The Admirals lost to the Totems 9-4 in a WSHL game Friday night in Bremerton.
BREMERTON — West Sound couldn’t sustain its solid start on Friday night as the Admirals eventually lost to the Seattle Totems 9-4 in a Western States Hockey League Northwest Division game at the Bremerton Ice Center.
In the last two weeks the Admirals had traded away seven of their top players and picked up a lot of youth in return. West Sound assistant coach Matt Ferris, who is filling in for head coach Dave Daniello due to health reasons, knew the rest of the season was going to be one of getting back to basics while trying to be competitive.
“Today for the first 15 minutes I was pretty happy,” Ferris said of the Admirals 3-3 tie in the first period, adding he told the players if they were in the game he was going to shorten the bench and run two lines to try and win the game.
West Sound took a 2-0 lead in the opening period on goals by Randy Yeakly — with assists by Sam Morris and Ben Wiltshire — and an unassisted goal by Harmen Vining. Seattle answered with three goals of its own to take a 3-2 lead before Yeakly notched his second goal at 3:31 to tie it at 3-3.
The Totems’ Cam Goss scored a late goal with 42.9 seconds left in the period to give Seattle a 4-3 lead heading into the second period.
Seattle added another goal to open the second for a 5-3 lead but West Sound’s Ian Hoffman scored against Seattle goalie Wyatt Monear to cut the lead to 5-4.
“We were pretty close and had a couple chances, I think it was 5-4, and we just couldn’t do it,” Ferris said.
West Sound closed out the second trailing 6-4 before Seattle scored three unanswered goals to close out the game 9-4. During the final six minutes West Sound goaltender Josh Breznik was injured and had to be assisted off the ice. He finished with 47 saves for the night. Adam Rousselo entered for Breznik and finished with three saves.
“We didn’t have the horses but for most of the game we were pretty good,” Ferris said.
West Sound travels to Seattle for a 7 p.m. game Saturday before hosting the Totems in their final home game at 2:45 p.m. on Sunday.