By: Seth Kinker, email@example.com
The Chelsea Bulldogs Hockey season came to an end yesterday night at Yost Arena in Ann Arbor, MI. falling to the Riverview Gabriel Richard Pioneers 7-5 in the state quarterfinals.
The Bulldogs would strike first senior Brennan Wright would score 13 seconds after the puck dropped, cleaning up a loose puck in front of the net to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The Pioneers held possession throughout the first, the Bulldogs had transition opportunities but couldn’t get sustained possession in the Pioneer’s third of the rink.
With 7:21 remaining Bulldog senior forward Wes Sullivan got a five-minute major penalty for boarding. At the 2:54 mark the Pioneers scored another goal, but it was called back as a kick. The Bulldogs had barely finished killing the penalty when Pioneer senior Jacob Christensen scored on a putback to make the score 3-1 after the first period.
After the second period, the Pioneers still held a two-goal advantage, 5-3. The Pioneers scored on a rebound with Sullivan answering 26 seconds later to make the score 4-2 in favor of the Pioneers.
With 8:17 in the second period Bulldog junior Nicklas Holmberg put away a rebound from a shot by sophomore Gabe Vowles to make the score 4-3, but with 4:40 in the period the Pioneers struck again to keep their two-goal lead.
Early in the third, the Pioneers struck again, junior Josh Wiseman was unmarked near the circle and fired one past Bulldog sophomore goalkeeper Aidan Boote. The Pioneers would control the pace of the game until 4:07 when Vowles cleaned up a shot by Holmberg to get the Bulldogs within two, 6-4.
The Bulldogs pulled their goalie with 2:46 left and the Pioneers were able to score, sealing the victory.
Bulldog senior Braden Steele scored with 11 seconds left on a breakaway to make the final score 7-5.
While the loss bounced them from the playoffs, the season had many highlights. The Bulldogs won their third straight regional title, their 11th straight SEC title, and head coach Don Wright notched career win number 300.