Grand Haven's varsity hockey team's first-ever trip to the state quarterfinals wasn't the memorable experience the Bucs intended it to be.
A slow start in the first period proved costly for the Bucs, as Saginaw Heritage jumped out to a 3-1 lead, including a shorthanded goal to open the scoring. The Hawks added an insurance goal in the second period and skated to a 4-1 victory.
The Hawks, which entered the contest unranked in Division 2, advance to Thursday's state semifinal in Plymouth, where they'll face Livonia Stevenson. Grand Haven sees its memorable season come to a close at 16-9-3.
The Bucs' lone goal came with 4:12 remaining in the first period, as senior Asa Pellegrom scored on a power play, which was assisted by senior Patrick Ferris. That goal cut Heritage's lead to 2-1, but the Hawks answered with a power play goal of their own nearly three and half minutes later.
For more on the Bucs' loss, see Wednesday's Grand Haven Tribune.