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Senior Justin Dunn has been around the block a few times, so when he found himself with the puck on his stick in front of the Birmingham Brother Rice net midway through the third period Friday night, he knew just what to do.

With the Trojans suddenly and surprisingly struggling and the game now tied, Dunn bore down one-on-one on Rice goalie John Bowman. Dunn made one move – to his forehand – and waited. Bowman blinked first and the Trenton forward had him.

With Bowman down and unable to move quickly, Dunn fired the puck home and the once wobbly Trenton ship was righted. You could almost visibly see Trenton’s swagger return as their fourth goal of the night was posted on the scoreboard.

Dunn’s finish was sweet, but the goal would never have happened without the hard work of his linemate Andrew Sawyer, who chased the puck into the Warrior zone and did a quick battle with two Brother Rice players to get the puck to Dunn, whose deposit proved to be the game-winner.

Trenton scored again in the final two minutes and skated away with a 5-3 victory. It was the same scored Brother Rice had beaten Trenton by back in December.

Early on, it did not look like this game was going to come down to a third-period struggle as Mitch Galea, who had two goals in a big win over Novi Detroit Catholic Central on Wednesday, scored two more in the first period. After Rice scored early in the second on a rebound, Dunn scored his first of the night. That goal chased Brother Rice starter Nick Macina. Trenton led 3-1 after two periods and looked comfortable with the lead.

But the Warriors scored two goals in three minutes in the first half of the third period and the game was afoot.

Last year, Trenton faded and lost two-goal leads several times. But that was then, this is now and the 2014 Trojans responded like champions.

After Trenton retook the lead, Rice applied heavy offensive pressure, but the Trojans played it smart, played defense and when they got their chance they struck.

Dunn spotted Phil Pugiese breaking out of his own zone and hit him with a spot-on pass. Like Dunn before him, Pugliese made no mistake with the breakaway as he deked once and slammed a backhand into the top shelf.

It was yet another impressive performance by the Trojans, who are unbeaten and 12-0-1 in their last 13 games. Overall Trenton is now 15-3-1. The team’s dominance is born out statistically where Galea, Dunn, Sawyer and Quinn Preston are all among the top 10 point-getters in the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League. At 8-1-1 in league games, Trenton tops the MIHL South Division.

Goalie Nick Ramirez, who starred by stopping 41 of 42 shots against Catholic Central, allowed three against Rice, but they were all on either rebounds or odd-man breaks.

Ramirez look strong when he needed to be and made a brilliant play in the third period, making a quick decision and showing some good straight-line speed to break up what would have been a Brother Rice breakaway. In addition, he not only broke up the play, but stayed on his feet and was back into position immediately in case Rice had somehow gained possession.

Trenton has now beaten three state-ranked teams (two No. 1s) in its last four games and will face two more – Harland and Traverse City Central – this week in the MIHL Showcase. Trenton faces Port Huron Northern Wednesday, Hartland Friday and Traverse City Saturday.

Fans are reminded that no passes will be honored on any of the four days of the Showcase

Last Updated: 1/31/2014 10:01:33 PM EST