After falling behind 3-0 in the second period, the West Sound Warriors regrouped for a one-goal lead over the Seattle Totems at the Bremerton Ice Center Friday night in a Western States Hockey League game.
But the Warriors lost control of the Northwest Divison game — and their tempers — in the third period as Seattle scored three quick goals. West Sound answered, but fell short and lost 7-6.
Both West Sound and Seattle have 16 points in the division.
Erik Safstram opened the scoring for the Warriors (8-10) in the second period when he let loose a shot from the blueline through traffic in front of Seattle (7-7-2) goalie Garrett Wills. Wills didn’t see the puck until it hit the back of the net. About 10 minutes later Mattias Wikstrom scored on an assist from Safstram to make it 3-2.
Samuel Pelech, who had been denied a goal on a breakaway earlier in the period, waited for his chance on an odd-man rush and took his shot in front of Wills. It appeared the Totems goalie made the stop, but the puck trickled past him and into the net with 3:57 left to tie the game at 3-3.
West Sound leading scorer Harri Kroll got into the action when he capitalized on a breakaway just 44 seconds later. His wrist shot was good, and the Warriors celebrated their first lead of the game, 4-3.
The third period would be a different story. After a Seattle defender cross-checked Safstram in the neck, West Sound’s tempers flared. The player was given a two-minute penalty but Warriors defensemen Tyler Perry was given a game misconduct for leaving the bench and a 10-minute major. The altercation also left Cooper Dibiase with a game misconduct for a cross-checking and 10-minute major along with teammate Miroslav Sykora. Seattle’s Braden Sanchez was given two minutes for cross-checking.
After Seattle’s Braden Sanchez cross-checked Safstram in the neck, West Sound’s tempers flared. Sanchez was given two minutes for high sticking, but that didn’t settle it for the Warriros. Defensemen Tyler Perry was charged with a game misconduct for leaving the bench and a 10-minute major.
Moments later another altercation in front of Seattle’s goalie left the Warriors with two more players out of the game. Cooper Dibiase was given a game misconduct for cross-checking and 10-minute major along with teammate Miroslav Sykora. Seattle’s Sanchez was charged with a two-minute penalty for cross-checking.
Less than one minute later Seattle’s Michael Shippee scored to make it 4-4 and teammate Daniel Nomerstad gave the Totems a 5-4 lead. Seattle tacked on two more goals in the short burst and lead 7-4.
Brian Eisele, who entered the game in the second period as starter Robbie Brennan was pulled, made a great save with 14:17 left after the Warriors turned the puck over at center ice.
Seattle’s Wills made four saves before Caleb Travis scored for West Sound to cut the lead to 7-5 with 7:44 left in the game. Safstram scored his second goal of the game on assists from Sykora and Kroll with 2:51 remaining as the home crowd urged on the Warriors.
West Sound pulled Eisele to give the Warriors a sixth attacker, but it wasn’t enough as Seattle held on for the win.
West Sound outshot the Totems 51-33. Eisele finished with 17 saves while Wills had 44. Brennan finished with nine.
Safstram finished with two goals and an assist, Kroll had two assists and a goal, Robert Larson added two assists and Wikstrom had a goal and an assist.
The Warriors and Seattle play at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at the ice arena.