|San Jose State hockey defeated USC in both games last weekend from Sharks Ice at Fremont by 5-2 and 6-3 scores. The Spartans take the season series against the Trojans 3-0 after defeating USC once down in Anaheim a couple weeks back.
The Trojans came into town somewhat short-staffed for the weekend. The biggest loss was between the pipes, where the Trojans were without regular starter Nathan Urquhart. The Spartans trailed early in the game after USC converted on a power play less than three minutes in. SJSU would get a power play of their own a few minutes later, and Schuyler Krawczuk was able to tie it up on a goal assisted by Cody Murphy and Christian Rendino.
San Jose State was leading in shots, but still looked a bit sluggish for the first half of the game. The Trojans regained the lead midway through the second period, and that finally seemed to wake the slumbering Spartans. SJSU scored two goals in the last three minutes of the second to gain the lead before heading to the locker room. The first goal came from Zach McKeithan on a huge one-timer set up by rookie defenseman Bo Whinery. Whinery would then score himself by throwing a puck off a Trojan defenseman in front of the net.
The third period was all San Jose State as they added a couple insurance goals - another goal from Krawczuk assisted by Spencer Archer and Sam Shayesteh, as well as a late one on the power play scored by Johnny Germaine. McKeithan and Murphy had the assists - giving both of them a 3 point night.
The Spartans would win by a final score of 5-2, outshooting USC 52-17. Mario Retana had 15 saves in the win. Retana passed Allesandro Mulane for second all-time in career games played for SJSU by making the start. He currently sits one win behind tying (former San Jose Shark) Ryan Lowe for second most wins in their Spartan careers.
While the score for Saturday's game ended similar to Friday's, the way the teams got there was completely different. This time, the Spartans controlled play right out of the gate, and took a 2-0 lead with two goals in a span of 13 seconds. Corey Semmelmayer notched the first goal of the game, on a play assisted by Krawczuk, with Krawczuk then scoring the second goals immediately after.
SJSU kept it going in the second period, piling on three more goals. Five minutes into the period, Krawczuk would pick up a second goal, this time with Semmelmayer getting the assist. Romeo Sandoval would also get rewarded for his hard work in front of the net all weekend with a goal two minutes later. And then rookie defenseman Bo Whinery got himself back on the scoresheet midway through the game with his second goal of the season, and his second in as many nights.
The Spartans had a commanding 5-0 lead after two periods, and built on it with a Christian Rendino goal just 1:38 into the third period. Unfortunately for SJSU, the Trojans got their act together just as the Spartans were starting to get into penalty trouble. A goal by Cody Clayton would get USC on the board and snap goaltender Eddie Berlin's shutout streak at a little over 100 minutes. The Trojans would add two more to make the game a little closer, but the Spartans held on for the 6-3 win. With the victory, the Spartans now stand at 8-2-2 on the year.
The Spartans return to action this Friday as they travel up north to face their fiercest Bay Area rivals - the Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears!