Warriors claim sweep over Southern Oregon

A four-goal outburst in the third period gave the West Sound Warriors a 6-2 win over Southern Oregon, but also a series sweep Sunday at the Bremerton Ice Center. The...

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A four-goal outburst in the third period gave the West Sound Warriors a 6-2 win over Southern Oregon, but also a series sweep Sunday at the Bremerton Ice Center.

The Warriors won all three games over the weekend in the Western States Hockey League Northwest Division series.

West Sound found itself behind 1-0 after Southern Oregon’s Peter Toth scored 46 seconds into the game.

“They came out hard and came out flying and that first goal kind of shook us up,” said Warriors coach Ty Smith. “It woke us up a bit.”

The Warriors tied the game on a goal by Caleb Travis, and assists from Viacheslev Goev and Samuel Pelech, with 1:45 left in the first.

Ruslan Abyanov put West Sound ahead 2-1 when he found himself on a breakaway and converted with a backhanded shot past Southern Oregon goalkeeper Austin Toussaint. Erik Safstram and Mattias Wikstrom assisted on the goal at 9:54.

The third period was all Warriors as Wikstrom scored West Sound’s third goal at the 14:04 mark. Goev scored for a 4-1 lead at 12:11 before Southern Oregon’s Kalem┬áNohnych scored to make it 4-2. Harri Kroll scored back-to-back goals for the Warriors to put the game out of reach. Goev and Kroll led the way with three points each.

West Sound goalkeeper Brian Eisele finished with 29 saves and earned all three wins in the series.

The Warriors head to Bellingham to face the Blazers Friday, Oct. 13 and are in Seattle Oct. 14. They return to Bremerton for a three-game series, Oct. 20-22, against the Idaho IceCats.

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