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02/17/16 - Preview: Spartans Seniors Say Goodbye Versus Berkeley
By the Staff
Seven Spartans will be honored as their SJSU Hockey careers come to an end with their final home game. The seniors will be honored prior to the game against Bay Area rival, Cal-Berkeley.

Warm-up and ceremonies begin at 7:30 pm this Friday from the North rink of Sharks Ice at San Jose. Tickets are available at the door. If you can't catch the game in person, you can tune in to Black Dog Enterprises's live streaming video coverage with Jonathan Wold and Daniel Barrera on the call.

Mario Retana - goaltender
102 GP, 62-32-5 record, 3.08 GAA, 7 shutouts
The Spartans' workhorse netminder for the past four seasons will start his last home game for SJSU. Mario ranks second all-time in wins, games played, and minutes, and is tied for first place in career shutouts. He was instrumental in SJSU's run to Nationals in 2014.

Sam Shayesteh - forward
102 GP, 12 G, 23 A, 35 P, 51 PIM
Sam's work ethic and desire to improve have been his trademarks. His first semester in 2012, he played in only 3 games, but continued to work hard, and appeared in all second semester games. Since then, Sam has continued to work to become a reliable forward. He's having a career year his senior season with 4 goals and 9 assists.

Johnny Germaine - center
96 GP, 25 G, 38 A, 63 P, 47 PIM
While not technically a senior, the grad student has run out of eligibility for the Spartans. Despite being cut from tryouts his first two tries, Germaine played for the D3 Spartans and proved his worth, earning a spot in 2011. This year, Germaine has been arguably the best defensive player on the ice most nights. He'll best be remembered fro scoring the game-winning-goal against Utah to send the Spartans to Nationals.

Cody Murphy - defenseman
55 GP, 21 G, 59 A, 80 P, 124 PIM
The Spartans' current captain and team president was forced to retire at the end of the first semester due to lingering concussion problems. In his time on the ice, Murphy was a force. His blend of solid physical play, flashy offensive skills and physicality made him one of the most well-rounded and best defenseman in SJSU history. He led the Spartans in scoring last season with 48 points.

Spencer Archer - forward
49 GP, 21 G, 32 A, 53 P, 67 PIM
Archer wraps up two seasons with SJSU after transferring from junior college. He was able to immediately step into the lineup and be a major offensive weapon. He formed instant chemistry with center Schuyler Krawczuk, and was a mainstay on the power play in his favorite spot on the half-boards. He leads this year's team with 22 assists.

Zach McKeithan - center
32 GP, 22 G, 19 A, 41 P, 14 PIM
A call-up from D3 last season, it took McKeithan a few games to find the scoring touch he dominated D3 with. It's definitely come through this year, with the speedy goal-scorer leading the team in goals and points.

Patrick Thompson - defenseman/forward
23 GP, 2 PIM
Another former D3 product, Thompson made the team this season out of tryouts. While he hasn't gotten quite as much ice time as the other names on the list, Thompson has worked hard to provide value wherever the Spartans need it - forward or defense.

University of California Golden Bears
Though they've struggled in recent years, Cal is a relatively formidable opponent this season. They were recently the number one seed in the PAC 8 Playoffs, after a 9-5 conference record. Though they lost in their first game against USC, it was a tight 3-1 game against a team SJSU has had trouble with in the past. On the year overall, through scouring results in different places, the Bears appear to be 14-7 overall (1 win by forfeit, 2 losses by forfeit).

In the games logged on the ACHA website, the team has six players producing at a point per game pace. They are led offensively by Michael Leone. He has a team leading 14 goals and 24 points, and is tied for the lead with 10 assists. Kyle McAlister has gotten the majority of starts, going 5-4 with a 4.26 GAA and an .846 SV%.

It's senior night! That's story enough! Come out and support your Spartans at home for the final time this year!
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