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12/05/14 - Gameday Preview: North Bay vs South Bay
By the SJSUHockey.net Staff
Your Spartans wrap up the first semester with a home-and-home series against the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears.

Friday night, the Spartans play host to the Polar Bears at 7:30 pm from Sharks Ice. Saturday, the roles reverse as the teams head up to Santa Rosa for an 8:30 pm game at Snoopy's Home Ice.

Jonathan Wold and Chad Oklin-Jolin are on the call for both games on Black Dog Enterprises.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY
Santa Rosa JC Polar Bears
Santa Rosa JC competes in Division 3 of the ACHA. They're the back-to-back champions of their conference: the Pacific Collegiate Hockey Association (PCHA).

The Polar Bears have been a very strong team this year, with plenty of wins over D3 opponents and a pretty impressive showing in limited action against D2 squads. They handily defeated Cal-Berkeley 8-4 and took Cal State Fullerton to the limit, just losing 6-5. Overall, SRJC sports an impressive 12-3-2 record in the 2014-15 season.

Offensively, the Polar Bears are led by forward Josiah Nikkel who has 24 goals and 16 assists in 17 games played. SRJC also has 9 other players at or above a point-per-game pace. Dominic Jones is the workhorse between the pipes, playing in 13 games with a 9-2 record, a 2.57 GAA and an .898 SV%.

STORYLINES
The Spartans are coming off a strong showing in Utah, but cannot afford a loss to a D3 opponent. Will the Polar Bears be able to steal one?

We saw a couple changes in position for Nicholas Matejovsky (to defense) and Brant Haddon (to forward). Will those position changes continue to pay off for SJSU?

Go Spartans!
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