TORONTO — The Utica Comets saw their four-game AHL winning streak come to a close after suffering a 6-3 setback at the hands of the Toronto Marlies on Wednesday night at Coca Cola Coliseum.
Tanner Kero scored twice — one in the first and one in the second — for the Comets, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to 20-17-2-1 overall.
The Marlies (18-14-3-2) scored three goals in the first period and never looked back. Colin Greening, Calle Rosen and Pierre Engvall each scored a goal.
Trevor Moore scored in the second period for Marlies to give them a 4-2 lead heading into the final period.
Early in the third period, Brendan Gaunce drew Utica to within one after deflecting a shot from the stick of Jaime Sifers. Gaunce’s goal marked his 11th of the season and made it a 4-3 game with plenty of time remaining. It was as close as the Comets would get, as Toronto pulled away in the third.
Rosen tallied his second of the night at 7:14 of the period, and Carl Grundstrom put the contest out of reach with an empty netter at 15:51, closing out the 6-3 final.
Rome native Tom Sestito, who came out of retirement last month to sign a 30-day professional tryout contract with the Marlies, an affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, did not see ice time against the Comets.
He is on the Marlies roster but has not yet played in a game.
The Comets hit the ice again Friday night as they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Puck drop is at 7 p.m.