Colin Murphy, Erik Westrum, Jiri Tlusty and Carlo Colaiacovo scored for the Marlies (3-3-1-0), who had lost four of their previous five games. Charles Linglet, with two, and Trent Whitfield replied for Peoria (4-3-0-1), which had won their first road game of the season a day earlier in Hamilton.
Playing in front of a season-low crowd of 2,468, Toronto jumped out to a 1-0 start during the first power play of the game, when Colin Murphy fired a wrist shot through the legs of Rivermen goalie Jason Bacashihua at 3:43 his third goal of the season.
On the Marlies’ next man advantage, Westrum took a nice cross-crease pass from Jeremy Williams and beat Bacashihua at 7:44 to double Toronto’s lead.
Tlusty batted a backhand by Bacashihua to make it 3-0 at 11:35, but Linglet walked in all alone on Marlies goalie Mikael Tellqvist and roofed a backhander over his shoulder to get the Rivermen on the scoreboard at 12:59. However, Colaiacovo restored the three-goal lead at 16:04, during a four-minute fighting penalty to Mike Glumac.
The Rivermen got a power play goal of their own in the second period, after Whitfield beat Tellqvist during a goalmouth scramble at 6:09. Peoria drew within one on Linglet’s second of the game, which came at the 14:30 mark after a poor clearing attempt by a Marlies defenceman.
The Marlies were able to withstand a furious third period attack from the Rivermen, who outshot Toronto 26-11 since the first period.
Tellqvist stopped 31 Rivermen shots to improve to 2-1-0 this season. Bacashihua (0-2-1) made 21 saves in the loss.
Notes: The crowd was the second-lowest in Marlies history, trailing only a Dec. 21, 2005 game against that drew 2,049. In a game Oct. 15 against Hershey this season, the announced attendance was 2,754 … The Marlies outshot Peoria 14-7 in the first period, and the Rivermen outshot Toronto 17-6 in the second … Left winger Nathan Perrott, signed to a tryout contract Oct. 14, was not in the Marlies’ lineup. The former Maple Leafs enforcer has yet to play an AHL game this season.