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Trenton dismantles DeLaSalle, will play for 14th state title Saturday PHOTO GALLERY

  • The Trenton Trojans crushed Warren DeLaSalle Thursday night in the Division 2 state semifinals at Compuware Arena and will play Hartland Saturday at 10 a.m. for the their 14th state title in school history. Photo gallery by Larry Caruso

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In a wildly uncompetitive MHSAA Division 2 hockey state semifinal game at Plymouthís Compuware Arena Thursday night, the No. 1-ranked Trenton Trojans crushed Michigan Interscholastic Hockey League rival Warren DeLaSalle 7-0.

The game was not a mercy contest only because the Trenton coaching staff had pity on the Pilots and played the third line and extra players through most of the final period.

Back-up goalie Garret Carroll came into the game in the third and blanked DeLaSalle, finishing what starter Nick Ramirez began.

This game was no contest right from the start as Trenton dominated from the opening puck drop. Trenton outshot DeLaSalle 14-3 in the first period, 18-4 in the second and 39-15 for the game. Nearly half of DeLaSalleís shots on goal came during their couple of power-play chances. Five-on-five, the Pilots could not stay with the faster, more physical Trojans.

The win was Trentonís third of the season over DeLaSalle, although it was the first blow-out and the two regular-season meetings between the clubs resulted in one-goal wins for Trenton.

With the victory, Trenton improved to 25-4-1 and will play for its 14th state championship Saturday Morning at 10 a.m. against Harland at Compuware. Trenton and Hartland met during the MIHL Showcase in early February with Trenton claiming a 5-3 decision. Hartland reached Saturdayís title game with a 2-1 win over Muskegon Reeths-Puffer in the other D2 semifinal game Thursday. This will be Hartlandís second straight trip to the finals. They lost last year to Livonia Stevenson.

Against DeLaSalle Thursday night, Trenton started strong and just got better as the game progressed.

Despite outshooting the Pilots 14-3 in the first period, Trenton led just 2-0 after the first 17 minutes on goals by Quinn Preston and Nick Bondy. It was the first of three goals on the night for junior Bondy. DeLaSalle goalie Josh Wilk played very well in the first period, stopping 16 of 18 Trenton shots, some of them real scoring threats.

Although DeLaSalle had only three shots in the period, they did have a great scoring opportunity but Ramirez stopped a breakaway.

Trentonís Thursday performance was a far cry from the sloppy game the team played in a 6-2 win over Ann Arbor Pioneer in a quarterfinal game at U-Mís Yost Arena Tuesday night.

With crisp passing and a spring in their step, the Trojans started the second period quickly and early goals by Bondy ¨Ė who tipped in a turnaround slap shot by Griffin Sawyer Ė and Phil Pugliese, chased senior Wilk in favor of junior Nick Sandercott. Sandsercott stopped the bleeding in the second period, but he had little success in the third.

Mitch Galea walked around DeLaSalleís left defenseman early in the third and beat Sandercott with a high shot on the short side. Later, Bondy completed his hat trick and, just to show they arenít all flash and sizzle, the Trojans capped the scoring when senior captain Andrew Sawyer outraced a DeLaSalle defenseman to a loose puck, tangled with him, kept his balance and got the disk to a wide-open cruising Justin Dunn who buried the shot.

Now that the Division 2 finals are set, the Division 1 and Division 3 championship games will be determined with semifinal games at Compuware Friday. In Division 1, U-of-D Jesuit will face Brighton and Novi Detroit Catholic Central will face Grandville. In Division 3, Sault Ste. Marie will face Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central and Farmington, which upset No. 1-ranked Cranbrook, will tangle with Grand Rapids Catholic Central.

All the championship games are Saturday. Division 2 will be at 10 a.m., Division 3 will be at 2 p.m. and Division 1 will be at 6 p.m.

Last Updated: 3/7/2014 12:38:42 PM EST