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HOCKEY: Trojans go for title; Turner goes for record (PHOTO)
Nick Ramirez and the Trenton Trojans will have two goals tonight against U-of-D Jesuit-beat the Cubs to win the MIHL South Division outright and get record-tying win No. 623 for veteran Coach Mike Turner. Photo by Larry Caruso
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Call it the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League’s “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” and it helped no one more than the Trenton Trojans.
Last Friday – Valentine’s Day – Novi Detroit Catholic Central hammered U-of-D Jesuit 8-0, taking a little luster off Wednesday’s showdown between U-of-D and Trenton, but making Trenton’s path to the MIHL South title much easier.
Trenton leads U-of-D in the standing 19 points to 18 and has a game in hand. That means all Trenton has to do is tie or beat U-of-D to win the title outright. Even if Trenton loses to U-of-D, a win against Cranbrook in Saturday’s regular-season finale would mean a Trenton title. A tie would mean a share.
Trenton will come into the game well rested after having last played on home ice against Warren De LaSalle on Feb. 12.
In addition to losing CC, U-of-D played Dearborn Divine Child on Saturday and Birmingham Brother Rice on Monday, a heavy load for a team coming into a first-place showdown against the hottest team in the state of Michigan.
Last week’s win over De La Salle was Trenton’s 17th game in a row without a loss.
The Trojans also come into the battle with four of the MIHL’s top 10 scorers – Mitch Galea, Justin Dunn, Andrew Sawyer and Quinn Preston – and one of the league’s hottest goalies in Nick Ramirez.
In addition to all that, the Trojans will be playing for history as veteran Coach Mike Turner goes for state-record-tying victory No. 623.
Turner, who has guided Trenton to 10 of its 13 state hockey championships, is one victory away from tying former East Kentwood Coach Ron Baum on the all-time victory list.
The league-title race, Turner’s pursuit of Baum and the rest are all part of a healing dash to the Michigan High School Athletic Association state playoffs which will begin Feb. 24.
Last Updated: 2/18/2014 2:05:12 PM EST