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PRE-REGIONAL HOCKEY: Big third period propels Trenton past Anderson(PHOTO)
Trenton swarmed Anderson goalie Chris Dusik Monday night, sending 51 shots his way. But for two periods, the Titan goalie was sensational, stopping 37 of 38 shots in the first two periods and keeping his team in the game.
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But in the end, it was Trenton taking a curtain call after a 6-1 victory.
Dusik, Anderson’s goaltender, was spectacular through the first 34 minutes.
He robbed Brad Teska, who had a point-blank chance to score less than four minutes into the game and that set the tone.
Dusik stopped 37 of 38 Trenton shots, including 28 of 29 in the first period, as the Trojans stormed the Southgate zone, but came away frustrated time and again.
Trenton finally got on the board late in the first period and it took a rebound to get the job done.
Phil Pugliese banged one in at 14:13 mark, but the spell still was not broken as Dusik made nine more saves in the second period and the score was still 1-0 heading into the third.
But Trenton’s sharpshooters finally came up with the solution to the Titan goalie and scored five times in the final 17 minutes to wrap up the win.
Andrew Sawyer scored just 1:55 into the final period and that opened the floodgates.
Andrew Lindsay scored back-to-back goals and Teska got a little revenge for the earlier stoning by backhanding one in and it was 5-0.
Southgate’s Kelly O’Brien broke up Nick Ramirez’s shutout bid with a little under two minutes to play, but Trenton’s Brenden Hoffman got that back to account for the final scoring.
Titans James Birmingham and Nick Spagnol assisted on O’Brien’s goal, while Connor Cunningham had two assists for Trenton and it was a two-point night for Lindsay, Pugliese and Hoffman.
The victory bumped Trenton’s record to 14-11-1 and vaulted the Trojans into Thursday night’s pre-regional final against Woodhaven, which beat Roosevelt 2-0 in Monday’s other first-round game.
The two teams met once before this season with Trenton winning 8-2 back on Dec. 5
Thursday’s game is set for 7 p.m. back at the Ice Box, with the winner advancing to the regional final at Trenton Saturday at 7:30 against the winner of the pre-regional hosted by Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena.
In a Division 3 pre-regional at Allen Park, Cabrini fell to Dearborn Divine Child 11-0.
Last Updated: 2/27/2013 12:17:57 PM EST