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Bellingham Blazers Win WSHL NW Division Championship
March 31, 2019
The Bellingham Blazers defeated the Seattle Totems 2-0 Sunday to win the Western States Hockey League Northwest Division championship. The Blazers took the series 2 games to 1 to advance to the WSHL Thorne Cup Championship Series.
Bellingham only registered 16 shots in the game, but they made them count. Second period goals from Thomas Steven and Robbie Eichelberger accounted for all the scoring at OlympicView Arena. Steven got Bellingham on the board with an unassisted power play goal at the 18:13 mark. Eichelberger scored at the 9:27 mark off an assist from Aidan Mcnabb.
Edward Coffey was outstanding between the pipes for the Blazers. The Anchorage, Alaska native turned away 41 shots from Seattle.
Bellingham dropped game one in the series 5-2 on Friday, but bounced back for a 5-4 win over the Totems on Saturday to set-up the series clinching finale. Bellingham came out on top despite being dominated by Seattle during the regular season losing 8-of-12 games.
The Blazers move on to the 2019 WSHL Thorne Cup Championship Series in Ogden, Utah beginning April 9th. Bellingham is the 5th seed in group A along with #1 Ogden and #3 Long Beach. Group B features #2 Edson, #4 El Paso, and #6 Oklahoma City.
- Doug Lange
*Information from www.wshlstats.org in this story.