|The Spartans host the #4 Boise State Broncos for two games this weekend with the Spartans postseason chances very likely on the line.
The first game is on Friday at 7:30 pm, while game two is on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Both games will be held at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
Jonathan Wold and Chad Oklin-Jolin are on the call for both games, simulcast on 90.5 KSJS and Black Dog Enterprises.
KNOW YOUR ENEMY
#4 Boise State University Broncos
The Broncos come into this game with a very impressive 20-2 record on the season. That includes a 20 game win steak sandwiched by losses to #3 Utah and D3 Santa Rosa JC. In that streak, the Broncos had wins over SJSU, Montana Tech, Utah, Long Beach, Fullerton and Loyola-Marymount.
The only time the Spartans saw the Broncos this year was back at the beginning of the season up in Boise. A tired, short-staffed Spartans fell to the Broncos 3-1. All four of those goals came on breakaways.
While the Broncos have five players producing at over a point per game pace, the Spartans will really have to look out for Justin Videen (30 goals -32 assists -62 points), Taylor Crawford (21-34-55), and Drew Punnett (12-29-41). Josh Benton continues to be the Broncos go-to goaltender with a 15-1 record, 2.80 goals against average and an .869 save percentage coming into their road trip.
With the Broncos losing unexpectedly to a D3 team in SRJC on Thursday, will they be going twice as hard to rebound? Or will NorCal continue to frustrate Boise State?
The Spartans are expected to get D3 call-ups Zach McKeithan and Patrick Melville to join the team for the stretch run starting this weekend. How will the Spartans look with 4 lines for the first time all season?
With Utah State and Weber State pulling off upsets against the #2 and #3 teams in the past few weeks, can the Spartans keep pace with a win or two against the #4 Broncos?