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HOCKEY: Unbeaten in seven, Trenton skaters finding their groove

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The Trenton hockey team has spent the season looking for a big-time trophy to hang on the way.

So far the Trojans have not come up with that “signature” win, but they came close last Friday when they tied 2-all with state-ranked Orchard Lake St. Mary.

Trenton led 2-0 late in the game, but a penalty followed by an unsportsmanlike penalty for shooting the puck after the whistle had blown gave the Eaglets a full two minute 5-on-3 advantage.

St. Mary scored on the 5-on-3 and then again on the subsequent power play and, despite an eight-minute overtime, they game ended without further scoring.

Trenton’s goals came from Mitch Galea and Andrew Sawyer. Galea also had an assist.

Goalkeeper Nick Ramirez played a strong game in net, allowing just the two power-play goals while facing 39 shots.

The Trojans did not allow the frustration of Friday’s late tie to carry over to Saturday when they ripped Grosse Pointe North for the second time this year.

Trenton outshot the Norsemen 31-12 and scored an easy 6-0 win. Ramirez and Garrett Carroll split the time in net for Trenton.

The only downside to the game for Trenton was the 10 penalties and 31 minutes spent in the penalty box, a point Coach Mike Turner addressed.

“That’s something we can’t have,” he said. “We have to be able to control ourselves and stay out of the box.”

Andrew Sawyer and Justin Dunn each had two goals to lead the offensive charge for Trenton. Galea and Griffin Sawyer had the other goals. Galea, who is second in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League with 35 points, assisted on four of the Trenton goals. Goalie Carroll also picked up an assist.

With the night’s efforts, Trenton now has four players among the top 11 in MIHL scoring. They are Galea, Dunn (34 points), Andrew Sawyer (30) and Quinn Preston (19).

A week ago Trenton braved the cold and travelled to Allen Park where they beat the Jaguars 5-2.

Trenton led 3-0 at the end of the first period and 4-1 at one point midway through the third.

Dunn and Sawyer again each had two goals and Galea had the other. Sawyer had two assists and Galea and Dunn each had one. Michael Kinney and Carl Olds also collected helpers.

Ramirez got the win, stopping 18 of 20 Allen Park shots.

Nick Metropoulos and Nick Fulton scored for the Jags.

Allen Park had recently won the Gabriel Richard News-Herald and Woodhaven tournaments and came into the game with some momentum.

“Allen Park played very well,” said Turner. “This was a big game for them and they were ready for it.”

Trenton is now 9-3-1 and unbeaten in its last seven games.

The Trojans visit Wyandotte tonight and go to Southgate Saturday.

Allen Park followed the loss to Trenton with a 3-1 loss to Michigan Metro League rival Grosse Pointe South last Saturday.

Allen Park led 1-0 for over a period after a goal in the opening period.

David Pischke scored with 10:43 left to play with assists form Metropoulos and Josh Haney.

The score held until the 12-minute mark of the second period when Grosse Pointe South scored a shorthanded goal to tie things up going into the third.

The Blue Devils scored on the power play about halfway through the final period to take the lead and added an empty netter with five seconds to go to ensure the win.

Todd Maynard was in net and stopped 15 of 17 shots faced on the night.

The Jags were back on the ice last night against Saline and will take on Carlson on Saturday.

Last Updated: 1/14/2014 1:42:05 PM EST