The West Sound Warriors fought back once but didn’t have enough in the tank for a second comeback as the Bellingham Blazers won 6-4 Sunday in a Western States Hockey League game.

The Warriors trailed 3-0 to start the second period, but scored three straight goals to pull even at the end of the period in the Northwest Division game at the Bremerton Ice Center.

Ethan Cooney started the scoring for West Sound at the 8:32 mark, and moments later Erik Safstram scored to make it 3-2. Connor Wherrett tied it with 1:52 left in the period.

Bellingham, however, tallied three quick goals of its own — including an empty-netter — in the third to put the game out of reach. Cooney added his second goal of the game with 1:06 left in the game.

West Sound (13-11-3) is tied with Lake Tahoe (14-12-1) for second place in the division with 29 points. It was a tough three-day stretch this weekend for the Warriors. The team traveled to Bellingham Friday and lost 4-3 in double overtime and then beat Seattle Saturday 7-5.

The Warriors will stay the rest of this week in Bremerton before heading to the WSHL College Showcase in Las Vegas, Dec. 19-22.


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