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HOCKEY: Trenton unbeaten streak reaches 16 games

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The schedule keeps setting them up and the Trenton hockey team keeps knocking them down.

Last week at the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League Showcase at Trenton’s Kennedy Recreation Center, the Trojans won three more times, moving their unbeaten streak to 16 games. Trenton is now 15-0-1 since Dec. 7 and 18-3-1 overall.

In their three Showcase outings, Trenton beat Port Huron Northern 5-1, Hartland 5-3 and Traverse City Central 9-1.

“We played hard and we played pretty good all week,” said Coach Mike Turner.

The only real glitch of the week came on Friday when the Trojans built a 2-0 first-period lead and then let Hartland bet back into the game with three second-period goals.

But tied 3-all, Trenton retook control on goals by Aaron Arturi and Justin Dunn.

Arturi’s goal, the game-winner, came on a quick snap shot after some fine passing by Quinn Preston and Phil Pugliese.

Preston, Griffin Sawyer and Mitch Galea had the first three Trenton goals.

Trenton goalie Nick Ramirez gave up three goals on 36 shots, but one was shorthanded and two were fluky in nature.

On Saturday, Trenton routed Traverse City in a rare Showcase mercy-rule game.

The Trojans led only 2-1 after the first period, but five second-period goals in a six-minute span put the game away.

It was a bonanza on the scoresheet for Trenton as Galea had a hat trick and five points and Griffin Sawyer and Dunn each had two goals and four points. Sol Markus and Nick Bondy also scored and set-up man Andrew Sawyer assisted on five of the nine Trenton goals.

Ramirez and Garrett Carroll shared time in the crease for the Trojans.

The stretch opened for the Trojans with their win over MIHL rival Port Huron, a game that was a lot closer than the 5-1 final.

Trenton scored three times in the first period to take control, but it remained a back-and-forth game.

“Port Huron has a real solid team,” said Turner. “Their record is not great, but they lost some games early in the season.”

Port Huron outshot Trenton in the end 30-25, but could only get one past Ramirez, who has been rock-solid during Trenton’s unbeaten streak.

Markus, Preston, Dunn, Pugliese and Brandon Burke had the Trenton goals.

Trenton hosts Warren DeLa Salle tonight and then is off until hosting U-D Jesuit in a MIHL South Division first-place showdown on Feb. 19.

Last Updated: 2/11/2014 3:58:27 PM EST

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