Trenton Hockey dominates the Ann Arbor skyline; earned 4th regional title in a row | MIPrepZone
Trenton dominated the fourth straight regional title against Ann Arbor Skyline on Saturday night.
The host Trojans rose four goals after two periods and added five more in the third period. They ran away with a 9-1 win at the Kennedy Recreation Center.
The last record for Trenton was on the eight-goal grace rule, with 2:17 still on the clock, and the Trojans took the Division 2, District 16 championship title.
With the win, Trenton (12-7) played in the quarterfinals of the D2 at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center against Novi (12-2-2) on Tuesday. The game was supposed to start at 7:00 p.m. The winner met either Port Huron Northern or Brother Rice in a D2 state semi-final game at the USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday
Overall, the Trojans are in the state’s Final Four after four consecutive places. Trenton was runners-up in both 2018 and 2019 and was due to play in a semi-final game in March last year when college sports were shut down due to the threat of COVID-19.
Against Skyline (9: 5) on Saturday, Collin Preston had a hat trick for the Trojans, while Rory Szczepaniak had two goals and an assist and Hayden Oboza scored twice.
Brendan Shaw lit the lamp once and had four assists in the win for Trenton, while Caleb Kneiding once found the back of the net and picked up two assists.
Others who earned assists for the home team on Saturday were Mikey Mace (2), Jacob Wiseman (2), Brad Nemeth (2), Nickolas Fields (1) and Zach Anderson (1).
Overall, Saturday was Trenton’s third game in a row with nine goals in the playoffs of the state of 2021. The Trojans dominated Huron United at the start on Tuesday with 9: 0 and came on Thursday in the semifinals with 9: 4 to a strong AA Pioneer (11: 3: 1) team over.
In that semi-final game, Pioneer got on the board first and stayed within striking distance until Trenton added two unanswered girls in the closing stages.
Szczepaniak, Anderson and Ryan Stanley scored two goals each and one each from Preston, Fields and Xaver Gradinscak.
Mace and Fields both assisted on two goals and one assist each was credited: Stanley, Oboza, Nemeth, Preston, Shaw, Caleb Kneiding, Micah Kneiding, Carter Allen and Ian Bennett.