|San Jose State plays their final Northern California game of the first semester as they head up north to face their fiercest Bay Area rival - Santa Rosa Junior College.
The Spartans lone game this weekend happens tonight against SRJC from Snoopy's Home Ice in Santa Rosa. Puck drops at 8:30 pm.
If you can't make the trip up to see the Spartans in person, Jonathan Wold has the call live via Black Dog Enterprises!
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears
The Polar Bears come into the game with an overall record of 7-5-1. A strong D3 squad with a tough schedule, SRJC has a record of 4-3-1 against D2 opponents.
Two of those games this season were against SJSU. The Spartans opened their season with a 5-4 victory against SRJC in San Jose, and then tied 3-3 against them up in Boise, ID at the Bronco Showcase.
Leading the Polar Bears in scoring is the always dangerous Josiah Nikkel, with 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 11 games played. SRJC has four other players producing at a point per game pace, however. Christopher Tomaszewksi has been the team's stalwart netminder with a 4-4 record in 10 appearances. He has a 3.55 goals against average and an .898 save percentage.
The Spartans stand at #14 in the West regional rankings. With a light schedule the past few weeks, the Spartans cannot afford a misstep. Can Santa Rosa catch them off guard?
Rookie forward Corey Semmelmayer has been on fire! He has an active goal streak of 8 games and a point streak of 9 games. Can he keep those streaks going?
Whenever the Spartans and Polar Bears meet, the teams seem destined for a shootout. That was the case in Boise this season, and the past two games in Santa Rosa. Will the Spartans pull off a victory before the skills competition, or will history repeat itself again?