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.
“The boys played well and battled for each other tonight,” Blazers assistant coach Phil Carron said. “Hopefully this is a vision.”