Toronto opened the scoring with a power play goal 7:33 into the game when Rychel finished a cross-crease feed from Kasperi Kapanen.
Rychel notched his second of the contest and doubled the Marlies’ lead at 16:47 of the first with a wrist shot right in the slot that beat Tristan Jarry low to his glove side.
Frédérik Gauthier tapped in a rebound for the Marlies at 4:30 of the second period, extending their lead to 3-0.
Later in the middle frame, Josh Archibald had a chance to get one for the Penguins after intercepting a pass and attacking all alone with a shorthanded breakaway. Archibald’s five-hole attempt was denied by Toronto goalie Antoine Bibeau, one of 19 saves Bibeau made on the evening.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came close to chipping away at Toronto’s three-goal lead with early third period chances from the likes of Jake Guentzel and Carter Rowney, but either Bibeau shut the door or the chances whizzed wide of the post.
Bibeau earned his league-leading third shutout of the season, stopping all 19 shots that came his way. Jarry, who was called “a shining light” by Penguins head coach Clark Donatelli after the game, made 32 saves on 35 shots faced.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 12, against the Providence Bruins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Puck drop between the Penguins and Bruins is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Individual tickets for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, through Ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
Season ticket packages for the 2016-17 season of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins hockey, including full season, 22-game, 12-game and Flexbook plans, are available by contacting the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.