The West Sound Warriors are 3-2 in their last five games after splitting their weekend games against Seattle and Bellingham in Western States Hockey League Northwest Division games.
The Warriors were on the road for the last couple of weeks with a three-game series at Idaho to another three-game series against Southern Oregon in Medford.
On Thursday, second-place West Sound spotted fifth-place Seattle a 3-0 lead through the second period in Seattle. Dimitri Munirov scored twice within three minutes to bring the Warriors to within a goal, 3-2 in the third. Bryce Ebert scored a minute later to tie the game and send it to overtime.
Munirov then tallied the game-winner at 2:01 off an assist from Michael Perez for a 4-3 win over the Totems (10-21-5, 25).
What a wild Thursday! Down 3-0 going into the 3rd period your Warriors crawl back to win 4-3 in OT!! Dmitri Munirov with a hat-trick and game winner! Kristof Dobos with his first win between the pipes for the Warriors! Tomorrow night we take on @Bhamblazers at home 7:05 puck drop pic.twitter.com/4dwpDDbMBy
— West Sound Warriors (@WarriorsWSHL) January 26, 2018
Friday the Warriors (21-19-1, 43) hosted Bellingham but dropped a 6-5 game to the fourth-place Blazers (18-18-3, 37).
West Sound scored first on a goal by Dennis Berdnicks before Bellingham answered with back-to-back goals to lead 2-1. The Warriors roared back to score two goals by Connor Wherrett and Ebert. Both teams traded goals at the end of the period for a 4-3 Warriors lead.
The Blazers scored three goals in the second to lead 6-4. West Sound’s Munirov continued his hot streak scoring with 2:47 left but the Warriors would get no closer as the game ended 6-5.
West Sound has 10 games left in the regular season and wants to hang onto the No. 2 spot in the division, which gives the Warriors a first-round bye in the playoffs.
The Warriors will face Bellingham three more times in a four-game stretch the next two weeks. West Sound hosts the Blazers Saturday, Feb. 3, are at Bellingham Sunday, Feb. 10, and then play at Seattle Feb. 11. West Sound’s final trip to Bellingham is Feb. 23.
West Sound finishes the regular season with a six-game homestand against Lake Tahoe, March 2-4 and the Long Beach Bombers, March 9-11. Idaho holds the lead in the Northwest Division at 31-4-1 and 63 points. Long Beach (37-26-4, 56) is in first place in the Western Division.
It will be the first time Lake Tahoe and Long Beach have traveled to Bremerton.