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Trenton's Ramirez does what he does best in Trojans' D2 state championship PHOTO GALLERY/TOUT VIDEO

  • Senior goaltender and team assistant captain Nick Ramierz capped off his hockey career on top, as the Trenton Trojans took down Hartland Saturday for the Division 2 state title. Photo gallery by Frank Wladyslawski
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When Trenton’s star goalie Nick Ramirez didn’t get up after attempting to stop a breakaway goal in Saturday’s D2 state final game, it was a moment of concern for the team.

But Ramirez isn’t known as arguably the area’s best goalie for no reason.

Ramirez had five wins in his last five games heading into the state finals, including three shutouts.

Two days before Saturday’s contest he worked with teammate Garrett Carroll to shut out De La Salle 7-0 to advance to the D2 finals.

Ramirez went down, not quite sure what his injury was, but knowing he had a job to finish.

Teammates crowded around the goalie encouraging him.

“They were just telling me to get up and keep playing,” he said. “That’s really it.

“When we got scored on, we weren’t really skating well. When that happened, we started playing a lot better.”

The momentum quickly swung in the Trojans’ favor and down 1-0 early in the first, they went on to post an 8-3 win.

It was Trenton's 14th state title.

“We knew we were the better team and we just had to go out there and execute,” Ramirez said. “If we went out and executed we would win. If we kept our feet moving and we played our game, they couldn’t keep up with us.”

Ramirez, who has only been playing hockey for seven years and is in his second season with the Trojans, said he knew the state title was a possibility early on.

“I always knew it straight from the summer because we just have a special bond,” he said. “We all just hung out; we went to baseball games together, we went to bonfires. We did something every week and that’s just what we did.

“We were family.”

Ramirez credited his team with all the hard work over the season.

“We started three and three which is rough, but we all really put in a lot of hard work and we never stopped working,” he said. “That’s what made is so special and it just paid off and we won states.”

A goalie often has to carry a team on his back and Ramirez did so many times this season. Although he did have plenty of offensive help in the form of Mitch Galea, Quinn Preston, Justin Dunn, Andrew Sawyer and others.

“Other than making saves, I just stay positive and try to lead the right way,” he said.

Various wins stand out for the senior star, including Saturday’s state title.

“Catholic Central and Stevenson for sure,” he said when asked about other favorites. “Those were probably two of my best games and two of my team’s best games.”

The Trojans knocked off Livonia Stevenson in double overtime to win this year’s regional title.

Aside from being a star between the pipes, Ramirez has several memories from Saturday’s win.

“Just getting that trophy and hugging coach; we’ve heard it might be his last season, (but) if he goes out on top, he got the record and we got 14. It was just a great season,” he said.”

“It was awesome being with our team.”

Ramirez, rightfully so, believes his team is tops in the state.

“I believe we’re the best team in the state,” he said. “Others might say something else, but I think we are.

“It was just awesome; just being with team 47 every day was just the greatest time of my life.”

Heading into Saturday’s D2 final, Ramirez was 10-2 in 13 games played. He had two solo shutouts and just 21 goals against for a .938 save percentage.

He made 315 saves en route to the Trojan’s 24-4-1 season and had just a 1.69 goals against average.

After Saturday's win, Ramirez was named to the first team MIHL team and first team All-State.

In the future, Ramirez has hopes to continue playing hockey in college while he studies marketing.

Last Updated: 3/11/2014 3:48:39 AM EST