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HOCKEY: Dominating Trojans win division title, Turner ties record (PHOTOS)
The Trenton hockey team celebrated five goals and a Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League South Division title Friday night in a 5-2 win over second-place U-of-D Jesuit.
Trenton goalie Nick Ramirez made some sensational saves, especially in the third period of Wednesday's win over U-of-D.
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The Trenton hockey team beat U-of-D Jesuit 5-2 Wednesday night to capture the Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League South Division championship.
In the process the Trojans handed veteran Coach Mike Turner his 623rd career victory, tying him with former East Kentwood Coach Ron Baum for the top spot among Michigan hockey coaches.
After the game, Turner admitted that it felt good to reach the top.
“It does feel good,” he said. “It’s a milestone you don’t set out to achieve, but once you get close, you can’t help but thinking about it. I’ve kept it to myself, but I have talked about it with family and friends.”
Turner will set about trying to pass Baum Friday night when his team goes to Bloomfield Hills to face Cranbrook. The Cranes are MIHL North Division champs and Friday’s winner will claim the overall league title.
Wednesday’s win over U-of-D was really never in doubt after Trenton scored three times in the first period, but it was hardly a clean game.
After completely dominating the first period – which included holding the Cubs without a shot the first 13 minutes of the game – the Trojans came unglued in the third period.
Trenton lost Mitch Galea to an unsportsmanlike penalty, followed by a misconduct penalty early in the third period and without their leading scorer, Trenton’s top line – and the whole team for that matter – looked a little discombobulated for the remainder of the game.
After outshooting the Cubs 15-3 in the first period, Trenton found itself outshot 18-4 in the third. For the game, incredibly, Trenton was outshot 27-25.
Trenton scored less than five minutes into the game when Andrew Sawyer whacked one in.
Near the end of the period, defenseman Michael Kinney scored on a slap shot and 25 seconds later Sol Markus scored for a 3-0 lead.
The Trojans kept up the pace early in the second period as Quinn Preston whistled one past U-of-D goalie Jacob Robinson less than two minutes into the period.
Three minutes later, Justin Dunn scored to make it 5-0 and Kennedy Arena was rocking.
But success may have come a bit too early and easily as the tide began to shift soon afterward.
In the final five minutes of the period U-of-D scored it first goal on just its eighth shot of the night. Just before the second intermission, the Cubs rang one off the crossbar behind Trenton goalie Nick Ramirez.
Galea got waved off just 1:30 into the third period and U-of-D scored on the subsequent power play, but the goal was disallowed by the officials, incurring the wrath of the U-of-D fans in attendance,.
Just past the midway point of the third period, the Cubs did score and moments later they clanged another one off the goalpost.
With 18 shots in the period, the Cubs were constantly dangerous, but Ramirez played well to keep the ship steady.
On the other end, Jack Deines, who replaced Robinson in goal for U-of-D after Preston’s goal, played very well, too. He stoned the Trojans several times with sensational saves and got fortunate that several shots hit him, too.
“It wasn’t the way we wanted it to go,” said Turner of the late-game drama.
Dunn finished the night with a goal and two assists and Sawyer had one of each.
Galea, Nick Bondy, Griffin Sawyer, Aaron Arturi and Phil Pugliese also added assists.
Trenton is now unbeaten in its last 18 games, going 17-0-1 over that span.
Friday in Bloomfield Hills, the Trojans will try and end the regular season on a 19-game unbeaten streak and put a cherry on top with an overall MIHL championship.
Last Updated: 2/21/2014 12:53:04 PM EST