BURLINGTON, N.J. - Carl Fulsher of Marquette was eliminated at the Icehouse New Jersey Invitational bubble hockey tournament on Sunday by the eventual champion of the event.
The 24-player field included individuals from five states, with Fulsher the only one from Michigan.
The Marquette Senior High School and Northern Michigan University graduate lost to top-seeded and world champion Jeremy Davis of Connecticut in the quarterfinals after qualifying with a 3-1-1 record.
Their match was tied 4-4 before Davis scored three goals in a row to win 7-4.
This was the longtime player's first sanctioned tournament after playing on Marquette-area bubble machines made popular in the aftermath of the U.S. hockey team's "Miracle on Ice" gold-medal performance at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.
"My goal was to make the quarters and I did that," Fulsher said. "With a better draw, I might have been able to avoid Jeremy (Davis) until the finals.
"They were calling me the 'quick guy from Michigan' and I did very well for my first official sanctioned tournament."
Fulsher, the Upper Peninsula's community representative for the American Cancer Society and its Relay For Life Events, is working to organize organizing a bubble hockey tournament and leagues in the Marquette area.
For more information, call Fulsher at 250-4129.