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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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