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HOCKEY: Trojans overcome three-goal deficit in OT win over Bears (PHOTO AND VIDEO)

A hat trick and an early three-goal lead wasn’t enough to give the angry Roosevelt Bears a win over Trenton on Wednesday night in Wyandotte.

Roosevelt had a one-goal lead with just over a minute left to play in regulation, but the Trojans, also angry about a tough loss over the weekend, came back to tie the game and win 5-4 in overtime.

“Our guys had something to prove to themselves,” Trenton Coach Mike Turner said after the win.

Over the weekend, the Trojans had a 2-0 lead over Grosse Pointe North and eventually lost 3-2 and were hungry for a win.

“I’m just glad that we were able to come back when we were down three-nothing because it didn’t look good,” he said.

The Bears took an early lead and after a fluky second goal, Turner changed goalies in hopes of getting back in the game.

“You try and do that. You try and get a change and get something else going. That’s what we had to do and it worked.”

The Bears got the scoring started six minutes into the opening period when Ben Thompson skated wide and sniped a shot glove side, unassisted.

Just a few minutes later, Vinnie Jelsomeno netted his first of three on a bad bounce that left most viewers wondering what had happened. He was assisted by John Calhoun.

Jelsomeno got his second of the night, just over a minute in to the second period when he froze the goalie and shot one to the top shelf.

Griffin Maiani had the assist.

The Trojans got their first goal a minute later when they went on the power play after Maiani was called for cross checking.

Traffic in front of the net gave Nicholas Bondy a hole through the Roosevelt defense and the Trojans started their comeback.

Bondy was assisted by Andrew Sawyer and Aaron Davis.

Three minutes later, Trenton’s Andrew Lindsay got the Trojan’s second power play goal after Josh Hinderliter was called for checking from behind.

Bondy had the assist.

Roosevelt Coach Mike Quint says his team has been working on improving their penalty kills.

“We’re definitely struggling with our penalty kill,” he said.

Turner said his team hasn’t necessarily been struggling with power play goals, but has rather been unable to score goals against quality teams and he was pleased with the effort on Wednesday.

“We haven’t been shooting the puck enough and we've just been trying to get pretty goals and that hasn't worked either,” Turner said. “We’re trying to tell them to keep shooting and get the puck at the net…redirects…anything can happen from there. And we did that.”

The Trojans tied the game halfway through the second period when Phillip Pugliese found the back of the net, helped out by Quinn Preston and Brandon Hoffman.

“This was a game where we were down three-nothing and we told our guys don’t panic, and just one shot at a time,” Turner said. “We were able to draw it close in the third period again like we’ve seen so many times.

“Tonight we hung in there and got the tying goal late and the winning goal so good for our guys.”

The Bears regained their lead early in the third when Jelsomeno finished his hat trick on a rebound shot. He was assisted by Maiani.

The rest of the period passed quickly with the Bears controlling most of the play but with just over a minute left, Hoffman deflected a shot to tie the game.

Connor Cunningham had the assist.

The comeback gave the Trojans the boost they needed and they out-shot the Bears 3-0 in the overtime period.

The shots worked and with 5:28 left to play, Pugliese broke through the strong Roosevelt defense to give Trenton their win.

Preston and Hoffman had the assists.

“We just told them just try to keep the puck down low and outwork them in the corners,” Turner said. “I think that’s where the initial puck came from. We just had to outwork them.”

The Bears were on a quest for a win after an upset loss to Riverview over the weekend, but knew the Trojans would be tough.

“We’re sorry we gave up a three goal lead but I guess that happens,” Quint said. “They (Trenton) are always gonna come out period after period, shift after shift.

“That’s the way they’re brought up in Trenton. We knew what to expect. We kinda thought if we had a three goal lead, we could have at least protected it but that’s just the game of hockey I guess.”

Trenton, who was 6-6-1 coming in to the contest, was pleased with the win and hope to build off of it.

“We’ve just been back and forth,” Turner said. “Every time we take a giant step forward, we take a giant step backwards.

“This gives us one step ahead and we need to build off of this. Maybe this will be a boost for us.”

As the Trojans prepare to face Anderson on Saturday, the Bears will prepare for a tough Woodhaven team.

“It’s another tough goal,” Quint said. “We take it and try to learn from the loss and move on to the next one.”

Last Updated: 1/18/2013 2:40:52 PM EST

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