It wasn't meant to be for the Florida Everblades Saturday night, losing in overtime to the Toledo Walleye on home ice 4-3.
Breaking Florida's early trend of being the first to score, the Walleye scored just under 8 minutes into the contest.
The Walleye would beat Florida starting goaltending Jesse Deckert (19 saves) twice more in the second period, before Florida found their scoring touch against a goalie who turned away 37 of the 40 shots the Everblades fired on net for the night.
"He is a very good goalie," said Blades coach Greg Poss. "But, I think we generated scoring chances. The first goal we got beat one on one; the 2nd goal we hit a pipe while shorthanded and then we came back and missed our guy on net. The third goal we failed to block a shot"
Despite the excellent goaltending and scoring on the part of Toledo for two periods, the Everblades failed to quit and came out strong to start the 3rd period.
Just 50 seconds in the final frame, team captain finally cracking the wall that was Mac Carruth, with his second goal of the season. Florida kept the pressure on despite several blatant penalties on Toledo
That pressure generated twp more goals before forcing overtime.
Near the eight-minute mark of the final period, Rocco Carzo let the Walleye know that Florida was going nowhere soon with his fourth tally of the year.
Following a fast and furious 10 minutes of hockey by both teams, the Blades got the break they were looking for with a power play opportunity with under two minutes to go in regulation. Defenseman Jordan Henry was the point saving hero, firing a shot near the blue line and threading the bodies to force overtime.
Florida gave the penalty back in overtime, during which the Walleye would score the game winner.
"We never give up, and that's really good," said Poss, "But we have to see the truth of the matter is that, when we aren't scoring four or five goals, we have to learn to win a game 2-1. We had just as many chances (tonight) as we did in those games where we were scoring more goals, but they don't always go in. But our defense has to always be there, and tonight it wasn't."
The Everblades (8-1-1-1) hit the road for four games against division rivals. They return Nov. 22 when they face the Orlando Solar Bears.