ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- It didn't take forward Peter Holland very long to make his impact with the Toronto Marlies.
Holland scored 3:02 into his first game and earned the game's first star as Toronto edged the host St. John's IceCaps 3-2 on Friday in American Hockey League action.
"It was nice (to score early) and it sort of settled me down," said Holland, who was demoted by the Maple Leafs on Tuesday after 22 NHL games. "Obviously there is a little bit of nerves no matter what level you're playing at. It was nice to get that one and nice to get the win."
Petter Granberg and Sam Carrick also scored for the Marlies (20-11-3), who held a 3-0 lead after 40 minutes of play.
Andrew Gordon and Kael Mouillierat replied for the IceCaps (18-15-3) in the third period.
Toronto's Drew MacIntyre made 31 saves for his league-leading 16th win of the season. Eddie Pasquale turned away 34-of-37 shots for St. John's.
Granberg opened the scoring, finding the net through traffic with a shot that changed direction on the way just 1:21 into the game.
Holland scored an easy tap-in to make it 2-0 as Pasquale was caught out of his net by some crisp passing on the power play.
"Spencer Abbott did a great job getting on the weak side of the net there and Eddie (Pasquale) slid across to try to play the shot, obviously," Holland said of his goal. "I just tried to position myself in front and Abbott made a great play over to me and I had the open cage."
Carrick tipped home a Josh Leivo point shot for the Marlies with 1:17 left in the second to make it 3-0.
Mouillierat scored on a one-timer in the slot off a cross-ice pass from JC Lipon to put the IceCaps on the board 5:17 into the third period.
Gordon picked up his own rebound and beat a sprawling MacIntyre to bring the score to within one with 6:34 left in the third.
St. John's head coach Keith McCambridge wasn't thrilled with his club having to play from behind the entire game.
"It's frustrating to have to chase the game when you're down quick with two goals like that and you're outshooting the opponent," McCambridge said. "It's not the fault of our goaltender, I thought the first goal was a tip and he had no chance on the second goal, which was on the power play."