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2013-14 All-News-Herald Hockey Team PHOTO GALLERY

  • Andrew Coleman - Carlson
  • Alex Robinson - Woodhaven
  • Andrew Sawyer - Trenton
  • Devin Collins - Huron
  • Brett Kates - Cabrini
  • Dominic Moore - Woodhaven
  • Jesse McGowan - Huron
  • Joe Smellie - Roosevelt
  • John Ames - Richard
  • Matt Mandernach - Woodhaven
  • Justin Dunn - Trenton
  • Mitch Galea - Trenton
  • Nick Ramirez - Trenton
  • Patrick Holder - Carlson
  • Quinn Preston - Trenton
  • Joshua Hinderliter - Roosevelt
  • Trevor Monaco - Woodhaven
  • Ryan Elyer - Flat Rock-Airport
  • Bryan Bernier-Anderson
  • Chris Hass- Riverview
  • Conor Cunningham - Trenton
  • David Pischke-Allen Park
  • Dean Ziberi-Grosse Ile
  • Dominic Alderman-Anderson
  • Ellis Graham-Carlson
  • Hunter McGough-Grosse Ile
  • Nick Metropoulos-Allen Park
  • Toph Mann-Allen Park
  • Tyler Rode-Riverview
  • Michael Hodgson - Richard

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Trenton highlighted what was another great season for hockey in the Downriver area, as the Trojans dominated from start to finish and earned the Division 2 state championship, which was their 14th title in school history.

It was the 11th championship for Trenton under Mike Turner, who announced his retirement soon after and went out as the state’s all-time winningest high school hockey coach with 629 career victories to his credit.

This year, the Trojans lead the area with six All-News-Herald selections, including five players who were also honored as first team all-state picks.

Of the remaining area squads, Richard made the deepest run into the playoffs, as the Pioneers won a regional title and reached the Division 3 state quarterfinals before exiting the postseason. Richard wrapped up the 2013-14 campaign with a 21-6-1 record and this year has three representatives on the All-News-Herald Team, including a first team and a second team all-state pick.

In Division 1, a Woodhaven squad full of new faces quickly learned to play together and went on to earn a 20-7-1 record and a trip to the regional final game. The Warriors have three representatives on this year’s All-News-Herald Team, a trio that includes a first team all-state pick and two all-state honorable mentions.

It was a host of other accomplishments for other local teams. Carlson took on Richard in the regional final after a big come-from-behind win in Grosse Ile the previous game. Allen Park won a handful of tournaments, including the annual News-Herald tournament after knocking off 2012 champ Roosevelt. The Jags also went to a regional final appearance, taking on rival Divine Child for the second year, but lost in heartbreaking fashion in double overtime.

Here is your 2013-2014 All News-Herald Hockey Team:

Mitch Galea, Trenton

Galea joined up with the Trojans for his senior season and was exactly what the squad needed in its pursuit of a state championship. His 42 goals and 76 total points not only led the team, but topped the entire MIHL. In Trenton’s run to the title, the Division 2 first team all-state forward had eight postseason goals and six assists, including a hat trick against Hartland in the championship game. He finished the 2013-14 season having scored two or more goals in 13 games and was only held without a point once all season.

Justin Dunn, Trenton

Dunn capped off his high school career as a co-captain of the state champion Trojans and was dominant on the ice all season. Before the 2013-14 campaign was over, the Division 2 first team all-state selection had scored 38 goals and recorded 75 total points, which left him behind only teammate Mitch Galea for the team and league lead in both categories. In the state title game victory against Hartland at Compuware Arena, Dunn netted three goals and was credited with two assists.

Alex Robinson, Woodhaven

In just his sophomore season in Woodhaven, Robinson was a key contributor to the Warriors’ 2013-14 success, which included a 20-7-1 record and an appearance in the regional final game. The forward was second on the team in goals with 19 and second in assists with 22, which earned him an all state honorable mention in Division 1.

Andrew Sawyer, Trenton

In his senior season with the Trojans, Sawyer served with teammate and fellow forward Justin Dunn as the state champs’ other co-captain. With his 44 assists and 17 goals, he joined fellow forwards Dunn and Mitch Galea on the first team of the Division 2 all-state team. Sawyer’s assist total topped the Trenton squad for 2013-14 and was good for second best in the MIHL, while his 61 total points left him third on the team and fourth in the league. 14 of his points came in the postseason, as he netted three playoff goals and was credited with 11 assists.

David Pischke, Allen Park

Pischke seemed to be the one who was always at the right place at the right time for the Jags this season. The senior forward led his team with 23 goals and 11 assists for 34 total points. He finished the season with 128 shots on goal, a plus-seven rating and three game-winning goals.

Conor Cunningham, Trenton

As a defenseman for the Trojans, Cunningham stood tall during his junior season on the ice and was a big reason the squad was able to shut down some of the state’s best teams en route to its 14th title in school history. Offensively, the Division 2 first team all-state pick was tied for fifth on the team in assists with 20 and he netted three goals along the way, one of which was a game winner.

Michael Hodgson, Richard

Hodgson kicked off his junior season with five goals in the Pioneers’ first game and never looked back. Before it was over, the junior forward scored 55 times and had 26 assists, which helped lead a strong Richard team to a 21-6-1 record and on a postseason run that included a trip to the Division 3 state quarterfinals. For his efforts, Hodgson was named first team all state in Division 3. “Michael might have the best shoot in high school hockey, said Richard Coach Ricky DeSana. “Its quick release is so fast and accurate; it's just stunning to opposing goaltenders.”

Nick Ramirez, Trenton

Opponents had a difficult time getting anything by Trojans’ starting goaltender Ramirez during his senior season, as he was another big reason why the team won a state title. The assistant captain and Division 2 first team all-state selection posted a 24-4 record, recorded four shutouts and finished with 1.92 goals against average. He shined brightest against some of the state’s best, as he stopped 41 of 42 shots against Catholic Central and in the playoffs turned away 43 of 45 shots against Livonia Stevenson in what was eventually an overtime victory for Trenton.

Joshua Hinderliter, Roosevelt

Hinderliter was honored, along with fellow Bear Joe Smellie, as one of the best defensemen in the entire state. Hinderliter picked up an all-state honorable mention in Division 2 and was also named to the All MIHL South First Team. Offensively, he was third on the Roosevelt squad in assists with eight and he was fourth on the team in total points with 12.

Nick Metropoulos, Allen Park

Another power forward for Coach John Brithinee’s Jags, Metropoulos had 14 goals and 16 assists in 24 games played this season. The senior finished with 68 shots on goal, a plus-eleven rating and scored four game-winning goals.

Quinn Preston, Trenton

Preston served as yet another big-time scoring threat for the Trojans during their state championship run of 2013-14. The junior forward finished with 22 goals, which was third best on the team and was the fourth best in the MIHL. He also earned 23 assists during the season, which gave him the fourth highest point total on the team and the sixth highest total in the league. In the postseason he netted four goals, including one in the state title game, and was credited with five assists.

John Ames, Richard

Just a sophomore, Ames excelled all over the ice for the Pioneers during the 2013-14 season. He stood out as a solid defenseman on a talented Richard squad. When bumped up to play forward he didn’t skip a beat, as he finished the season with 15 goals and 25 assists. Ames’ big season with the Pioneers, which included a trip to the state quarterfinals, earned him second team all state honors in Division 3.

Matt Mandernach, Richard

In his senior season with the Pioneers, Mandernach posted an 11-4 record as the team’s primary goaltender and finished with a .938 goals against average. He was consistently praised by the Richard coaching staff for his hard work and leadership both on and off the ice during Richard’s successful 2013-14 season.

Jesse McGowan, Huron

Despite an early-season injury, McGowan bounced back to have a big senior year with the Chiefs. The captain led his team in goals with 24 goals and finished with nine assists. Strong on both ends of the ice, McGowan took pride in defensive play, as well as his scoring ability, and finished with a plus-minus rating of 21.

Devin Collins, Huron

As a junior defenseman, Collins was strong on both ends of the ice during the 2013-14 season. In what was his third year as a starter, the team co-captain led all Chiefs’ defenseman with 10 goals, two of which were game winners, and he topped the entire team in assists with 19. Collins’ plus-minus rating of 25 was also the best of any Huron player.

Ryan Eyler, Flat Rock-Airport

With 32 goals and 13 assists in 2013-14, Eyler stood out as one of the area’s best goal scorers during his senior season with the Jets. The forward served as captain of the unified team and was a leader both on and off the ice. Although the Jets got out to a rough start, the squad played tough down the stretch, including a seven-goal night from Eyler in a victory against Crestwood.

Brett Kates, Cabrini

As a senior with the Monarchs, Kates served as the starting goaltender for his second consecutive season and was strong between the pipes. The captain faced 852 shots during what was a tough year for Cabrini, as the team played with a short bench on most nights. However, Kates continued to stand tall during the season and served as a leader, not letting the team give up.

Ellis Graham, Carlson

Graham was named the Marauders’ MVP this season and for good reason. He often made spectacular saves to keep his team in the game and helped lead Carlson to a regional final appearance. The senior finished the year 15-11-2 and had an 89.61 save percentage.

Dom Alderman, Anderson

Just a sophomore, Alderman often came up with huge saves between the pipes to keep his Titans in the game. He played 1,399 minutes for Coach Pat Jesue this year and finished with a 3.42 GAA in 27 games played.

Joe Smellie, Roosevelt

Although it was a tough year for the Bears, two of their senior defensemen were recognized as being among the best in the state. Smellie was named as an all-state honorable mention in Division 2 and was also named to the All MIHL South First Team. Offensively, he was second on the Roosevelt squad in assists with 10, just one behind Matt Calhoun for the team lead, and he was third in total points with 14.

Dominic Moore, Woodhaven

Moore wrapped up his high school career by helping to guide the Warriors to a successful season and was later recognized as one of the state’s best players. The senior forward was named first team all-state in Division 1 after leading his squad in goals with 27 and in assists with 31. Moore’s performance helped guide Woodhaven to a 20-7-1 record and an appearance in the regional final game.

Trevor Monaco, Woodhaven

After a strong junior season with the Warriors, Monaco returned for 2013-14 and was not only one of the best goaltenders in the area, but also picked up an honorable mention on the all state team in Division 1. He went 12-5-1 in his senior campaign and had a goals against average of 3.32 while in the net for Woodhaven, which went 20-7-1 and reached the regional final game.

Drew Coleman, Carlson

A captain for the Marauders this season, Coleman was named part of Carlson’s dream team. He led the team in points (35), finishing with 21 goals and 14 assists en route to a regional final appearance.

Toph Mann, Allen Park

A top defenseman for Allen Park, Mann helped lead his Jags to a regional final this past season. The senior finished the year with 11 points of five goals and six assists. Mann also had a plus-10 rating and one game-winning goal.

Bryan Bernier, Anderson

In 27 games played for Anderson this season, Bernier tallied nine goals and seven assists for 16 points. He had just 18 penalty minutes and won 178 face offs for Coach Pat Jesue and the Titans.

Pat Holder, Carlson

In his final outing with the Marauders, Holder finished the year with 29 points, scoring nine goals and adding 20 assists, the second highest on the team.

Hunter McGough, Grosse Ile

McGough was often referred to by Coach Jason Durbin as “good old Hunter McGough” for always doing exactly what was needed this past season. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time and finished with eight goals and eight assists.

Chris Hass, Riverview

A four-year veteran for Coach Al Taurence’s Bucs, Hass was instrumental to the Riverview offense this season. The captain had two goals in a big win over Carlson this season, scoring just 33 seconds in and then again 15 seconds later. He also recorded an assist in the regional final appearance.

Dean Ziberi, Grosse Ile

Ziberi was a force on the Red Devils offense this season. Just a junior, he finished the year with nine goals and nine assists.

Tyler Rode, Riverview

Just a second-year player with the Bucs, Rode served as captain during his senior year. He recorded two assists in a big overtime win over Anderson and clocked major ice time in a big win over rival Carlson.

Honorable Mention:

Allen Park: Jason Obrycki-Smith, Todd Maynard

Anderson: Mac Slowik, Brandon Robert

Carlson: Dylan Nixdorf

Grosse Ile: Jordan Gilbert

Riverview: Shane Nowack, Tyler Bozynski

Cabrini: Sheldon Varhol, Brendan Alvis, Jacob Mackie

Flat Rock-Airport: Sam Farrah, Seth Farrah, Mike Vella

Huron: John Michael Kosiba, Aaron Pyzik

Richard: Brendan Damron, Devin Dickow, Jon Rhind

Roosevelt: Andrew Storey, Frank Cerulla, Joe Nevalo

Trenton: Phil Pugliese, Griffin Sawyer

Woodhaven: Billy Brock, Jon Szczepaniak, CJ Yacuone

Last Updated: 7/8/2014 6:47:27 PM EST