A pair of first-period goals by Jordan Henry was all the Florida Everblades needed Wednesday night in a 4-1 defeat of the Fort Wayne Komets at Germain Arena.
"Jordan played outstanding tonight, and I thought we've gotten really good goaltending over the last three games," said Blades coach Greg Poss. "Connor Knapp played outstanding tonight."
Henry's first goal of the night was unassisted. He skated down the near side of the ice and fired a one-time shot to beat goalie Andrey Makarov (22 saves) top shelf with 10:55 left in the opening frame.
Just over five minutes later, Henry's second goal came with the help of Danick Gauthier's pass as he waited in front of the Komets net.
"The first one I just got lucky with a turnover while we were 4-on-4," said Henry. "The second one, the goalie looked like he was off his angle a little bit and shot it short side ... As long as we get the win, that's what's important. I'm just happy to contribute in any way."
The Komets scored on Everblades net minder Connor Knapp (29 saves) midway through the second period, making a game out of it as the teams headed into the final period of play.
After A.J. Jenks missed from point-blank range earlier in the third period, Philip Michael Devos notched his sixth goal in a Blades uniform to make it 3-1, putting Fort Wayne firmly in Florida's rear view mirror.
A empty-net goal by Jenks in the final minute rounded out Florida's goals.
The Blades needed the win after dropping two of three contests to divisional foes on their most recent road trip. The Everblades are in danger of risking their 15-year playoff streak by falling into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference of the ECHL.
The Baldes (26-22) and Komets face off again Friday and Saturday nights at Germain Arena to close out their regular season series.