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Calumet blanks Chelsea 3-0 to reach state finals

Calumet celebrates their 3-0 victory over Chelsea in the MHSAA DIvision 3 semi-finals Friday, March 26, 2021 at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Michigan. (TIMOTHY ARRICK - Houghton Mining Gazette)

PLYMOUTH — Calumet reached its first state finals since 2017 with a 3-0 win against Chelsea in Friday’s MHSAA Division 3 state semifinals.

The Copper Kings (16-0-1) meet Cranbrook Kingswood at 3 p.m. Saturday for the state championship at the USA Hockey Arena. Calumet’s last state championship was 2008, and finished runner-up in 2011 and 2017.

The Copper Kings were poised for a state championship run last year when the tournament was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic the day before their state semifinal game against Detroit Country Day.

Calumet was led by Aksel Loukus’ 23 saves. Caden Lehto opened the scoring with a goal 12 minutes into the first period. Elliot Sturos and Zach Larson assisted the goal.

Seth Coppo scored three minutes into the third with assists from Lukas Pfau and Sturos. Jackson Rilei sealed the game with an unassisted goal with four minutes remaining.

CHE 0 0 0 — 0

CAL 1 0 2 — 3

First Period–Scoring–1, CAL, Lehto, (E. Sturos, Larson), 11:52.

Second Period–Penalties–CHE, Davila, (hooking), 10:06. CHE, Montgomery, (tripping), 12:16. CAL, N. Sturos, (cross-checking), 12:53.

Third Period–Scoring–2, CAL, Coppo, (Pfau, E. Sturos), 2:58. 3, CAL, Rilei, 12:56. Penalties–CAL, Jurmu, (interference), 0:24. CAL, Jukuri, (high-sticking), 7:20. CHE, Westcott, (roughing), 7:48. CHE, Lopes, (tripping), 14:02. CAL, Williams, (tripping), 15:40. CHE, Westcott, (elbowing), 16:27.

Cranbrook Kingswood 4, Flint Powers Catholic 1

Cranbrook scored four straight goals to reach its first state finals since winning in 2015.

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