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HOCKEY: No. 2 Trenton beats No. 1 Stevenson

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Computers do make mistakes and the visiting Trenton hockey team proved it Wednesday night when the Trojans invaded Livonia’s Eddie Edgar Arena and beat – no, dominated – Stevenson 4-1.

In its recent poll, the ranking organization United States High School Hockey Online (USHSHO.com) which reportedly uses computers and strength-of-schedule to rank teams, rated Stevenson the No. 1 Division 2 team in Michigan.

Wednesday night the Spartans failed to pass the eyeball test as Trenton – No. 2-ranked Trenton – led from wire-to-wire and was never in jeopardy of losing this game.

“When we play the way we are capable, that’s the kind of results we can get,” said an obviously pleased Trenton Coach Mike Turner.

In addition to its lofty ranking, Stevenson came into the game averaging more than six goals a game. The Spartans also own an early season win over MIHL foe Birmingham Brother Rice and their only previously loss was to USHSHO No.1-ranked Division 3 Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook.

None of that mattered Wednesday night as Mitch Galea and Andrew Sawyer scored to give Trenton a 2-0 lead after two periods.

Trenton’s defense did a marvelous job of shutting down Stevenson’s high-powered offense, including vaunted Dominic Lutz, who entered the game with 33 goals and 62 total points.

Lutz was a near non-factor as the Trojans smoothly and easily cleared their own zone all night long and started dangerous offensive thrusts of their own.

Stevenson got a power play that lasted the final minute of the second period and the first minute of the third, but the Spartans were scarcely dangerous and soon after the power-play ended, Sawyer banked in a shot off the Stevenson goalie to give his team an insurmountable 3-0 lead.

Stevenson finally broke up Trenton goalie Nick Ramirez’s shutout with a goal midway through the final period, but that goal was more the result of a rare Trenton defensive breakdown than the fault of Ramirez.

Trailing by two goals, Stevenson yanked its goalie with two minutes left to play, but that strategy failed when Galea got loose in the Stevenson end and his rocket shot into the back of the net provided an exclamation point on the Trenton victory.

Trenton (12-3-1) has now won four straight games and is unbeaten (9-0-1) since Dec. 7.

The Trojans – the soon to be No. 1 Trojans – are at Warren De LaSalle Saturday and face Novi Detroit Catholic Central and Brother Rice next week before playing in the MIHL Showcase.

Last Updated: 1/22/2014 10:30:14 PM EST