Utica, N.Y. - The Utica Comets outshot the Toronto Marlies 39-23, but fell 5-2 at the Adirondack Bank Center, Friday.
The two teams combined for 17 shots in the first period, but the goalies stood tall as they would head into the locker room in a scoreless tie.
In the second, despite the Comets out-chancing the Marlies, Toronto struck first on the power play with Jeremy Bracco wristing a shot from the point past Michael Leighton.
The Marlies would take that 1-0 lead into the final frame. Three minutes in, Colt Conrad deflected a shot in front of the net for his first goal as a pro to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.
Just 14 seconds later, former Comet Michael Carcone found the twine with a shot from the left wall to give the Marlies a three-goal lead.
Two minutes following that goal, Seamus Malone buried a rebound off a shot by Brendan Woods for his second as a pro to bring the Comets back within two.
With under 1:02 to play, Nicholas Baptiste scored an empty-netter to seemingly ice the game, but Matt Petgrave scored for the Comets with 23 seconds left to keep Utica hanging around.
With 11 seconds left, Dmytro Timashov put in another empty-net goal to seal it for good.
Michael Leighton made 17 saves for the Comets, while Michael Hutchinson made 37 for the Marlies.
Utica is back in action on Saturday night, as they take on the Syracuse Crunch on the road. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.