|The regular season comes to a conclusion with a familiar rival and a few goodbyes.
The Spartans take on Santa Rosa Junior College in the 2014-2015 season finale. It's senior night for the Spartans, who will be honoring their four graduating seniors playing their final game: Nikhil Bhat, Michael Stivers, Ian Seidl, and team captain Nicholas Matejovsky. Warm-ups start at 7:30 pm from Sharks Ice at San Jose. SJSU will honor the seniors in a ceremony before puck drop.
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KNOW YOUR ENEMY
Santa Rosa Junior College Polar Bears
The Polar Bears come into this game with a 16-7-3 record on the year, including a 1-2-1 record against ACHA D2 teams. That win actually came against D2's #4 Boise State just a couple weeks ago.
In the two games this year between SJSU and SRJC, the Spartans have a win and a tie (with an unofficial shootout win). The Spartans won 5-3 at home, while getting the 2-2 tie up in Santa Rosa to end the first semester.
Josiah Nikkel still leads the Polar Bears with 27 goals and 45 total points in 19 games. He was also the player who had the game-tying goal against SJSU in the final seconds to send that game to overtime. Dominic Jones is the probable starter in net for SRJC with a 10-2 record, 2.48 goals against average and .902 save percentage.
SRJC has played D2 teams tough all year, can they pull one more upset, or will the Spartans continue their rule of the Bay Area?
The final D2 rankings come out after this weekend. While chances are much slimmer than SJSU may have hoped, they aren't guaranteed to miss Regionals. Will this game be a warm-up for the postseason, or the end of the line?
The four graduating seniors spent a combined 15 seasons with the SJSU. Can the Spartans give a fitting end to four Spartan careers?