TRENTON — In a battle of two of the top three teams in Division 2, Trenton scored a pair of unanswered third-period goals to hand Traverse City Central just its third setback of the season.
No. 2-ranked TC Central went into the third period with a 3-2 lead before Phil Pugliese and Justin Dunn goals gave No. 3 Trenton a 4-3 win at the MIHL Showcase that Trenton hosts.
Central knocked off No. 9 Port Huron Northern on Friday.
After a scoreless first period in which Trenton held a 14-6 advantage in shots on goal, Central (19-3) struck three times in the second, converting a pair of power plays.
Reilly deTar scored first off Cooper Macdonell and Nico Saco assists 7:46 into the second period. After Trenton tied it back up, Cooper Marshall cashed in a power play off Cam Givens and Brady Brantley helpers.
Trenton again answered, but Central's Alex Oliver put TCC up with a Joe Videki assist.
Bill Vermetten made 33 saves in goal for Central, which was outshot 37-25 for the game, but held Trenton to 0-for-4 with the advantage.
Central is back in action next weekend, traveling Friday to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Northeastern and Saturday to Division 1 No. 4-ranked Muskegon Mona Shores.
TC West 3 Midland 0
Carter Edmondson stopped all 20 shots he faced to shut out Midland as Traverse City West earned a 3-0 victory at the MIHL Showcase in Trenton.
The Titans held the Chemics scoreless on four power plays in the process.
Keeler Steele gave West a 1-0 lead in the first period, scoring off a Ryan Basel assist.
Jake Saxton and John Linenger lit the lamp in the second period off assists from Collin Peters, Nick Schultz and Max Jenner.
West (7-12-2) returns to the ice Wednesday at Cadillac.
Allen Park 6 Bay Reps 3
For the second straight day, the Bay Reps scored first and last, but still came out on the short end of the stick at the MIHL Showcase in Trenton.
Allen Park scored six straight goals — two on the power play and one short-handed — after Zach Hill gave the Reps an early 1-0 lead with an unassisted short-handed goal of his own.
Deryk Henderson and Hill notched power-play goals in the third period after Allen Park's flurry. Jakson Drake, Hill, Scott Fisher and Nick Sicinski drew assists.
Claire Huhta and Jay Jones split time in goal, with Huhta making 15 saves and Jones four.
The Reps (9-13) travel to Gaylord next Saturday.
-- Compiled by James Cook