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Carlson's run ends in state-quarterfinal loss to Chelsea WITH PHOTO GALLERY

  • Carlson's Noah Locke (12) heads into a scrum for possession near the boards during the first period of the Division 3 quarterfinal against Chelsea Wednesday night. Locke scored the Marauders' lone goal in a 2-1 loss. (MIPrepZone photo gallery by George Pohly)

Gibraltar Carlson’s historic run came to an end at the hands of Chelsea in the Division 3 quarterfinal Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs advanced to the state semifinal with a 2-1 victory over the Marauders at Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor. The loss to Chelsea came on the heels of the Carlson hockey program winning its first-ever regional title, with a 3-2 triple-overtime victory over Riverview Gabriel Richard Saturday, March 5.

Carlson (16-11) wasn’t able to recapture the magic Wednesday night.

Chelsea’s Jack Miller netted the game winner with 1:46 left in the third period, securing the Bulldogs’ date with Grand Rapids Catholic Central in the state semifinal Friday afternoon.

Chelsea (23-3-2) scored the game’s final two goals after Noah Locke gave Carlson (18-11) a 1-0 lead with 6:11 left remaining in the second period.

Alec Daman tied the game at one on a power play goal with 10:09 left in the third period to help set the stage for Miller’s heroics. Sean Cox assisted on both Chelsea goals.

The Bulldogs finished 1-for-2 on the power play; The Marauders finished 0-for-3 with a man advantage.

Despite suffering the loss in net, Carlson goalie Brendan Gutekunst managed to make 60 saves on 62 shots — keeping his team in the game much of the night. Chelsea’s Derek Schaedig stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced.

Chelsea will play Catholic Central for a state championship game berth at 1:30 p.m. Friday at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth.

Last Updated: 3/9/2016 11:44:41 PM EST