Riding a six-game losing streak, the Florida Everblades wished to reverse their momentum Wednesday night at Germain Arena. Wish denied.
Despite looking like the better team for the most of the game, the Reading Royals extended the slump to seven straight with a 4-2 win over the Blades.
A pair of defensive breakdowns led to two Royals goals in the first period.
The first came against new Blades goalie Shane Owen on a power play.
While the Everblades responded less than five minutes later after Matt Marquardt's pass from behind the Royals' net found the stick of David Rutherford whose rebounded shot was put in by Mike Ratchuk.
Another bad defensive effort by the Blades, who failed to shift a defender over to Owen's blind side, allowed an easy goal.
The Everblades came back and tied the game 2-2 on Trevor Bruess' 10th goal of the season 39 seconds before first intermission.
After a scoreless second period in which the Everblades generated six quality scoring chances, it looked like the losing streak might end in the third period. Reading goaltender Jussel Rynnas, with a 5.88 GA average, slammed the door on every chance the Blades generated.
The Blades defense broke down one more time, providing the opening the Royals needed, scoring the game-winner with 8:49 to play.
"We can't complain about any of their goals, they capitalized on their scoring chances," said Everblades coach Greg Poss. "We didn't capitalize on our chances and they capitalized on theirs. The effort was there tonight, but it was the little things that cost us again ... Right now, we just need a win."
The Blades (21-20-4) get another chance to halt the seven-game skid Friday night again against the Royals at Germain Arena.