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  • It took almost two overtimes but the Trojans bested Livonia Stevenson on Saturday night to claim the regional championship at Wyandotte's Yack Arena. Trenton will face Ann Arbor Pioneer on Tuesday at Yost Arena. Photos by Larry Caruso

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The Trenton hockey team has been so good this season it has needed few last-second heroics.

But when the Trojans needed those heroics Saturday night, first-year senior Mitch Galea – the team’s leading scorer – was there to provide them.

Galea poked the puck past Livonia Stevenson goalie Andrew Rozenbaun with 2:31 to play in the second overtime of a regional championship game at Wyandotte’s Yack Arena. The goal came with Trenton enjoying a 5-on-3 man advantage.

Galea’s game-winning goal put an end to an edge-of-your-seat kind of a game that had been tied since early in the second period.

Phil Pugliese gave Trenton a 1-0 lead in the first period, but Stevenson later tied it on a power play. Early in the second, Aaron Arturi scored to restore Trenton’s advantage, but mere seconds later Stevenson retied the game on a goal that bounced off goalie Nick Ramirez’s catching glove and trickled into the goal. It was the first soft goal an opponent had gotten past Ramirez in months, but for more than 35 minutes it stood between Trenton and another regional title.

Trenton forced the issue for much of the game, but the Trojans’ passing seemed just off and they failed to click several times on what looked like promising scoring chances. Rozenbaum and Ramirez took turns making brilliant saves and a few shaky, not-so-brilliant ones.

But brilliant or not, Ramirez stopped all the rest of the Spartan shots, while Rosenbaum missed on Galea’s game-winner.

Trenton owned the overtime, outshooting the Spartan 7-1 in the first one and keeping the pressure up in the second.

“It was a tremendous game,” said Trenton Coach Mike Turner, who upped his Michigan-best career win total to 625. “(Stevenson) was the team that knocked us out of the playoffs last year and we wanted a chance to get them back.”

Turner said he wasn’t surprised his team came out strong in the extra periods and said he thought they played very well in the second and third periods, too.

“We’ve got a pretty good team and they came out ready to play hard tonight. (Stevenson) outshot us at times, but they were shooting the puck from everywhere. Not all of them were dangerous shots.”

Trenton has now reeled off three straight playoff victory and beaten Roosevelt, Grosse Pointe South and Stevenson by a combined score of 15-2. The Trojans are 23-4-1 this season.

Next up for the team is Ann Arbor Pioneer. The Trojans and Pioneers will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Yost Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan.

The winner of Tuesday night’s Division 2 state quarterfinal game will advance to play in the semifinals at Compuware Arena on Thursday night against the winner of the Port Huron Northern- Warren De La Salle quarterfinal game.

Port Huron and De La Salle are both Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League teams and Trenton has already beaten each of them this year.

Last Updated: 3/4/2014 2:26:00 PM EST