A lack of goals was not an issue during a three-game divisional crossover series between the West Sound Admirals and Valencia Flyers at the Bremerton Ice Center over the weekend.
The Admirals lost the Western States Hockey League series, 2-1. Valencia, which plays in the Western Division, outscored the Admirals 28-18.
In Friday’s opener, West Sound (7-28) and Valencia (8-22) were tied at 1-1 in the first period. The Flyers then went on to score 11 goals in the final two periods for a 12-2 win. Artem Popov and Oliwer Stensson scored for West Sound. Tristan Warr and Dominik Knap each had hat tricks for the Flyers.
Saturday’s outcome was decidedly different. The Admirals came out strong in the first period taking a 4-0 lead on goals by David Dunn, two goals by Popov and Caleb Travis, and survived a three-goal scoring barrage by Valencia that cut the lead to 4-3.
Stensson and Dmitrii Munirov opened the third with back-to-back goals for a 6-3 lead for West Sound before the Flyers added another goal at 10:11. Stensson and Vining answered to put the lead back to 8-4. Valencia scored twice more, around a Vladislav Polyashov goal for West Sound, to end the scoring.
Stensson led the Admirals with a game-high five-point night (two goals and three assists) as did Harmen Vining, who had four assists and a goal. Popov also chipped in two goals and an assist.
Valencia (capped the series with another high-scoring 10-7 win on Sunday afternoon.
Stensson opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 17:49 of the first before Valencia scored twice for a 2-1 lead. West Sound answered with three goals — two by Stensson and one by Munirov — that gave the Admirals a 4-3 lead. Valencia added two late goals to tie the game at 4-4 after one period.
The game remained close in the second with the Admirals holding a 6-5 lead. The Flyers opened the third period with a four-straight goals to take a 9-6 edge. Polyashov added a goal at the 2:37 mark but it wasn’t enough as the Flyers held on for the win.
The Admirals hit the road for their next series. West Sound is at Seattle for a rare Wednesday night game and are at Seattle again on Saturday.