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  • Longtime Trenton hockey Coach Mike Turner became the winningest coach in Michigan on Tuesday night. He broke the record with his 624th win in his team's 6-0 shutout victory over Roosevelt in the Trojans' pre-regional. Photos by Larry Caruso
In the history of Michigan High School hockey, no one has done it better than Coach Mike Turner.

And with his team’s 6-0 victory over Roosevelt Tuesday night in a MHSAA first-round pre-regional game, the veteran Trenton coach moved into first place on the all-time Michigan coaching wins list.

Tuesday’s win was No. 624 for Turner, pushing him past former East Kentwood Coach Ron Baum, who had 623 wins in 35 seasons behind the Falcons bench.

After the game, Turner was greeted by well-wishers, including Roosevelt Coaches Mike and Joe Quint, who each played for him and he admitted that he was happy get the record.

He said that he first started being aware of the milestone during the 2012 season as he neared the 600-victory plateau.

It was at that time that he realized that the state record was just 623 and that he had a shot at it.

As he got closer, he tried to keep it to himself.

“I wanted to keep it about the team,” he said. “I never came to the rink and talked about.”

But Tuesday night, after breaking the record, he was obliged to talk.

“When you get to something like this, it causes you to look back and reflect,” he said. “I remember the 1996 team because we were undefeated. You also reflect back on big games you won and some you lost and you realize that it all evens out over 28 years.”

But, while the record is nice, Turner said he is glad to have it over and done with.

“Now everything is out of the way. We don’t need to worry about it anymore and that’s good because we have a state tournament going on,” he said.

And it was in impressive fashion that the Trojans opened the 2014 tournament.

The Trojans scored one time in the first period, led 5-0 after two periods and coasted to the 6-0 win over their Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League rivals.

The young Bears gave a spirited effort, especially in the first period. Trenton came out and got the first seven shots in rapid succession in the first three minutes, but the Bears steadied themselves and shots were just 11-10 in Trenton favor at the end of the first period.

Andrew Sawyer scored 13:30 into the period, with assists from Mitch Galea and Justin Dunn.

Trenton could have had a few more goals, but Roosevelt goalie Frank Cerulla made several unbelievable saves to him his team’s hopes alive.

Those hopes kind of crumbled in the second period as Dunn, Phil Pugliese, Griffin Sawyer and Mike Kinney all scored.

Nick Bondy capped the scoring midway through the final period when his slap shot from the point hit the crossbar behind Curella and deflected into the net.

Andrew Sawyer finished the night with four points, Dunn had three and Mitch Galea, Kinney and Bondy had two each.

With just 23 saves, Trenton goalie Nick Ramirez was not overworked, but he did make key saves when he was called on. Trenton got six of its 32 shots past Cerulla.

Trenton is now 21-4-1 and will play Grosse Pointe South in a second-round game Thursday night at the Kennedy Recreation Center at 7:30 p.m.

Last Updated: 2/25/2014 11:38:41 PM EST

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