Throwback Thursday: Sault Ste. Marie Falls in 2014 State Final
MISportsNow’s Throwback Thursday is looking back at northern Michigan’s greatest games, from buzzer beaters to state finals. This marks the 13th in the biweekly series.
PLYMOUTH – State power Sault Ste. Marie came up short of winning its first state championship since 1989 in a 2-1 loss to Farmington in the 2014 MHSAA Division 3 state final at Plymouth’s Compuware Ice Arena.
Appearing in its second straight Division 3 state final and ninth state final in program history, the Blue Devils fell behind 2-0 after the opening period on a pair of goals from Jason Petras.
Despite outshooting Farmington 30-22, Sault Ste. Marie’s lone goal came 18 seconds into the second period from Blake Mastaw.
“The first period was definitely kind of a trying period for us, because it was 2-0 instead of just one,” Sault Ste. Marie coach John Ferroni said after the loss. “I think one would have been a little bit easier to overcome because you’re going to have to score one goal to win the game anyways. It just didn’t happen that way.
“This class of seniors that I had, they came in when they were sophomores, about 10 of them. And they won about 60 games during the course of their high school careers. That’s pretty good. So they’ve got nothing to hang their heads at and they put together another remarkable season.”
Sault Ste. Marie (25-3-2) made nine state finals appearances from 1978-2014, beginning with the 1978 Tier I game. The Blue Devils won 1984 and 1989 Class B-C-D state championships.
The win gave Farmington (22-10) its first state title in program history.