The last time Squalicum and Bellingham met on Nov. 22, 2013, the Storm had won 11 of 12 games, outscoring teams 43-3 over that stretch. The Red Raiders, although making it to the Class 2A semifinals, weren’t nearly as dominant, scraping together wins any ways possible. What transpired was an upset in every way, Bellingham catching lighting in a bottle and defeating the Storm 2-1 on a late Brooke Baker goal, sending Squalicum to the third-place game and the Red Raiders into the championship.
It was a bitter pill for a Storm team that had championship aspirations from the onset of the season — Bellingham gladly handing its city rival a stinging loss.
Thursday night at 7 p.m., at Civic Stadium, the two meet in a nonconference game for the first time, offer yet another chance for the two powers in the NWC to make a statement early.
Bellingham Red Raiders (0-1)
Squalicum Storm (1-0)