Their season ended more than 3,000 miles from home up in Fairbanks, Alaska.
It’s over, perhaps, but not forgotten.
Michigan Warriors can reflect on a 2013-2014 North American Hockey League season and tuck it away under good memories.
The Warriors battled through a rugged North Division landscape to finish second in the six-team region before ousting the third-place Janesville Jets and top-seeded Port Huron Fighting Falcons in back-to-back playoff sets to advance to the NAHL’s Robertson Cup title tournament.
The Flint-based Warriors then had to fly to Alaska for a Robertson Cup semi-final series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs where the Michigan marathon ended with back-to-back setbacks.
Still, it was a good season for the Warriors, who under grizzled coach Moe Mantha, made it to the Robertson Cup for the second time in the four years that the team has been in Flint.
A 30-20-10 regular-season record was followed by a 6-1 mark in the North Division playoffs before two close losses up in Fairbanks at the Robertson Cup ended the Warriors grit-and-grind run.
Looking ahead to the 2014-2015 campaign, the Warriors will carry on without graduated forwards Zack Szajner, Colin Larkin, TJ Stuntz, Jake Hopfner, Connor Lyons and defencemen Jake Faiella, Sean Campbell and Jake Fairchild.
And while 15 players can return in 2014-2015, a few of those eligibles will move on or up.
Those who have NAHL time remaining include goalie Trevor Gorsuch, defencemen Ryan Dougherty, Cody Lichtenvoort, Josh Shellman and forwards Tyler Groat, Jon Farkas, Colin Horton, Alec Pellegrino et al.
Pellegrino, a bruiser, finished the season on the injured list but as a 1995 birth-year, is a prime prospect.
As well, the Warriors have tendered two top players from the Flint Jr. Generals of the North American 3 Hockey League for 2014-2015: defenceman Ryan Burr and forward Conor Durgan.
PHOTO: Defenceman Josh Shellman can return to the Michigan Warriors for the 2014-2015 season. (NAHL photo.)