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10/10/14 - Gameday Preview: College of the Canyons Weekend
By the SJSUHockey.net Staff
Your Spartans return home to take on the College of the Canyons Cougars this weekend for a two game set.

The first game starts at 7:30 pm Friday, with game two dropping the puck at 7:00 pm Saturday.

Both games will be on the north rink of Sharks Ice at San Jose. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is only $8, and students get in for $4. Kids in youth hockey jerseys get in free!

If you can't make it to the rink, you can catch a live broadcast of both the games! As always, Black Dog Enterprises provides the video stream. KSJS will simulcast an audio only broadcast of both games as well. Spartan voice Jonathan Wold will be joined by Jason Hart on Friday, and Lewis Geist on Saturday night.

KNOW YOUR ENEMY
College of the Canyons Cougars

The 2010-11 D3 National Champions make the trip up from Valencia for their first NorCal trip of the year.

The Cougars have had a rough start to the year against some quality opponents. They started off the year with D3 Santa Rosa Junior College, but lost both games by scores of 6-2 and 8-2.

Later that weekend, the Cougars traveled to Tempe to play both of Arizona State's D2 squads. They were dismantled by powerhouse ASU Elite 21-0, and didn't fair much better the next night, losing 15-0 to ASU PAC 8.

The Cougars are currently led offensively by Matthew Hoover & Sam Taferner. They've split time evenly between netminders Erik Alvarado & Taiyoh London, meaning both will likely get a look this weekend. The Spartans also may have to look out for COC's Tucker May - who already found himself in the sin bin for 52 minutes through 3 games.

STORYLINES
The Spartans felt seriously shorthanded last weekend in Boise. They will get some relief as Ian Seidl will return to the lineup. But Jacob Hickey remains injured. Luke Schneider showed some good chemistry with Nicholas Matejovsky last weekend as he scored 2 goals in Boise. Will the rookie get the look on the top-line?

The Spartans had goaltender Nikhil Bhat skating out as a defenseman during practice this week. Will Bhat get the chance to help shore up an understaffed defense corps?

Since College of the Canyons is a Division 3 squad, the Spartans may feel comfortable enough to give a night off to workhorse netminder Mario Retana. Will we see the Spartan debut for rookie goaltender Eddie Berlin?

Go Spartans!
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