The Idaho IceCats capped a series sweep with an 8-2 win over the West Sound Warriors Sunday at the Bremerton Ice Center.
The Warriors matched Idaho’s intensity early on, despite giving up the game’s first goal within the first minute of the game. West Sound’s Samuel Pelech tied the score just over one minute later. Idaho countered with a late goal at the 42-second mark for a 2-1 Idaho lead after the first period.
“Coming out for the first and second (periods) we came out hard,” said Warriors coach Ty Smith. “It’ a 60-minute game. You can’t give up a goal the last few minutes of the period, that really hurts.”
West Sound responded by tying Idaho 2-2 on a shot by Caleb Travis.
After West Sound’s Hunter Best was taken down on a breakaway in the second, his penalty shot attempt was stopped by Idaho goalie Tyler Matthews. Shortly thereafter the Warriors (4-6) found themselves down 3-2 as Idaho (5-0) added another late goal, with 45.9 seconds left, to lead 4-2 in the second.
Idaho scored four goals in the third to pull away for the 8-2 final.
West Sound played the series against the top team in the WSHL shorthanded as Tyler Perry was out with a concussion and two others chose to leave the team earlier this week. Smith said he hopes to have the team back to full strength within the next two weeks.
“It’s tough for them,” Smith said of the players. “We need to have a full roster and we need to be able to go four lines and six defensemen. It just took a toll on us finally in the third period.”
Smith said the players weren’t lacking in effort.
“I was proud of these guys,” Smith said. “We’re working. It comes down to me and (assistant coach) Chad (Olson) putting it together. They’re ready to go. They’re ready to learn. They’re ready to get better.
“I think we’ve got the good core group of guys that we want,” he continued. “… We’ve just got to put it together.”
Junior Hockey On Tap
What: Bellingham Blazers at West Sound Warriors
When: Saturday, 7:35 p.m.
Where: Bremerton Ice Center
More info: For tickets call 360-479-7465