|The San Jose State Spartans traveled up to Fremont last weekend as they defeated their South Bay rivals, the Santa Clara Broncos, 3-0. With the shutout, senior goaltender Mario Retana tied Eric Lahrs' San Jose State career record with 7 shutouts.
Retana would end up making 17 saves in the victory, but really had his work cut out for him in the second period, especially. After a scoreless opening period that the Spartans controlled, the Broncos started to push back and get some shots on Retana. Mario was up to the task, however, and the Spartans responded with a late goal to take the lead. Tim Frederickson stole a puck in the neutral zone - was up-ended - but still slid the puck to Luke Schnieder, who broke into the zone and fired a pass that would be buried by a Christian Rendino wrist shot.
Into the third period, the 1-0 Spartan lead held for a long time. With just over 9 minutes left, Zach McKeithan had the puck behind the Bronco goal line. He passed it to Johnny Germaine in the slot. Germaine was hit and fell somewhat awkwardly to the ice, but still had the wherewithal to get a pass to a crashing Romeo Sandoval, who scored a huge insurance goal. Germaine would end up getting a point for that pass, but also had great scoring chances he created after hitting the post twice. McKeithan would put the cherry on top of the game with an empty net goal with 1:33 left to eventually give the Spartans the 3-0 win.
With the win, the Spartans advance to 14-6-2 on the season, and completed the two-game season sweep of the Broncos. SJSU ended up out-shooting SCU 48-17. Mario Retana earned his 11th win of the year, and 61st of his Spartan career - where he ranks second to Lahrs.
The Spartans face another Bay Area rival this Friday - the Santa Rosa JC Polar Bears - at 7:30 pm from Sharks Ice at San Jose.