

"We got into a bit of a track meet with this entire game and what we ended up doing is taking penalties," Spott said. "When you take seven or eight minor penalties, you just can't get your 5-on-5 game going so I think that's the story.

Sparks made 28 saves for his fifth loss.

"We got in to penalty trouble and we just didn't have that same flow that we usually have and we're not going to blame it on the bus legs," said Sparks. "We had 7,000 people here today and I thought everybody put in a great effort, it just didn't pan out like it usually does."

The Marlies will play their third game in as many nights Sunday when they host the Lake Erie Monsters.

NOTES - Mark Cundari made his Wolves debut after being acquired from the Abbotsford Heat on Thursday in a deal for Corey Locke. Adam Cracknell also played his first game for the Wolves this season after being assigned by the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. Marlies forward Josh Leivo, who did not play Saturday, is expected to miss seven to 10 days with a hip flexor injury.

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