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  • Trenton hammered Grosse Pointe South 6-0 Thursday night and got one step closer to another state title. Photo gallery by Larry Caruso

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It was close for a while, but after leading by just one goal after the first period and two after the second, the Trenton hockey team put its foot on the gas and roared to a 6-0 victory over Grosse Pointe South in a pre-regional game at Trenton Thursday night.

With the win, Trenton moved into Saturday night’s regional championship game against Livonia Stevenson, which was the Livonia pre-regional winner at Eddie Edgar Arena Thursday night.

It will be the second meeting of season between the two highly ranked Division 2 teams. Trenton beat Stevenson 3-1 in Livonia last month.

Thursday night in Trenton, the Trojans stormed the Grosse Pointe South zone early and when Mitch Galea jammed one in from the side of the net 5:16 into the game, it looked like Trenton was off and flying.

But while the Trojans kept up the pressure – totaling 12 shots in the first period – they could not score again.

In the second period, Trenton took three straight penalties, which helped keep the Trojan offense at bay.

But with less than a minute to play and a Grosse Pointe power play just expired, Trenton’s Aaron Arturi found himself alone in front of the Grosse Pointe net and backhanded one past goalie Andrew Wright for a 2-0 Trenton advantage.

The third period belonged to Trenton, which fired eight shots at the Grosse Pointe goal and scored on half of them. It was Grosse Pointe South picking up three straight penalties in the third period and Trenton scored during two of the ensuing power plays.

Andrew Sawyer had two of the goals and Quinn Preston and Phil Pugliese had the others.

It was a big night for the Arturi, Preston, Pugliese line as that group accounted for three goals and seven points. The Sawyer, Galea, Justin Dunn line also had three goals and eight total points.

It was a fairly easy night for goalie Nick Ramirez, who stopped all 16 shots he saw.

Trenton, which has outscored two foes 12-0 so far in these playoffs, is now 22-4-1 this season.

Last Updated: 3/6/2014 4:12:27 PM EST