The Bellingham Blazers cored the first five goals of the game then had to hold to claim a 6-4 victory over the Northern Pacific Hockey League-leading West Sound Warriors on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Bellingham Sportsplex.
Sasha Perron got the Blazers (22-16-1) on the board just 51 seconds into the game with a shot from the center of the attacking zone that deflected off West Sound goalie Joe Morgan. Perron made it 2-0 just over a minute latter, as both goals were assisted by Boris Knyazev and Mason Wade.
Vladislav Yefremov made it 3-0 at the 9:09 mark of the first on the power play with an assist from Kritsjan Toivola, and five minutes later Kyler Moore scored on a shot from the left faceoff circle to make it 4-0 at the first intermission.
Garrett Foster scored what ended up being the game-winning goal early in the second, but the Warriors answered with four straight goals to pull within one. Wade scored an empty-net goal from the center red line to end West Sound’s hopes of stealing one.
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“The boys played well and battled for each other tonight,” Blazers assistant coach Phil Carron said. “Hopefully this is a vision.”