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Hartland wins 2019 MHSAA Division 2 state championship


By @MichaelCaples –

PLYMOUTH – A repeat, in convincing fashion.

Hartland is the MHSAA Boys’ Ice Hockey Division 2 state champions once again.

In the first game of Championship Saturday at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, the Eagles beat Trenton 4-0 in a rematch of last year’s final.

The Eagles took control of the contest early, and never looked back, as they out-shot the Trojans 18-3 in the first period, and 14-3 in the second period.

Video highlights from the post-game celebration and press conference:

The Pietila brothers, two new faces on a team that returned 12 from last year’s title-winning squad, scored the game’s first three goals – senior Owen scored two goals eight seconds apart in the first period, and sophomore Adam scored in the second.

Brett Tome recorded the victory between the pipes for Hartland, while Gabe Anderson added a power-play goal in the third period for insurance.

All-Tournament Team selections, as chosen by members of the media:

Forwards: Owen Pietila (Hartland), Joey Larson (Hartland), Nolan Szczepaniak (Trenton)
Defensemen: Dakota Kott (Hartland), Johnny Druskinis (Hartland)
Goaltender: Joey Cormier (Trenton)

Mike Turner Trophy as D2 MVP: Owen Pietila (Hartland)

Photos by Andrew Knapik/MiHockey

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