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Needing just four points to clinch the Western States Hockey League North Division No. 2 seed, the West Sound Warriors couldn’t put a stop to Bellingham’s current winning streak as the Blazers beat West Sound 5-2 Saturday.

The Blazers (18-18-3) are one of the hottest teams of late in the WSHL North Division as they increased their streak to four games. West Sound (21-20) is still in second place, a spot it desperately wants to hold onto as the top two teams in each division earn a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs. The Warriors are tied with Lake Tahoe as both teams have 43 points. They are four points ahead of the Blazers, who have 37 points.

In their only home game scheduled for this month, the Warriors spotted Bellingham a 3-0 lead into the third period before the Warriors were able to put the puck past goaltender Avery Heath. Harri Koll scored his 31st goal of the season at the 14:07 mark off assists from Dennis Berdinks and Connor Wherrett.

West Sound’s second goal came after Bellingham had scored again to make it 4-2. Ethan Cooney’s power-play goal came off assists from Mattias Wikstrom and Koll.

“I thought we played good we just didn’t get a lot of bounces out there,” said Warriors center Hunter Best, adding when they had chances they just couldn’t find the back of the net.”

“We just have to do a better job fore-checking,” Best said. “We were all over them towards the end of the game but we’ve got to come out from the drop of the puck. … we just weren’t there tonight.”

Schedule Change

The Warriors were scheduled to play Long Beach in Bremerton March 9-11 but the Bombers from the Western Division canceled due to the cost of the trip. The three-game series would not have had an effect on the outcome of the playoffs for either team. The new schedule has the Warriors at Seattle Feb. 11 and Bellingham Feb. 23. West Sound then hosts Lake Tahoe March 2-4 and are at Bellevue March 9. They return to Bremerton to face Bellingham March 10 and are at Bellingham to finish the regular season March 11.

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