Manitoba (1-1-1-0) scored three times in the first period, including two power play goals, and went on to beat Toronto (1-1-0-0) at Ricoh Coliseum Saturday.
"(The first period) is what pretty much cost us the hockey game," said Marlies coach Greg Gilbert, whose team gave up two power play goals in the opening frame. "You've got to hand it to Manitoba, they came out hard and took it to us. I think we know as a group, we weren't at our best in that first period."
Jason Jaffray scored twice for Manitoba, who had goals from Jesse Schultz, Jannik Hansen and Brad Moran.
Manitoba's Drew MacIntyre made 30 saves for his first win of the season.
Robbie Earl and Erik Westrum replied for the Marlies, who were 0-for-7 on their power play. Manitoba went 4-for-11 with the extra man.
The Marlies had a 2-3-1-1 record against the Moose in 2005-06, with both victories coming after regulation time (one in overtime, the other in shootout).
Marlies right winger Brett Engelhardt says playing against their North Division rival has to improve if Toronto wants to return to the playoffs.
"They play a really typical 'new NHL' game," Engelhardt said of the Moose. "A lot of skill, a lot of speed, and they can also play tough. They're a team we'll have to get through to make the playoffs, so they're important to beat."
Marlies goaltender Justin Pogge, making his pro debut, stopped 25 shots in the loss. The 20-year-old, Toronto's first pick (90th overall) in the 2004 NHL entry draft, said he still has much to learn about the pro game.
"It's a big jump up to play at this level, but I didn't think I did too bad," Pogge said. "It's all about experience right now. I wish we could have won, but I learned a lot tonight."
Gilbert saw much to like in the rookie netminder.
"I thought Justin competed," Gilbert said. "He seemed pretty comfortable at times, and he wasn't fighting the puck too much. I thought he did a good job for us."
Notes: Referee Dean Morton called five hooking penalties in the first period, including four in a 73-second span...Twelve minor penalties were assessed in the first period alone...Moose centre Rick Rypien received a game misconduct for checking Toronto blueliner Brad Brown into the boards from behind. Brown wasn't
injured on the play...Marlies centre Boyd Devereaux, who cleared waivers after signing a two-way contract with the Maple Leafs Friday, did not dress for the game. He is expected to be in the lineup Friday, when Toronto hosts the Grand Rapids Griffins.