The game marked the first regulation loss for Chicago (41-19-1-5) on home ice since Dec. 27, a span of 17 home matchups. The 40-save shutout by MacDonald (12-18-3) was the third against the Wolves this season, and the first since Nov. 20.
“They had outstanding goaltending tonight; MacDonald really played well,” said Wolves Head Coach Don Lever. “We didn’t play well the first half of the game. It took us a while to get going, and they came at us and finished us.”
Center Tim Brent broke a scoreless tie, 1:16 into the second period when he sent a wrist shot from high in the zone zinging past Wolves goaltender Drew MacIntyre to give Toronto (26-30-6-5) a 1-0 lead.
The Marlies pulled ahead, 2-0, 2:09 later. Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson started the play out behind his own net, carried the puck down the ice and shipped a pass to left wing Kyle Calder, who crashed the net and shoveled it over the goal line.
Calder bagged his second of the game to give the Marlies a 3-0 lead at 9:12 of the second period. Right wing Greg Scott held the puck to the right of the Wolves net and fired a shot across, which Calder came streaking in and knocked past MacIntyre.
MacIntyre (17-14-2) turned aside 22 of 25 shots he faced for Chicago.
The Wolves hit the ice again Saturday to take on the Houston Aeros at the Allstate Arena at 7 p.m.
Toronto 0 3 0 -- 3
Chicago 0 0 0 -- 0
First Period---None. Penalties---Bench, Chicago (too many men), 3:07; Rosehill, Toronto (goaltender interference), 5:35.
Second Period---1, Toronto, Brent 8 (Calder), 1:16; 2, Toronto, Calder 9 (Mikkelson, MacDonald), 3:25; 3, Toronto, Calder 10 (Scott, Brent), 9:12. Penalties---Kozek, Chicago (tripping), 5:10; Engel, Toronto (hooking), 11:17; Hamilton, Toronto (tripping), 14:16; Simon, Toronto (roughing), 15:53.
Third Period---None. Penalties---MacDonald, Toronto (delay of game), 16:49; Anderson, Chicago (tripping), 19:23.
Shots on goal---Toronto: 10-11-4--25. Chicago: 16-11-13--40. Power plays---Toronto: 0-3. Chicago: 0-5. Goalies---Toronto, MacDonald (40-40). Chicago, MacIntyre (22-25). A---6,819. Referee---Jean Herbert. Linesmen---Al Stensland and Aaron Mills.