BREMERTON — The Bellingham Blazers continue to be one of the best teams in the Western States Hockey League as they handed the West Sound Admirals a 6-2 loss on Saturday at the Bremerton Ice Center.
It was the first home game for the Admirals since returning from the mid-season break. Bellingham defeated West Sound in Bellingham on Friday 8-2.
Bellingham, owners of a 26-9 record and 78 points in 35 games, took a 2-0 lead after one period on Saturday. West Sound’s Artem Popov broke through the Northwest Division-leading Blazers’ defense and scored at the 15:18 mark to cut the lead to 2-1. Sam Morris and David Matusek assisted on the goal.
A Vladislav Polyashov goal in the second period gave the Admirals life when he collected a rebound off a Cory Kane shot that was initially stopped by Blazers goalie Kolter Pawlick. Polyashov was trailing the play and when Pawlick stopped Kane’s shot, the puck deflected right to Polyashov who backhanded it past Pawlick at 8:43 to make it 2-2.
But as the Blazers have done in the past they score quickly, taking the momentum back in a flash. Jamahl Eakett scored at 6:44 to make it 3-2 to end the second. Bellingham scored three unanswered goals in the third to seal the win, its 12th straight in the season series. The Blazers outshot West Sound 41-31.
Josh Breznik had 35 saves for West Sound, including a stellar glove save in the first period and stopped a flurry of shots to start the third
West Sound (6-21-2, 22 points) added to its roster this week.
Coach Dave Daniello welcomed the addition of forwards Will Donald and Hunter Havice and defensemen Nicholas Demchuk. Defenseman Allon Levitin is expected to arrive on Monday. That brings the roster to 30 players.
“It’s good,” Daniello said. “It makes practice better having that competition for spots.”