The mastery the West Sound Warriors hockey team found against Bellingham on Saturday wasn’t there against the Seattle Totems Sunday afternoon. Seattle led from the start and went on to beat the Warriors 5-3 in their Western States Hockey League game at Bremerton Ice Center.
The Warriors, who are ranked No. 10 in the WSHL power rankings, wanted to win their weekend games at home before hitting the road for the next two weeks. Second-place West Sound (18-13-1, 37 points) will be at first-place Idaho (22-4-1) Friday-Sunday.
Falling behind 1-0 in the first period, West Sound’s Harri Koll tied the game when he picked up the quick pass from Alec Johnson and put it between Totems goaltender Naoiki Onodera and the post. Dmitri Munirov assisted on the play that tied the game at 1-1.
Seattle (8-15-3) played anything like the fifth-place team in the Northwest Division and it took plenty for the Warriors to keep pace. The Totems scored two quick goals to take a 3-1 lead before Johnson tallied his lone goal with 5:39 left on the clock in the second period. Koll, who was behind the goaltender, fired off a pass to Johnson who was alone at the top of the point.
Johnson’s slapshot was no match for Onodera as the puck looked like it would break through the back of the net, prompting a loud cheer from the Warriors’ fanbase hoping for a comeback.
But it didn’t happen. Seattle scored to take a 4-2 lead before West Sound’s Connor Wherrett answered with just over two minutes left in the third to make it 4-3. Seattle’s Daniel Nomerstad capped the win with 1:53 left for the 5-3 final.