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HOCKEY: Trenton wipes out Carlson, Marauders bounce back

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No one expected a close game when the Trenton hockey team squared off with Kennedy Recreation Center roommate Carlson and those expectations were net last Friday.

The Trojans outshot the Marauders 39-10 and beat them 8-0 in a game that did not last the full three period s because of the mercy rule.

Mitch Galea’s goal – Trenton’s eighth of the night – a little more than three minutes into the final period put an end to the game.

The game was 2-0 after the first period and 6-0 after the second.

Justin Dunn led the Trojans with four goals. Phil Pugliese had two and Conor Cunningham and Galea had the others.

Galea also had two assists, as did Quinn Preston. Andrew Sawyer did not score, but he assisted on three of the Trenton goals.

Goalies Nick Ramirez and Garrett Carroll shared the shutout for Trenton. Ramirez started and faced three shots in the period he played. Carroll faced seven shots in his one-plus period of play.

The Trojans, now 7-3 this season, got to Allen Park tonight and to Orchard Lake St. Mary Saturday.

In what was the first game of 2014 for both squads, Cabrini hosted Carlson in an SEHL battle last Saturday night and was knocked off 6-3.

The Monarchs (1-10) took an early 1-0 lead, and trailed only 3-2 after two periods, but the Marauders pulled away in the final period with three goals and secured the victory.

To get on the board first, Cabrini’s Dominic Czakja fired a shot over the goaltender’s shoulder and into the net, with Sheldon Varhol earning an assist.

Carlson tied the game with a shot from Steve Trosell, assisted by Rich Brown and Tony Martucci.

After Carlson tied the game, the blue-and-gold skaters reclaimed the lead with a goal from Varhol, which was assisted by Joe Hay.

The Marauders struck back with two unanswered goals and claimed the narrow 3-2 advantage going into the final 17 minutes.

Zak Skog and Jake Thomas found the back of the net, with Aaron Thomas and Alex Johnson recording assists.

It was Cabrini that scored first in the last period, as Hay found the back of the net and made it a 3-3 game. Assists on Hay’s goal went to Varhol and Jason Wilk.

After tying the game, however, the Monarchs struggled to keep up with Carlson.

The visitors grabbed a 4-3 third-period lead and then scored two more times to ultimately skate away with the 6-3 victory.

Two quick goals from Patrick Holder and Drew Coleman put the Monarchs up 5-3. Each assisted on the other’s goal with Austin Jarinski also assisting on both.

It was a comfortable lead, but the Marauders were not finished and Austin Bliznik smacked one in with five seconds to go for insurance.

“The team played two and a half really strong periods and then ran out of gas physically and mentally in the last of the third,” said Cabrini Coach Bill Alvis.

Carlson Coach Dennis Gundick thought Holder, Coleman and Jarinski were key to the win.

“They went out there and they wanted to win,” he said. “They scored two quick goals and we rotated them and gave them a lot of ice time.”

Gundick said it was a good game and said Cabrini is always a good opponent.

“Cabrini skated real well,” he said. “They were always one shot away from being in the game.

“Because we played them so tough the first game we decided to give all our kids an opportunity to play so we rolled four lines until late in the third and then went back to three.”

The Marauders were coming off an 8-0 loss to Trenton the night before.

“We actually played a decent first period,” Gundick said. “In the first period it was 2-0 Trenton and then we took a lot of penalties.”

Carlson finished the game with 10 penalties in the loss.

Three days after Christmas the team skated to a 3-3 tie with Dearborn Unified.

The Marauders were leading 3-2 going into the third before DU tied things up and the score held through an overtime period.

Goals came from Dylan Nixdorf, Ben Ott and Alex Johnson with Skog, Garrett Tyrna, Jarinski, Holder and Bliznik and Gage Darga recording assists.

DU led just 35 seconds into the first period, taking advantage of a defensive turnover inside the blue line before the Marauders tied things up.

After 34 minutes Carlson had a 3-2 advantage before things got tied up in the third. Shots were even in the game at 25-25.

“It was a pretty good game,” Gundick said. “Dearborn’s a good team. We had a lot of opportunities, we just couldn’t find the back of the net.

“We were pretty satisfied with it being a holiday weekend.”

The Marauders take on Roosevelt tonight.

Next up for the Monarchs is a game tomorrow against Downriver CHSL foe Richard, at Southgate Civic Arena.

This weekend, both teams will be at Southgate Civic Arena for the SEHL Showcase. On Friday Cabrini will take on Monroe at 8 p.m. on Rink B and Saturday Carlson will take on Anderson at 7:30 p.m. on Rink A.

Last Updated: 1/7/2014 2:07:28 PM EST