Trenton has always been a tough place on visitors when it comes to hockey as the Trojans have been one of the most successful programs ever since high school hockey took the ice.
The Kennedy Ice Arena in Trenton hosted the Division 2, Regional 16 playoff round this week and both Pioneer and Skyline came skating with high expectations. Unfortunately, both teams ran up against tough downriver opponents were knocked out before the finals.
This was one tough Region with five of the six teams winning 15 or more games during the regular season.
Skyline skated into its semifinal game with Woodhaven on Thursday night and fell 3-1 to the talented Warriors. The Eagles finish the season with a 16-8 record.
Woodhaven improves to 22-4 and will face Trenton in the finals on Saturday. The Trojans blanked Saline 5-0 in the late semifinal game on Thursday.
Skyline started off with a 10-4 win over Huron in a first-round matchup also at Kennedy Ice Arena.
In one of the best opening-round matchups in the state, Pioneer took on host Trenton on Tuesday and fell 2-1.
The Pioneers finished their solid season with a 15-6-3 record. Trenton improved to 21-4-1 with the win.
A third-period goal from Trenton’s Sean Stanley at 5:37 was the game-winner.
Pioneer opened the scoring when Gaiden Heatley found the back of the net just 7 minutes into the game. But the Trojans answered less than 3 minutes later when Nik Moody scored.
The teams were scoreless for the next 30 minutes before Stanley broke the deadlock. Pioneer had just two third-period shots against the Trojans.
Trenton outshot the Pioneers 35-15.