BREMERTON — Harri Kroll scored the first of his four goals in the first period as the West Sound Warriors won going away, 11-2 over the Seattle Totems in a Western States Hockey League game Saturday.
It was a far different cry from Friday’s opener that saw Seattle come from behind for a 7-6 win at the Bremerton Ice Center.
“I just think we found those areas out there that we could work in, and I think the bounces went more our way tonight,” said the Warriors Connor Wherret.
Erik Safstram started the scoring barrage 52 seconds into the game, and Bryce Ebert made it 2-0 West Sound.
“It’s always good to get a goal that quick off the start,” Wherret said.
Wherret finished the night with a hat trick as nearly every West Sound player scored a point.
The Warriors saw the return of Ebert, who missed Friday’s game while still recovering from a knee injury, and Alec Johnson. Johnson didn’t play Friday due to the flu. He finished with three assists Saturday.
Both players saw limited action in the third period, but by then West Sound had a comfortable 9-2 lead.
Seattle made it 2-1 in the first, and that would be as close as it would get as Kroll scored to give the Warriors a 3-1 lead.
Wherrett added his second goal at the 12:42 mark, forcing a goalie change by Seattle. Naoki Onodera was pulled in favor of Daniel Yockey, but it didn’t slow down the Warriors.
Seattle’s Stepan Jirovec added the Totems final goal midway through the second, but the Warriors responded by scoring two goals from Hunter Best and Kroll just six seconds apart. The back-to-back goals increased the lead to 5-2 and Kroll scored again with one second remaining in the period.
It was much the same in the third as West Sound peppered Yockey with shot after shot after shot. Wherret scored twice and Kroll notched his fourth at the 9:49 mark. Best’s final goal came with 1:53 left to end the scoring.
Samuel Pelech led the Warriors with five assists, Erik Safstram had four assists, Mattias Wikstrom added three assists.
The Warriors haven’t lacked in their ability to put shots on goal this season, but getting the puck to go into the net had been a struggle. West Sound outshot the Totems 47-27.
“I think this was a real confidence booster for us,” Wherret said.
West Sound will travel to Medford, Ore., to face Southern Oregon in a three-game series Nov. 24-26.