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Seattle Jr. Totems

Totes claim their first ever Northwest Division title!

The Bellingham Blazers needed to secure just one point from their home-and-home series with second-place Seattle in order to claim the Northwest Division title, but the Totems swept all six available points to claim the division crown and the top seed for next week’s division semifinals.  If both teams win their division semifinal series next week, they will meet again in the Northwest Division Finals – but now that series will be played in Seattle instead of Bellingham.  The Blazers also draw a much tougher semifinal opponent next week – the Southern Oregon Spartans – as a result of surrendering the #1 seed.

Seattle 7 @ Bellingham 3 – Four straight goals in the second period – three of them in a span of 3:48 – propelled the Seattle Totems to a 7-3 road win over the Bellingham Blazers Friday night.  The win put the Totems in a position to snatch the Northwest Division title from the Blazers with another win in Seattle Saturday night.

Cameron Waisman scored twice for the Totems.  His first goal broke the ice 1:16 into the contest and his second closed out the scoring with 2:18 to go in the game.

Seattle goalie Rustam Kulizade made 26 of his 34 saves over the first two periods.  Bellingham’s Kolter Pawlick (20 saves), meanwhile, stopped 17 of 19 shots in the first period and was lifted early in the second.  His replacement, Edward Coffey, made 17 saves.

Jamahl Eakett scored his 50th goal of the season for Bellingham.

Bellingham 3 @ Seattle 7 – The Totems made it matching 7-3 wins with the victory on home ice Saturday, completing their pursuit of the Blazers for the Northwest Division title.  Seattle finishes atop the Northwest Division with 106 points to Bellingham’s 105.  It is the first division title for Seattle in their seventh season in the WSHL.

The Totems built a 3-0 lead in the first period and never trailed.  Temirlan Skindirov scored twice and added an assist for Seattle while Kason Furukawa dished out three assists.

Timothy Prexler put Bellingham on the board 6:24 into the second period, but Skindirov replied just :16 later with his first of the game to restore Seattle’s three-goal lead and short-circuit the Blazers attempt to get back in the game.

Prexler put a shot in off the post on a breakaway that Kulizade covered up quickly.  It was not immediately called a goal, but the officials put it on the board.  That gave the Blazers some life, but it did not last long.

Furukawa made a long cross-ice pass through the neutral zone that banked off the left-wing boards to Skindirov.  He broke in a lone and scored on his backhand to make it 3-1 Seattle and take the wind out of Bellingham’s sails.


18/19 Seattle Totems

Totes sweep aside the Spartans!

The Seattle Totems stayed within striking distance of first-place Bellingham by sweeping nine points from the Southern Oregon Spartans on the road.

Seattle 4, Southern Oregon 0 – Rustam Kulizade continues to look like a big in-season pickup for the Seattle Totems. He made 15 of his 38 saves in the third period to help the Totes to a 4-0 road win over the Southern Oregon Spartans on Friday.
Four different Seattle skaters scored, including Temirlan Skindirov, who scored the game-winner 12:03 into the first period and also had an assist.

Seattle 6, Southern Oregon 2 – Linus Eriksson (2-2-4) and Cameron Waisman (2-1-3) each scored twice and Kulizade stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 6-2 Totems win on Saturday.
Michele Vignoli Sanin put Southern Oregon on the board just :41 into the contest, but that seemed to wake Seattle up as the Totems accounted for the next six goals in succession. Seattle scored two goals in each period.

Seattle 7, Southern Oregon 2 – It took a while for Seattle to get their offense going on Sunday, but they finished strong and won, 7-2, to complete their sweep.
Almost half the game – 28:46 – went by without any scoring, then three goals in a span of 2:18 put the Totems up 3-0. The Spartans came back to within a goal with two quick strikes of their own, but then Seattle recovered, regaining a two-goal lead by the second intermission then tacking three more on in the third for a 7-2 win.
Cameron Waisman scored twice for Seattle while Kulizade made 35 saves on 37 shots for his third win in as many days.

Totes split a pair with the Blazers!

The top two teams in the Northwest Division split a home-and-home set with each team winning in the other’s barn.  It was part of a stretch of four games in four days for the Totems, who claimed nine of 12 points and moved to within 17 points of the first-place Blazers.

Bellingham 5, Seattle 2 – The Seattle Totems scored early in the third period to pull within a goal, but the Bellingham Blazers responded with a pair of goals later in the frame for a 5-2 win in Seattle on Friday.

Gabriel Sbop scored at the 3:54 mark of the third period to cut Bellingham’s lead to one goal at 3-2.  With the Totems setting up their breakout on the power play, Sbop swooped behind the Seattle net with speed, picked up the puck and made an electric end-to-end rush, evading all four Bellingham defenders inside the Blazers blue line and beating Bellingham netminder Edward Coffey with a shot low to the stick side.

Sbop’s tally gave the Totems some life, but the Blazers were able to come up with a big play when they needed it.

With Bellingham again playing short a man, and protecting a one-goal lead, Robbie Eichelberger dug a puck out of a scrum along the wall in the Bellingham end, charged up ice with the puck, then dished it over to Thomas Steven for a tap-in to restore the two-goal lead for the Blazers.

Eichelberger had a goal and two assists in the game.

Timothy Prexler added an insurance goal with 3:34 to go in the game to but a bow on the “W” for Bellingham.

Coffey made 24 saves and picked up the win, stopping 15 of 16 shots over the final 40 minutes.

Ruslan Kulizade made 25 saves for Seattle.

Seattle 1, Bellingham 0 – In Bellingham on Sunday, the two teams battled hard in a playoff-type game that saw Seattle’s Alec Johnson provide the only goal in a 1-0 Totems road win.

The contest was a goaltending duel between Seattle’s Kulizade and Kolter Pawlick of Bellingham which Kulizade won by stopping all 36 shots sent his way.  Pawlick was the tough-luck loser, stopping 38 of 39 shots.

Kulizade and Pawlick denied everything for the first 48:04 of the game until Johnson finally made sure the red lights were working at Bellingham Sportsplex.  Gabriel Sbop was first on a loose puck and cycled it down the left wall and behind the Bellingham net where Cameron Waisman retrieved it.  He quickly backhanded a pass into the slot Johnson was waiting between the circles for a quick one-timer that proved to be the game-winner as the only goal of the game.

Totes take 2 from the Admirals!

The Seattle Totems do not look like they will allow themselves to be chased down from behind in the second half of the Northwest Division race, handily defeating West Sound in a split two-game set.

Seattle 6, West Sound 2 – Six different skaters scored for the Seattle Totems, who built a 5-0 lead in the second period, then held on for a 6-2 win over the West Sound Admirals on Thursday.

Totems goalie Wyatt Monear stopped 18 of 19 shots through the first two periods, finishing the game with 28 saves as the visiting Ads out-shot their hosts, 30-29.

Noah Bird made 23 saves for West Sound, who’s goals came from Cory Kane and Alec Johnson.

Seattle 9, West Sound 4 – The Admirals returned to Olympicview Arena on Saturday to face the Totems, who had lost to the division-leading Bellingham Blazers on Friday.  If Seattle was fatigued by the extra game, West Sound was not able to capitalize on it.  The Totems scored seven times over the last two periods for a 9-4 win. 

Braden Sanchez and Temirlan Skindirov each had two goals and three assists in the game to spearhead the Totems offense.

Remaining home games for 18/19

Totes get big win on Thanksgiving eve!

Seattle 8, Bellingham 2 – Linus Ericsson and Gabriel Sbop scored two goals apiece to lead the Seattle Totems to an 8-2 win over the visiting Bellingham Blazers the night before Thanksgiving.

The second period began with the Blazers down by one, but with 1:59 left on a power play and a fresh sheet of ice.  Things went downhill quickly for Bellingham, however.  They failed to convert on the power play, then watched as the Totems scored three goals in a span of 1:16 to open up a four-goal lead.  The Blazers were never able to get back in the game after that.

Thomas Steven and Timothy Prexler were the goal-scorers for Bellingham. 

Seattle Totems @ Cold Lake Wings

The Seattle Totems began and finished their weekend excursion into Western Canada with wins over the Wings in Cold Lake.

Seattle 11, Cold Lake 4 – Cold Lake’s Ilias Okemow scored three times in the second period on Thursday, and each time he got the Wings within a goal, but the Seattle Totems exploded for six unanswered goals in the third period to win, 11-4.

Seattle’s Dominik Cach and Gabriel Sbop matched Okemow’s three-goal output and Michael Shippee (2-3-5) and Cameron Waisman (1-4-5) each had five-point nights.

Seattle 7, Cold Lake 3 – Gabriel Sbop (2-3-5) and Dominik Cach (2-2-4) led the way for Seattle on Saturday as the Totems closed out their swing through Western Canada with a 7-3 win over the Wings at Cold Lake.

Michael Shippee (1-3-4) also had a big game for the Totes while Anson Smith scored all three goals for Cold Lake.

Benjamin Colvin stopped 22 of 25 shots for Seattle while Cold Lake’s Brendan Culbertson made 23 of his 45 saves in the third period

Seattle 13, Meadow Lake 2 – Cameron Waisman scored four goals and Banjamin Colvin made 21 saves as the Seattle Totems defeated the Meadow Lake Mustangs, 13-2, on Friday.

Linus Eriksson (2-1-3), Dominik Cach (2-1-3) and Anders Larsen (1-3-4) also had big games for the Totes.

Host Families Wanted for 18/19

The Seattle Jr Totems are looking for Host Families for the upcoming season. The Host Families are the backbone of the organization and provides a unique opportunity for you to be an integral part of the team.

If you have the room and are interested in hosting a Totems player please contact the Totems billet coordinator Heather Nash at 425 350 2701 or at heather1693@yahoo.com

Thank you for helping make the difference.

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Home of the Seattle Junior Totems

22202 70th Ave W.
Mountlake Terrace, WA. 98043-2145

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Totes add Olson to staff for 18/19 !

Chad Olson is going into his first season as the Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager of the Seattle Totems. Before joining the Totems, Olson was the Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager for the West Sound Warriors in 2017 and held the same position for the Butte Cobras in 2016, where he helped build both programs into Thorne Cup contending teams. Olson works tirelessly and passionately in both player recruitment and player-community development.

 

Olson is getting married in the middle of July to his fiancé, Emma. They and their two dogs, are all thrilled to be a part of the Totem Family. Chad is a motivated and energetic recruiter that has proven he can recruit above-average players at our level. We are all very excited to have Chad join the Totems! We believe Chad will be a remarkable General Manager at the Junior level and has the opportunity to move higher as he gains more experience! Olson is extremely honored to be apart of the Totems Family and stated “This has been something Murphy and I spoke about 4 years ago, We have never been more excited about this season!”   T4L

17/18 Seattle Totems

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